In the science lab I hope to share my passion for science and encourage and expand the natural curiosity of students. Many lessons are activity based as I believe students learn best by doing and investigating themselves.
Opportunity and experiences are provided to empower students to question the world around them and allow them to understand and use methods of scientific inquiry to make critical evidence based conclusions. Critical and creative thinking skills are enhanced when students pose questions, make predictions, speculate, solve problems through investigation, make evidence-based decisions, and analyse and evaluate evidence.
There is also a strong focus on sustainability, which is incorporated into the program especially with the garden club that manages not only the school garden but our worm farm and compost bin as well. This will also be assisted by the current endeavour to become a Wastewise school.
STEM is part of many activities in science. STEM activities provide an excellent opportunity for students to make practical use of skills and knowledge acquired in other subject areas and incorporate them into science investigations. Our STEM club meets once a week where students work on additional projects in their lunch time.
Coding is also becoming an integral part of science as a vehicle to share knowledge and understanding of science concepts. My involvement in the DREAM Project (a group of schools that will explore the role that Digital Technologies and Design Thinking can play in supporting problem solving and project based learning) has allowed our students to put new technologies in the school to practical use.
Above all science in the science lab is “hands on” and FUN.
Sherryl Crouch - Science Specialist