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This isn’t your typical science fair – study what you want!
Michigan Virtual’s diverse science courses make it easy to learn about the solar system to ocean ecosystems and everything in between.
High school course options for science include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Physics and more. Students are encouraged to explore the areas of science that interest them most. Courses are designed to be interactive and introduce the student to the subject before diving into specific subject matter. Students will be engaged and challenged throughout the course to ensure understanding.
Students interested in earning college credit can also explore Advanced Placement level courses. These courses will further prepare high school students for the College Board exams in Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Sample Lesson: Balloon Lab
This assignment on the axial skeleton contained in Michigan Virtual School’s Anatomy & Physiology A course deals with the anatomy of the human skull. This lesson, like many of the lessons in this course is built upon a multimedia approach. Students are given an opportunity to watch videos eTextbook material that introduces concepts. As you can see, our eText is colorful and engaging. Students are also given an opportunity to engage in non-graded interactive practice activities that allows them unlimited time to master content. Assignment 5.2 specifically deals with the anatomy of the human skull and therefore our assignment is intended to test the students’ ability to use this new nomenclature to properly identify the bones and sutures of the skull, and to compare the structure of the adult skull to that of the fetal skull. This activity allows students to become engaged in the learning process and creatively demonstrate their new knowledge. The lab requires some very basic materials. The students will need two lightly colored balloons, a sharpie-like marker, and some type of digital camera. The directions for this activity include page references to the eTextbook to assist the students in gathering the necessary information. These directions also clearly indicate the required procedures for the students to follow in order for them to draw and label the appropriate bones and structures on their balloon for both the adult and the fetal skull. Charts provide the needed structure that directs the students to paste images of their completed activity for the instructors to assess. Pre- and post-lab questions are meant to help the students synthesize the learning.