Science

students performing experiment in science class
Philosophy of Science

The study of science is critical for expanding and developing students’ methods for understanding their world. Science provides opportunities to develop thinking and processing skills. The scientific method: observing, questioning, experimenting, analyzing, evaluating and communicating discoveries, is fundamental to scientific inquiry and literacy, and provides a framework for the science program.

We further believe that:

  • Science literacy is essential for all students.
  • The ability to understand scientific concepts and processes is an important part of education and life.
  • There is a fundamental body of content in science that must be incorporated into the curriculum.
  • There should be an emphasis on process, experimentation and problem solving.
  • Learning science is an active process.
  • The study of science should connect to other disciplines.
  • Students develop science competencies best when applied in meaningful and purposeful activities within and outside the classroom.
  • Science should be fun.

Goals for Science

As a result of this K-12 Science Curriculum, students will:

1. Apply scientific methods of inquiry, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of science to become independent investigators about the natural world.
2. Explore the history and nature of science, and apply the knowledge and processes of science to make decisions.
3. Communicate scientific understandings and findings; develop conclusions from research, data, and observation.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships among science, technology, and human activity, and explore and explain the impact that the interrelationships have on society, the environment, and the future.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the properties, structure, forms, changes, and interactions of matter and energy.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and structure of living organisms, life systems and processes, and interactions of living organisms with each other and with their environment.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and interdependence of the earth’s systems and the structure and dynamics of the earth and other objects in space.

 

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