Engineering Education West LA The MEG School

For students who want to gain technology education with new digital and physical technologies! This track emphasizes basic principles of engineering—innovation, creativity, iteration, and design—through experimentation, academic study, and practical applications. We ensure each student has access to the tools they need to create, whether it be access to a new technology or a partnership with leading scientific educators at JPL, Harvey Mudd, or CalTech.

Below is a sneak peek of the curriculum for Emerging Technology. In the 9th grade year, students will be doing interdisciplinary studies through the theme of The Microscopic—in the first quarter, the unit will focus on atoms as described by our curriculum outline:

Unit 1: Uncuttable

In this unit, 9th graders will learn about ancient chemistry, modern physics, and philosophy through the lens of atomic chemistry. Lessons will emphasize non-fiction reading and research skills, basic principles of scientific methodology and modeling, and the broad implications of modern scientific knowledge.

Driving Questions:

  • What are the fundamental pieces of the world around us?
  • What are different ways of acquiring knowledge about the world?
  • How have different human cultures investigated and understood the nature of their world?
  • What is science, and why is it special and/or useful?

Learning Goals:

Upon completion of Unit 1, students will be able to:

  • Trace the history of the atom and ways we have discovered its nature, including: pre-Socratic natural philosophy, Dalton’s experimental chemistry, Mendeleev’s systematic theoretical chemistry, Rutherford’s experimental classical physics, Bohr’s discovery of quantization, and the modern atom.
  • Flexibly use and switch between sophisticated models of the configuration, bonding, and inner structure of atoms.
  • Explain scientific ways-of-knowing, compare them to  ways-of-knowing in ancient cultures and modern philosophy.
  • Identify conflicts between experimental results and scientific hypothesis or commonsense views—in particular, when investigating electrostatic phenomena.
  • Discuss how specific scientific methods and findings are used by experts in other fields—in particular, anthropology and its use of carbon dating.

For insight into how the theme of The Microscopic is used to create rich lesson plans across the disciplines, explore these free teaching resources from other educators: