School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

 

                                 

                                                                                                       

 

At the HARWA’s mathematics department understands the importance of use of mathematics in all facets of human activities. Therefore, not only do pupils understand how to fluently manipulate written numbers to measure and compare quantities, but also how to apply them to many fields of human activities, which are dramatically oriented toward science and technology world.

In first and second years, students build algebraic reasoning skills by analyzing number patterns, estimating, and mastering addition and subtraction facts

HARWA pupils, throughout of their study, cultivate their ability for solving and analyze problems in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus and Statistics. The curriculum is designed to encourage mathematical thinking, to benefits students with special interests, whether it be architecture, engineering of all sorts, and a wide range of focuses.

In addition to the course outline provided, pupils with particular interest, who are willing to advance their knowledge in specific area of mathematics, may join the Student Math Team, Mathematics seminar (a course taught by a team of Student-Teachers.)

In level 1-2 pupils build basic algebraic reasoning skills by exploring number patterns, as well as mastering addition and subtraction facts. In levels 3-5, these skills are used to decipher multi-step word problems, master multiplication and division facts, and analyze ratios.

Middle Division students learn to read the phrasing of patterns between numbers and relationships between variables, and discover the quadratic formula as a tool of analysis. Working with formulas, students solve for x in word problems, which are at the heart of understanding abstraction, and in analogies, which challenge students to derive relationships between the known and the unknown.

Instruction is differentiated: in sixth and seventh grade, Math is taught at two distinct levels of competency, in eighth grade Math is taught at three distinct levels of competency. Sixth grade Math is comprised of a review of the decimal system, factors, fractions, and operations, as well as ratio, proportion, percent, integers, and coordinate graphing. Fundamental concepts of Geometry (area and perimeter of polygons and circles) and Statistics round out the year. At each stage, students strengthen their problem-solving skills and articulate and demonstrate their understanding of the material.  Seventh and eighth grade Math combined form the equivalent of a traditional Algebra I course.

Seventh graders explore variable expressions, order of operations, properties of real numbers, multi-step equations, formulas, and set theory.

Level 8, pupils learn to work with formulas. They solve for X in word problems, which are crucial to understanding abstraction and analogies, which allow them to draw relationships between the known and the unknown. Thus, they learns to work with systems of equations, quadratic equations, algebraic fractions, factors, inequalities, irrational numbers, and the quadratic formula.

At every single level, we endeavor to cultivate brilliant-minded and competent problem solvers who have shown enthusiasm to master mathematical concepts. Therefore we strive to provide them with requisite skills and help them build a solid foundation in geometry, algebra, arithmetic, data analysis, statistics, probability, and mathematical modeling.


The HARWA’s core Mathematics curriculum follows a traditional pattern of coursework: Geometry in level 9, Algebra II in level 10, Pre-Calculus in level 11, and Calculus in terminal level. In Calculus the pupil learns the concepts of differentiation and integration with applications to rates of change, area, volume, and optimization. In Algebra II and Trigonometry, pupils solve complex problems, and use algorithm to interpret a range of tasks such as logarithmic, linear, exponential, quadratic, sine, and cosine.

HARWA’s core curriculum for levels 9-12 is thorough. Pupils are acquainted with topics in recursion, combinatorics, parametric equations, analytic geometry, group and field theory, vector analysis, probability, statistics, sequences and series, polar coordinates, and an introduction to differential calculus. Also, the department chairperson along with students-teachers set out electives for those with serious interests in pursuing advanced mathematics. Some of the broad in Mathematics are available in Math seminars and the department itself. Some of these inquiries include linear algebra, number theory, multivariable calculus, continued fractions, finite calculus, and inversive geometry.

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

 

The black man in Africa had mastered the arts and sciences. He knew the course of the stars in the universe before the man up in Europe knew that the earth wasn't flat.

 

Malcolm X


 

HARWA’s Science Division provides pupils the essential tools to engage in mature scientific literacy by advancing a superior understanding of the composition of the material world, by using the tools and methods of scientific inquiry through close observation and hands-on experiments, which include extensive testing at Dr. Sheik Anta Diop Laboratory and out in the field.

