Science

Science

All students have a natural desire to investigate and question the world around them. Our science curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to explore and experiment using developmentally appropriate investigations. We seek to have our students learn and behave like scientists and engineers when asking questions about our universe. Our classes focus around hands-on, inquiry-based, and problem-based experiences. We believe that the experience of learning science should balance the use of cutting-edge technology with the problem-solving abilities of an engineer. Rather than having students memorize facts and concepts, we offer them authentic, real-world-based learning opportunities to observe and manipulate. Our goal is to have students ask questions that matter to them and to give them the tools to answer them. Our curriculum spirals in an effort to give our students a more sophisticated understanding of each concept over many years. By doing this, it allows for the integration of science with other subject areas. As our students gain more scientific knowledge, they may then focus on the complex ethical dilemmas presented by human interaction with the  natural world.

The TECCS Science Curriculum seeks to develop the following skills in our students:

  • Asking questions and defining problems.
  • Developing and using models.
  • Planning and carrying out investigations.
  • Analyze and interpreting data.
  • Using mathematical and computational thinking.
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions.
  • Engaging in argument from evidence.
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

At TECCS, our middle school curriculum is already aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, and our elementary curriculum will be aligned by the 2017 New Jersey roll out.  NGSS are a new set of standards that provide consistent science education through all grades, with an emphasis on engineering and technology. The NGSS describe what each student should know in the four domains of science: physical science; life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology and science application.

The new standards will help students become literate in science. They will have the skills and knowledge to tackle science-related ethical issues like water and energy conservation. The NGSS are also aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Therefore, when students are learning about science, they are also enhancing their skills in reading, writing and math.