Science 101 - Grades 9 to 11

How does the human body move? How do antibiotics work? How harmful is radiation? Science is all about discovery and advancement, and if you find yourself asking questions about the world around you, you might just be a scientist!

In Science 101, junior scientists will work to discover the answers to the many phenomena we encounter every day. Science is all around us; from the grass under your toes, to the stars way above your head and even inside your own body! Junior scientists will be magnetized into the world of physics, bonding with chemistry, unearthing the environmental sciences, and dissecting biology and the medical sciences! Join Science 101 to uncover the wonders of the crazy world of science!

McMaster's Faculty of Science

 

Learn about:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

 

New Curriculum:

Turn Milk into Plastics
"Plastic made from milk" —that certainly sounds like something made-up. If you agree, you may be surprised to learn that in the early 20th century, milk was used to make many different plastic ornaments —including jewelry for Queen Mary of England! In this chemistry science project, you can figure out the best recipe to make your own milk plastic (usually called casein plastic) and use it to make beads, ornaments, or other items. 

Crime Scene Chemistry
You may have seen police investigators on TV spraying a crime scene with a liquid that glows blue if there is any blood present. The chemical that glows in the liquid is called luminol. In this chemistry science fair project, you will investigate what factors make this interesting molecule "light up."
           
Copper Corrosion
Pennies are bright and shiny when they are new, but become quite dull with time. What causes such a drastic change? Oxygen in the air combines with the copper in the penny to form copper oxide, which makes the penny look dull and dingy. You can make the pennies look like new again by soaking them in water that is corrosive enough to strip off the copper oxide layer. It turns out, however, that the same process that makes the pennies shiny has bad consequences when it comes to copper pipes: it also corrodes the pure copper thus releasing excess copper into the drinking water and wearing holes in the pipes! In this science fair project, experiment with copper chemistry using an easy test that turns copper-containing solutions a deep blue.
           
Maglev Train
Recently, a few countries have started using powerful electromagnets to power high speed trains. Maglev is short for magnetic levitation, trains float over a guideway using the basic principles to replace traditional rail travel. The major difference between conventional and a maglev train is that maglev trains do not rely on an engine or fossil fuels. Students will discover the mechanical power of magnetism through designing and building their own Maglev trains! Students will make their own trains using AutoCAD inventor, 3D printing and their own magnetic train tracks. 
              
Bottle Rocket Blast off
In this project, students will first learn about pressure, thrust, and Newton’s Laws. They will also learn the basics of projectile motion, as it pertains to the apex of the rocket’s flight. This will be applied to a design project, where students will build bottle rockets which will release an egg parachute capsule at the apex, thus allowing the egg to land safely on the ground.
               
Gravity Fed Water Systems
Students learn about water poverty and how water engineers can develop appropriate solutions to a problem that is plaguing nearly a sixth of the world's population. Students follow the engineering design process to design a gravity-fed water system. They choose between different system parameters such as pipe sizes, elevation differentials between entry and exit pipes, pipe lengths and tube locations to find a design that provides the maximum flow and minimum water turbidity (cloudiness) at the point of use. In this activity, students play the role of water engineers by designing and building model gravity-fed water systems, learning the key elements necessary for viable projects that help improve the lives people in developing communities
           
Antibodies and blood typing
Have you ever heard about different blood types? Do you know what your blood type is? Antibodies help scientists determine different human blood types. This project is a practical introduction to the human immune system in which you will learn about what antibodies are, how they are formed, and how they can be used to identify different types of cells.
           
Make your own stethoscope
Doctors use many complicated tools to check the health of patients. But you can make some medical tools at home—like a stethoscope! A doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to a patient's heart. In this science project, you will make three of your own homemade stethoscopes and figure out which stethoscope design works best and why.

And Much More!!