Students have the opportunity to acquire analytical skills requisite to grasp ample knowledge in the field of science, through the deep order of nature, which can be a trigger starting point to explore critical areas to improve our conditions. Many field trips are scheduled doing the trimester period so as to facilitate independent observations. All level 9-12 students take chemistry, and biology, and physics.

At level 1-6, Science is taught through lessons, activities that explain the growth and life of plants, animals, people, and all living organism, at a lower scale. The pupils frequently visit Dr. Diop’s lab where they work on observation and measurement of assigned projects. In level 1, formal lessons in science are taught within the context of the overall curriculum. In level 2-3, science is part of the general curriculum, with one or two formal lessons per week. In level 4-5, science is taught by dedicated science faculty members, in a separate laboratory space.

Level 6 learns about the universe, the oceans, and the Milky Way galaxy, and planetary motion, properties of water as well as protists.

In level 7, the pupil studies the natural world with a joint focus on topics in ecology, geology, biology. The study of plants, seeds, rain forests, genetics, evolution, and primates is integrated with units on weathering, soil, erosion, water systems, landforms, and maps.

Level 8 balances chemical equations, observe reactions of elements and compounds, investigate acids and bases, study elements of the Period Table, and consider the physical and chemical properties of water and oxygen. They are introduced to the algebraic and graphic expression of physical laws through the study of foundational concepts in classical mechanics and thermodynamics. The curriculum culminates in a six-week elective where students may choose from among several mini-courses with topics selected based on the strengths and interests of the faculty.

In level 11-12, the pupil arrives at a final stage at HARWA. In biology, the pupil must show how natural environments affect our lives by demonstrating knowledge of modern biomedical concepts, which may allow individuals to intervene when things go wrong in society. Pupils study blood and circulatory system, transport systems of plants, food productions, biogas generators, biofuels, deforestation, removal of waste and pollution. The competent student may choose to do internship at one of the hospital in town, doctor’s office, or NGO both during the summer and the school year.

In chemistry, in general context, the pupil learns Periodic Tables, Energy Changes, Haber process, Organic Chemistry, Solution, Energy Changes, and Analytical Chemistry.

Physics: topics included are Electromagnetism, Light & Sound, Stars & Space and Turning Forces, in which the pupils study the different types of galaxy, the life cycles of stars and how elements were formed, the theory and applications of hydraulics, law of moments, center of mass, pendulums, stability and centripetal force.

At levels 9-12, the science curriculum focusses in traditional fields of inquiry: in Chemistry, atomic and electronic structure, gas laws, states of matter, bonding, equilibrium, reactions, stoichiometry, acids and bases, solutions reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry; in Biology we emphasize on molecular biology, Biotechnology of Human Genetics, physiology, evolution, genetics, ecology, and behavior; and in Physics, Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Although only two out of three basic courses in Science are required, the vast majority of students elect to take all three in order to cement a solid foundation for further study.

 

 

HARWA TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Computing and Communications

 

 

At a time when technology is crucial in sharing information pupils must indeed take the pursuit of available tools that enable them to foster their technical proficiency effectively.

In the upper level each pupil must own a Kindle Fire, 2nd Generation or higher. Many assignments are only available on the Kindle, such as daily and weekly newspapers, books and excerpts, as well as magazines.

Pupils in level are expected to complete a major technology or engineering research project, either by working in a technical facility, the research laboratory, or in a commercial or government agency.

 

Our general curriculum covers a wide range of electives starting from:

  • MS Office Suites, which include PowerPoint, Access, Excel, MS Word, QuickBooks, Publisher, OneNote, FrontPage, InfoPath, Outlook; and additional tools including CorelDraw Suites, and the tools to produce web site contents. More advanced classes in Computer Programing, Computer Information Systems (IT,) Design & Technology, Architectural Drawing & Design, Intro to Engineering, and a wide range of technology electives are available to the enthusiast who is willing to pursue computer science seriously.

The department makes sure, before leaving HARWA, pupils learn various office skills and knowledge, including job search, interviewing skills, typing, faxing, and phone skills.