|Heidi Bowbin||Chemistry 102, Crime Science|
|Amy Capps||Biology Accelerated|
|Jim Depies||AP Physics 1, Physics 102|
|Jeff Downing||AP Physics 1, Physics 102|
|Tom Egan||EMP, Space Science|
|Dave Fermanich||AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology Accelerated|
|Jennifer Galgan||Physics 102|
|Sarah Gaubatz||Biology, Biology Accelerated|
|Betsy Godwin||Biology 102|
|Jennifer Kania||Teaching Assistant|
|Howard Knodle||Biology 102|
|Monika Langdon||EMC, Chemistry Accelerated|
|Alexis Liakakos||Biology Accelerated|
|Bart Masellis||Geology Accelerated|
|Devin McCloskey||Physics 102, Chemistry 102|
|Melinda Nees||Chemistry 102, Crime Science|
|Greg Nordahl||Chemistry Accelerated, AP Chemistry|
|Kendra O’Halloran||Chemistry Accelerated, AP Chemistry|
|Kay Orosz||Principles of Engineering Accelerated, AP Physics 1, Biotechnical Engineering Accelerated|
|Andrew Pisanko||Science Academic Support Center|
|Sara Sagmeister||Biology 102, AP Biology|
|Chris Sayre||Chemistry 102|
|Donna Schwan||Biology 102|
|Doug Walter||AP Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Studies|
Science classes emphasize asking students to learn new information, make hypotheses based on what they have learned, and then, methodically gather information to test those hypothesis. Whether or not students pursue a science career, scientific literacy is important for all citizens in the modern world. With the opportunity to learn about many different specific areas of science, students can learn and apply scientific thinking across the different core disciplines of science. Additionally, there are a number of courses that offer college credit as part of successful course completion through both Advanced Placement tests as well as through dual-credit with Oakton Community College. From the freshman biology through the advanced placement science courses, students have the opportunity to work with highly qualified teachers in well-equipped laboratories. Safety awareness is stressed in all of our science courses.
Resources for Science Students
Peer Tutoring – Students who need extra help in Science classes can receive help from Peer Tutors. On the Science Peer Tutoring website, you will find a list of student volunteers listed by course who can help you with homework, study for an upcoming test, or review previously learned material. You can also find some recommended resources and websites that may help you.
Science Student Resources – You can learn about opportunities for high school science students in addition to the course offerings here at Maine South. Information about local and national science-related events, contests, scholarships, and summer camps are all posted here.
Science Clubs and Activities
Ecology Club – Are you interested in nature and want to help improve our environment? Please see Mr. Howard Knodle or Mr. Doug Walter about joining this club, which meets regularly after school all year long.
Engineering Club – Students in Engineering Club choose projects in areas that they would like to explore such as robotics, bridge-building, and the design of how things work. The club participates in local contests and events, and also does career exploration activities in fields related to engineering. See Ms. Kay Orosz in room V123 before school for details about how you can join this club and participate.
Science National Honor Society – Students may apply to this prestigious society in their junior or senior year. Throughout the year, members participate in various activities and events to promote science in the community, enhance their own science learning, and have fun with other students who enjoy science and see it as a potential field to study in the future. See Ms. Chris Sayre for more details and an application.
Science Olympiad – Students on the Science Olympiad Team compete against other schools in a variety of events that cover all areas of science. Please contact Ms. Kay Orosz or Mr. Andrew Pisanko for details on how you can join this team and represent our school. You can also see the national Science Olympiad Website for further details about the competition and organization.
Science Department Course Map