Students Enjoy Sci./Lit. Class’s Topic Exploration

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By Emily Polanowski, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Students have been exploring science within literature this school year thanks to the new Science and Literature course.

Science teacher Gregory Brobst and English teacher Timothy Groth created the course.

Brobst sees the course as a way to merge disciplines.  

In my opinion, the purpose of the course is to integrate science and literature in a way that students understand the connections between the two fields. Additionally, we are hoping to increase students’ knowledge of scientific ethical dilemmas and scientific writing,” said Brobst. “We’re also challenging students to design and complete an independent study project integrating scientific literacy and research.”

Both teachers agree that the class can sometimes be demanding or seem challenging but not in a way the students can’t handle it. 

Cell culturing is also a topic within the classes studies.

“This class was designed to be rigorous, but I think people need to know that it’s not just hard for the sake of being hard,” said Groth, “Instead, this class is challenging because Mr. Brobst and I want to offer something that can join the ranks of the other rigorous courses in the building, and we want a class that can tap into the varied interests of the student body. Sci/Lit is a class that will push you, but everything we do is designed to make you a better thinker, collaborator, and person.”

Junior Gabby Cartier is currently taking the course.

“I am enjoying the class, while some of our assignments and projects are hard, we have interesting discussions and the research we do gives us access to a lot of topics,” said Cartier.

This class has rigorous units that are designed to excite and challenge its students.

  “In just this unit alone, we’re planning a debate regarding the ethics of consent and cell culturing. Looking forward, we’ve got a mock trial and some heavy duty physics labs planned for when we read The Martian. We’re also looking

The class will eventually read the novel, “The Martian,”  a popular science fiction story that was soon turned into an award winning movie.

into the concept of uncertainty and Schrodinger’s cat when we read Copenhagen. These are some pretty exciting topics, and I can’t wait to see our students dive in and discuss them!” said Brobst. 

If a student is looking for an interesting and challenging class next year, Brobst, Cartier and Groth all agree that they should look into this class. 

“I think students should consider this class if they’re looking for something different and challenging. If you’re the kind of person who loves to read but also loves to explore science, then Sci/Lit is a great course option,” said Groth.