From the 10s onward, students have one-and-a-half-hour science classes per week. In connection to their study of ancient civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia, the 10s examine river valleys in grassland and desert habitats, and build and flood their own terrain maps of the Nile River Valley and the Tigris/Euphrates River Valley as a culminating project each fall.
Sustainability is a common thread in Upper School science. The 11s study New York City’s relationship with waste and the methods which the city employs to transport garbage and recyclables. The 11s culminating activity is to create action plans to reduce C&C’s carbon footprint.
The 12s build on their prior knowledge of physical science from Middle School to examine the layers inside of the Earth and how, and why, they exist in different states of matter. One topic of study is an investigation of volcanism around the world, with case studies in Greece and the Hawaiian islands. At the end of their study, students build and erupt a scale model of a volcano, reflective of the lava viscosity of the type of volcano they chose.
For the 8s to the 13s, Afterschool science classes offer students the chance to continue their work on a science-related endeavor or experiment with new materials under the supervision of a Science Teacher. Afterschool is also a space for ongoing and evolving sustainability work that affects the entire community. Recently, older students have teamed up with the staff Sustainability Committee to continue efforts to cultivate understanding about sustainable practices and implement sustainable acts among the student body.