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Science Reading List

9th grade students-Class of 2022

The science department is engaging in a 9th grade school wide read this summer for the class of 2022. All incoming 9th grade students will be required to read the book The Martian a 2011 science fiction novel written by Andy Weir.

The purpose of choosing The Martian as a book for our 9th graders is to have them understand that the complexities of science can be understood at a basic human level. The Martian weaves essential parts of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics along with a basic human instinct-survival.

Teachers in the science department will be using excerpts of the book throughout the 2017-2018 school year to enhance our curriculum. Below is a video clip that will assist parents in understanding book choice.

Interview with Andy Weir

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10th grade students-Class of 2021

The science department is engaging in a 10th grade school wide read this summer for the class of 2020. All 10th grade students will be required to read the book The Disappearing Spoon a science novel written by Sam Kean.

The purpose of choosing  The Disappearing Spoon is to give students a background on the periodic table and how the discovery of the elements encompassing the table affected the lives of the discoverers of those elements. 

Teachers in the science department will be using excerpts of the book throughout the 2017-2018 school year to enhance our curriculum.

Interview with Sam Kean


11th grade students-Class of 2020

The science department is engaging in a 11th grade school wide read this summer for the class of 2020. All incoming 11th grade students will be required to read the book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry a 2017 science book written by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The purpose of choosing Astrophysics for People in a Hurry as a book for our 11th graders is to have them understand that the complexities of the universe in a simple way. Neil deGrasse Tyson is considered "America's Astrophysicist" and is the Director of the Hayden Planterium. 

Teachers in the science department will be using excerpts of the book throughout the 2017-2018 school year to enhance our curriculum. Below is a video clip that will assist parents in understanding book choice.

Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson