Students will understand the principles guiding modern scientific thought and master science content knowledge. They will design and conduct scientific inquiries to test scientific hypotheses, using appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data. They will develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence to communicate scientific procedures and explanations. Students will know how science, technology, and math inform each other and serve as mechanisms for inquiry into the nature of the universe. Students will understand historical and philosophical theories in science, and identify common misconceptions. They will identify socially important issues including the impact of technology on our environment.
Teachers will use professional “best practices” in teaching inquiry based science. They will develop a balanced approach to hands-on science instruction using appropriate methodology. They will learn to engage students of varied learning styles and abilities.
Elementary science specialist, grades preK-5; middle school general science teacher/earth, life, physical and engineering sciences, grades 5-8; science museum educator, nature center specialist/guide, aquarium and zoo educator.