Science at the Academy

Our students live in a complex world where scientific knowledge and technological skills are critical.  An individual’s ability to comprehend current events, choose and use proper technology, and make informed decisions are all based on a solid understanding of science.

 

The science curriculum guides each student to respond to the following essential questions: How is scientific knowledge created and communicated?  How can technology enhance our ability to solve problems and make decisions? And what impact do science and technology have on our society?


With these questions as a guide, Academy teachers foster and mentor students’ thirst for knowledge and natural curiosity.  In active laboratory settings, students discover many of the major principles of science and see examples and applications of the content material taught in the classroom.  They also the principles of safe labratory work that they will need for their future study of science.  Likewise, work with computer-based technologies provides the students with the tools and skills needed to solve real-world problems.  We enjoy introducing activities that can be replicated or expanded upon at home, which keeps science exploration well within the reach of each child.  

The science department provides a balanced selection of courses that feature not only rigorous and detailed instruction, but also discussion and laboratory work.  The testing program stresses not only recollection of specific facts, but also the ability to use scientific facts, principles, and procedures to analyze and solve problems, and to express ideas in a coherent, orderly manner.

Student Opportunities

Hands-on lab science motivates and increases our youngest students' scientific interest and ability, and introduces them to new concepts.  The Academy offers “No Limits in the Lab!,” an after-school science club for Kindergarten through 4th grade students.  Academy preschool and elementary school families love how it enhances the experiential science instruction their students receive during the school day.  Better yet, it is taught by our dedicated Early Childhood and Lower School lab science teacher, Carolyn Estill-Shover ’92.  This approach allows for the proper level of focus on science instruction in the earlier grades and in turn, will support our students as they advance into Middle and Upper School science instruction.

Middle School After-School Science Club provides hands-on activities that supplement classroom learning. With an extended block of time with which to work after school, students can spread out their materials and concentrate on their project or experiment for a much longer stretch than a traditional class period allows.  In addition, Middle School students engage the scientific method by creating a science fair project each year.  Selected 7th and 8th grade students compete regionally at the Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair (CASEF) and the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS events).

High school students in the Academy's Upper School have the opportunity to extend their classroom work and research by participating in CASEF and PJAS, and in other opportunities offered exclusively through the Centers for Experiential Learning & Innovation.

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