Designed as an eighth grade course, these saddle-stitch texts cover Earth and life sciences, plus studies on the Periodic Table of the Elements and the solar system. Each scientific concept is enhanced by adventure vignettes in which young people help solve community crimes and mysteries by applying the scientific method and positive character traits, such as integrity, honesty, commitment, diligence, and kindness. Students learn how virtues and personal responsibility help communities reduce crime and upgrade community standards. The narrative, high interest approach of this series engages students so they progress through comprehensive scientific material with clarity and engagement. Students are exposed to scientific evidence which explores traditional and contemporary theories about the origin of life and the formation of our planet and universe. Texts allow the student to evaluate these theories from a scientific perspective. Each text has a companion Activity Book designed to walk the student through the text in chronological order. Selected questions in each Activity Book also serve as preparation for state academic assessment exams. Activity Books are applicable in regular classrooms or in individualized learning programs in which students progress through the course with interest and understanding.