Standing in front of a tub of dirty water, fifth-grade students have the task of making their dirty water as clean as possible. Those same fifth-graders started their day discussing the scarcity of fresh water. Then, with a few supplies and a lot of questions, students began trying to make clean water.
New Teaching Techniques
“Teaching science has evolved from telling the students how it works to posing engaging questions and asking the students to figure out how it works on their own through trial and error,” highlights science lab teacher, Kelly Bickley. “For students to fully grasp ideas and foster that love of science, they need to see how it connects to their lives.”
By providing Lower School students with opportunities to do inquiry-based investigations, they gain a rich understanding of the subject matter. Many of the science labs require students to work in groups to figure out a problem. As the weather is discussed in Kindergarten, students design and build a protective structure out of recycled material. First graders design a boat to carry a load of pennies across the water. While studying energy, fourth-grade students design and build a roller-coaster with the goal of getting their marble to go through all the loops and hills. Through these labs, students are becoming critical thinkers, drawing from their background knowledge to come up with meaningful solutions to real-world problems.
“I hope they keep asking questions about this amazing world God has given them to enjoy,” exclaims Kelly Bickley. “I want them to foster a love for science and to become lifelong learners.”