|Rashmi Datta||Richard Frazier||Edward Lawson||Charu Gulati|
The Middle School Science Program is an integrated curriculum where Life, Earth, and Physical Science content is interwoven throughout the year in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Each course is built around comprehensive teaching, practice, and assessment of science concepts and skills, with an emphasis on process skills necessary for scientific inquiry emphasizing hands-on activities. The investigative experiments allow students to learn and follow the steps of scientific inquiry (scientific method), while using standard scientific equipment and proper techniques necessary for success in future science courses. The course promotes development of problem solving skills and encourages students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners.
Our AES K-12 Science Philosophy states that “we believe students should appreciate science as a dynamic human endeavor whose goal is to acquire, revise, and communicate knowledge, understanding of the natural world, and apply the methods of science in making effective decisions”. Furthermore, the goal of the Middle School Science Program and it’s teachers is to instill in the students a “love” of science and an understanding of how it applies to and impacts their lives, while they gain important science skills.
The Middle School science courses utilize the “Science Explorer” series from Prentice Hall as well as numerous other support materials including various resources to integrate technology into the curriculum.