Middle School Students participate in 4 experiential Explore Units each year lasting approximately 8 weeks each (some units are longer, some are shorter). These classes enable students to determine possible areas of interest they would like to pursue further in high school. Explore units are hands-on, project based, and immersive experiences. Throughout Explore units, guest speakers working in related fields provide opportunities for students to discover possible career paths.
6TH GRADE EXPLORE COURSES
Students learn through studying an actual Archaeological Site and then conduct their own Archaeological dig on the PSCS campus.
Through hands on challenges, students discover what skills are needed in wilderness survival situations.
Students engineer kites, hot air balloons, airplanes, and rockets to discover the principles of flight.
Bridges and buildings must be engineered to withstand the forces of nature. Students discover how engineers design structures to be safe, sustainable, and functional.
7TH GRADE EXPLORE COURSES
Students become crime scene investigators and experience the science of DNA, fingerprints, blood, tool marks, microfibers, and much more.
Structural Design/Box City
Creating a city out of cardboard, students study architectural design and city planning.
Utilizing GPS/GIS technology students learn to read, utilize and create maps.
From telling time to finding their location, students discover the that can be gained from the planets and stars that surround them.
8TH GRADE EXPLORE COURSES
Students study and design naturescapes to improve the PSCS campus.
Weather and climate impact every part of nature. Students design clothing out of recycled materials to meet the demands of different weather and climate scenarios.
Population increases and reduction of space to produce food require creative thinking. Students design and test vertical gardens to meet the demands of the 21st century.
Domesticated animals require people to ensure their welfare. Students discover the housing, health, and daily care needs of animals.
Each Explore class aligns with one of our 4 High School Pathways: