Science challenges our student-scientists with an inquiry-based curriculum. Through weekly lessons and laboratory sessions, students learn about natural phenomena by practicing the process scientists use to research, experiment, and engineer ways to test ideas, answer questions, or to solve problems.
Each year, from kindergarten through eighth grades, students build on concepts in a vertical spiral to expand their knowledge in science using technology, reading, engineering, art, and math.
(Example of Science Curriculum)
K will explore the anatomy of an experiment. After they read The Gingerbread Man, they will investigate an answer to the question, “What would happen if the Gingerbread Man tried to swim across the river?” They will place him inwater and observe to test their hypothesis.
1st Graders will explore the anatomy of the engineering design plan by building a bridge to help the Gingerbread Man cross the river. They will learn about arches, trussed, suspension, and beams. Then in groups, they will construct their design.
2nd Graders will explore the seeds of plants as an external part that helps plants reproduce by reading the book, Flip, Float, Fly about dandelions seeds blowing away. Students will use hand lenses to observe a variety of seeds. They will use their knowledge from the story to explain how the seeds move from place to place.
3rd Graders will determine which invertebrates are insects by using a dichotomous key.
4th Graders are tracing the energy from the sun through living things by dissecting owl pellets to see the transfer of energy as one living thing eats another.
5th Graders are working in small groups to build a spirometer to measure lung capacity. They will record their data in tables and compare lung capacity among group members.
6th Graders are comparing the two wa
ys to measure earthquakes, learning to find the epicenter of an earthquake, and determining the distance to the epicenter of a quake for three different cities.
7th Graders are investigating osmosis by conducting an investigation to measure the weight of eggs using a triple beam balance,
after soaking the eggs in different solutions. They complete data tables, summarize their findings, and graph their data.
8th Graders are conducting a mini-lab to observe the effe
cts of velocity, position, and mass on the orbits of simulated solar system.