Students learn to recognize the formal and informal opportunities to experiment and question as they build, deconstruct, sort, name, observe, compare, and try out new ideas. Students develop the mindset of “taking things apart,” observing carefully and keeping accurate records as they do so. Teachers create an environment that draws out a student’s natural curiosity about how things work and why things are as they appear. Students are learning to take the hypothetical seriously and to recognize patterns and use abstractions to make them logically consistent. The science program teaches students to frame careful questions based on their observations, postulate hypotheses to explain why and how, and to create verifiable experiments that test their ideas. In classrooms, students regularly notice technical opportunities to make the world or classroom a better place and are able to formulate these opportunities into a design challenge with numerous possible solutions.
Lower School Science Subject Overview