The Silicon Crew will do a lot of writing this quarter. Each student will have to produce three science essays within an 8-week period: expository, scientific review, and and argumentative essay.
Students will read science essays taken from America's best collections of science essays. Some of these include: Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, The (Elusive) Theory of Everything, Scientific American (Physics); Jaron Lanier, The First Church of Robotics, New Yorker (How to think about the relationship between computers and human beings. In addition, the nature of human thought as bit information to populate the AI), and more. Parents are encouraged to read in parallel with their child and engage in friendly (as opposed to testing your child) conversations about the material.
The Silicon Crew will be focusing on non-fiction this quarter as they practice and develop mastery in the mechanics and meaning of science essay writing. Through this process, they will also have a better understanding of scientific thinking and how this mindset helps people think more in scientific terms.