Science

Objectives

• To train students to think like scientists through direct experience of the scientific method
• To teach scientific principles through experiments and hands-on activities
• To provide students with a thorough introductory knowledge of the history of science
• To foster in students, through informed wonder at the intricacy of life on earth, a sense of environmental stewardship

Fourth-grade science focuses on planting and maintaining a vegetable garden; specific topics in life science and ecology are grounded in direct experience and observation. Aspects of "Edible Education" are also incorporated as the boys learn to harvest and cook their vegetables.

In 5th-Grade science, students get an exciting, hands-on introduction to the three main branches of science they will study in future years:  Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science. The emphasis is on the scientific research process and analyzing how science is done. This promotes students' development in scientific thinking and questioning, and builds their fluency with content material. 

6th-8th Grade science is taught as a hands-on, multi sensory experience that is integrated across curriculums, especially math.  PBA’s science curriculum is built around sets of experiments developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science called Full Options Science Systems (FOSS) kits.  

 

Example Experiments:

  • Students build foam rollercoaster and mathematically analyze them.  Then they redesign them to see if they can improve their efficiency and speed.  Then we build a giant one in the theatre.
  • Students explore the physics of toys and watch astronauts use them in space to see gravity's effects.
  • Students build models of chemical compounds and use them to model their chemical reactions.
  • Students analyze the human body organ system by doing experiments that demonstrate the science of how each organ works (example: air pressure and the lungs or solubility and absorption in the intestines).
  • Students build seismographs and “earthquake” their desks.
     

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