Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.--Rosalind Franklin, chemist and contributor to the discovery of DNA
The Science curriculum at the Academy of St. Joseph provides interactive explorations and direct instruction in basic scientific principles. The curriculum is based on explorations of engineering and technology; life science; earth science; and physical science. Students engage in lab work in order to develop measurement, observation, and small motor skills.
The following skills are integrated into the Science curriculum across all grades:
- Observation--what do we see?
- Question--what do our observations encourage us to think about?
- Analyze--what do we think is happening in the phenomena we have observed?
- Draw Inferences--what do we think our observations mean?
- Explain--can we explain our thinking to someone else?
- Ask more questions!
Specific topics in science across the grades include observation and analysis; experimentation; laboratory procedures and safety; the weather, climate, and atmosphere of the Earth; biomes and ecosystems; the cell; DNA; elements, compounds, and molecules; scientific writing; and matter and energy.
Frequently, hands-on science projects relate to work in other disciplines such as history or literature. This integration adds greater meaning to basic science inquiry for our students.