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Scientific Discovery Happens Every Week At CCA


Classical Christian Academy’s Science Club has become one of the most popular electives, offering hands-on science fun through labs, dissections and investigations.

7 – December 2016 – North Fort Myers, FL – Students are ecstatic about the investigations they are doing in science club and in science classes at Classical Christian Academy. Upper School science is taught by Mrs. Alison Cotarelo at the high school level and Mrs. Vicky Froelicher at the middle school level. Mrs. Cotarelo also leads the CCA Science Club, where members do investigations, dissections and projects every week.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Lower School students joined in for hands-on science fun. Science Club members, along with Mrs. Cotarelo and Lower School teachers, facilitated  dissection of a frog with participation from students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students used tools like scissors to cut the frogs open and used a pamphlet guide to help them identify organs. Students were fascinated and engaged. The dissection event also gave Science Club members an opportunity for leadership as they inspired younger students to explore biology.

Science class is never boring at Classical Christian Academy! Students do fun projects, dissections and impressive labs on a regular basis. Some recent hands-on projects have included extracting the DNA from banana cells, growing fungus, converting the classroom into a plant cell model and dissecting squids, cow eyeballs and lobsters.

Students who especially enjoy scientific investigation join Science Club, which takes place during the Upper School elective hour. Membership has grown as more students discover how fun science can be! One cool experiment involved creating a giant bubble by using a rag full of soap over a container full of water and dry ice. Science Club started with nine members first semester, and now enrollment is maxed out for semester two!

“I like science club because I have fun and learn while spending time with friends,” said Science Club member Jacob S.

Mrs. Cotarelo, who is in her second year of teaching at CCA, has energized the school’s science program. She previously taught science in a North Carolina high school and at a missionary school in Senegal, West Africa. Mrs. Cotarelo has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and a master’s degree in Secondary Science Education. Students can’t wait to discover what they will be dissecting and exploring during science labs and through the CCA Science Club next semester!


Story and photos by CCA student journalist Jack P.

About Classical Christian Academy:

Classical Christian Academy is the premier hybrid school in Southwest Florida. CCA offers families an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K-12 education option that blends the best aspects of private and homeschooling. Classical Christian Academy is a registered 501c(3) organization. For more information, visit www.discovercca.org and like CCA on www.facebook.com/DiscoverCCA.

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