Children are naturally curious about the things they see in the world around them, and we work to foster that curiosity. Our science program is inquiry-based, encouraging students to explore and create meaning for themselves as they develop skills of scientific inquiry and exploration.
Scientific knowledge is characterized by observations, empirical criteria, logical argument and skeptical review, leading to a body of accepted knowledge that is constantly modified as new information is received. It is an ongoing process of observing, hypothesizing, controlled testing, comparing results, evaluating and drawing conclusions, which may form the basis for a new hypothesis.
Children are introduced to the scientific method at each grade level in a developmentally appropriate way. For example, kindergarteners may open a pumpkin together, count the seeds, and then make drawings of their observations over several days as the pumpkin begins to decompose. Second and third grade students may investigate electricity and magnets by exploring questions like “What is electricity?” and “How does it work?” and “How do electricity and magnets work together?”
Fifth graders may design and execute experiments on some topic of particular interest to them, for example candy. Questions such as “How is it made?” and “Why does it taste so good?” become the stepping off points for experiment design, research, and drawing conclusions for presentation in written reports.
Parent volunteers may lend their talents as well. In the past, a physician has helped our students dissect a sheep’s eye while a nutritionist has facilitated conversation about the effects of candy on the human body.