The Academy of Scientific Research

Welcome to the Science Academy

The Academy of Scientific Research puts a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, and Engineering.  Students have an opportunity to explore the disciplines with likeminded classmates and supportive teachers. 

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Sixth Grade Electives

Sports Medicine

The Sports Medicine Class provides 6th-grade ASR students a comprehensive overview of the field of sports medicine, focusing on skeletal/soft tissue anatomy as well as prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports related injuries and conditions. Students will explore the various aspects of injuries through digital and print resources.

The curriculum covers:

  • The history, scope and importance of sports medicine in promoting athletic well being and performance

  • Careers in sports medicine

  • Human anatomy, emphasizing the systems and principles relevant to sports performance and injury prevention

  • Understanding injury risk factors and implementing preventative measures

  • Identification, classification and evaluation of common sport related injuries

Students will engage in class discussions to gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with athletes and gauge interest in the field of sports medicine.

Urban Planning

The Urban Planning class will immerse ASR 6th-grade students in the world of urban engineering and park design. Through trips, research, hands-on activities, and real-world examples, students will learn the principles of urban planning and develop essential skills in project management, research, design, and presentation. The culminating project of designing a community park in Brooklyn will allow students to apply their knowledge, creativity, and critical thinking skills to create a sustainable and attractive park that meets the needs of the community while considering budget and the impact of climate change on urban areas. The integration of cross-curricular opportunities will provide a holistic learning experience, empowering students to become future urban engineers and advocates for sustainable urban development.

 Student climbing a rope ladder in the woods  Students posing at the NJA Ceremony   

Eighth Grade Electives

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is designed to provide ASR 8th grade students with the fundamental understanding of the principles, concepts and practices of the field of civil engineering. Students will be introduced to the history, development and significance of civil engineering in shaping our world today. 

The curriculum will uncover

  • The properties, characteristics and applications of materials used

  • The importance of sustainable practices in projects to reduce environmental impacts and promote resilience

  • Discussion of ethical considerations and professional responsibilities in engineering solutions

  • The process of analyzing data in an engineer's perspective to draw conclusions

Students will apply scientific principles, critical thinking skills, cutting-edge technology, and a passion for civil engineering to solve complex engineering problems effectively as a team. As engineers, they are challenged to explain their views and solutions to problems in a way that can be understood by a range of audiences.

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a course designed to empower ASR 8th grade students with an understanding of the principles, concepts, and applications of mechanical engineering. Through hands-on projects, collaborative problem-solving, and budgeting exercises, students will explore the world of machines, mechanisms, and materials, while honing their skills in teamwork, critical thinking, and resource management. This course aims to foster an appreciation for the role of mechanical engineering in shaping the modern world and provide a foundation for future studies in engineering and design.

The curriculum will cover:

  • Learn how to use a structured problem solving process and apply it to address various problems together as a team.

  • Examine the properties and behaviors of various materials and understand how material selection influences design.

  • Introduce the concept of budgeting within engineering projects, teaching students how to allocate resources effectively while considering constraints and limitations.

  • Create physical prototypes and understand the impact of design choices on the usability and performance of mechanical systems.

Overall, Mechanical Engineering encourages students to develop a strong foundation in mechanical engineering principles, while fostering teamwork, creativity, resource management, and a practical understanding of how machines and mechanisms impact the world around us.