Science classes at Sparhawk Elementary School are designed to enthrall and inspire students with the wonders of the natural world. Students are naturally inclined toward questioning and discovery. Driven by curiosity, our young adventurers find hands-on and minds-on scientific investigations irresistible.
Students use their existing knowledge along with scientific facts, vocabulary, tools, and processes that are used by professional scientists in their continual quests for information and understanding. Science is a grand adventure because it is a discipline that uses what we know, so far, to investigate what we do not know yet - a natural for young minds because everything can–and should—be questioned. When taught joyously, your child can learn that it is a domain for explorers and its frontier is endless in scope and time. Our goal is to initiate students into what is possible in this fascinating field of study.
The Essence of Scientific Investigation
Making Observations - Your child will be taught and encouraged to make observations and to ask questions every day. This guidance allows our students to develop questions and explore fascinating things.
Exploration, Discovery & Testing- Exploration of a new topic can lead to many possible next steps. Rather than leading to a predetermined conclusion, our students freely explore & test their hypothesis which often leads to further observations which originally may have seemed unconnected. For example, testing an idea about crystal formation could lead to an observation of an unexpected rock layer - which could trigger an interest in animal extinction.
Community Analysis & Testing Ideas - Sparhawk students learn how to set up an experiment to gain accurate data. They are then taught how to make careful observations & how to collect and chart their findings. Students often analyze data and observe patterns as a group to gain a different perspective.
Benefits & Outcomes - Students learn how to communicate the results of their testing and explore the impact of these results on the natural world. Outcomes include, building the knowledge base, solving societal problems, developing technology and informing policy.