Lower School Science
When a student is truly engaged, there will be a classroom full of excitement and deeper conceptual understanding. The new science program that we adopted last year, Inspire Science, is designed to spark students' interest and empower them to ask more questions, think more critically, and generate innovative ideas.
The Lower School Science program includes many collaborative project-based learning experiences. From first to fifth grade, students will complete 1-2 hands-on labs each week!
"Teaching the Lower School students science has been an absolute joy! I love the excitement in their eyes and voices when they come to class everyday"
Jennifer Huy - Lower school science teacher
Throughout our students' lower school science careers, they will learn about life, earth, and physical sciences. Each unit that is taught is designed to tap into their own curiosity about the world around them. Each unit also includes a STEM career connections and a STEM project.Some examples of out student STEM projects include:
1st grade just finished their unit on plants and animals - adaptations and survival traits. Their STEM project was to create a piece of protective equipment for a sport to represent how an animal protects itself.
2nd grade learned about different properties of materials. They had to design and create a cliff-house, using different strong/ non flexible materials to support their house on a cliff.
3rd grade studied life cycles of plants and animals. They also learned about habitats of animals and the importance of inherited traits and learned traits. Their project was to create a habitat for an animal in a zoo. (That's the project in the STEAM Center right now)
4th grade is learning about different types of energy, nonrenewable and renewable resources, and conservation. They will be creating a solar oven in a few weeks.
5th grade learned about different types of ecosystems. They went into depth on why it's important to have decomposers. Their STEM project was to create their own compost bin - which when completed will stay in our gardens at Seacrest!
Each Students will leave the lower school science program having a love for science and understanding how and scientific-method. By participating in hands-on activities and experiments, our students will develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts, theories, and processes.
Promoting critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity, as students explore the natural world and make meaningful connections to their everyday lives. With its focus on hands-on learning, our lower school science curriculum provides a fun and exciting way for students to develop a love for science and most importantly lifelong passion for learning.