The Middle School Science Department has just completed the third year of a four-year curriculum renewal process and we are excited to start implementing some of our new curriculum this year! The interconnectedness of Earth’s systems and our part in these systems will be explored in each grade by examining the following questions: What is the human impact on species and the environment? What effect is there on human quality of life? How can we be better stewards? The goal of the Middle School Science Department is to create students who are curious about nature, who are motivated to investigate their surroundings, and who act to promote Earth’s sustainability. We want to give young adults the tools to become competent explorers and to be able to find the answers to the questions they have about the Universe. Through research, discussion, experimentation, and hands-on activities, students come to realize that science is a part of their life, and that science has a rich history from which they can learn, and to which they can contribute.
The faculty of the Middle School Science Department strives to provide instruction which focuses on inquiry-based experimentation, methods used to solve problems related to natural phenomena, and the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The department implements an interdisciplinary science curriculum founded on biological, physical, earth and environmental sciences. Extensive laboratory experience, both within and outside the classroom, is provided and utilizes technology for data collection and analysis. The program also reflects the philosophy that knowledge is progressive, and science is a dynamic process where students learn through their experiences. By developing scientific concepts and skills, students are better able to understand how science works and why scientific phenomena occur.
Students use a variety of resources in science classes which include tablet computers, on-line simulations and educational resources, Vernier data-collecting probes, and robotics. These tools allow us to customize our curriculum to address the diversity of developing analytical and critical thinking skills in our sixth through eighth grade students. Opportunities to practice scientific and engineering skills throughout the middle school science classes also allows students to explore possible careers in biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, environmental science, physics, engineering, space science, and technology.