At the most recent school board meeting, teachers in grades 4-8 presented on STEMScopes, a science tool they have asked the board to adopt. Alon with our work adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, we are continuing our move to inquiry based science exploration where students learn to do science like a sciencetist, write about their work, and investigate new work. Students will do less rote vocabulary memorization, be assessed by their understanding and ability to explain rather than memorize facts, and learn to love and explore science!
We are excited to continue preparing students to be future leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them with opportunities to participate in inquiry-based learning activities so they think, work, and collaborate like scientists. To help our students develop critical thinking skills, collect and analyze data, and engage in meaningful learning, we will use StemScopes as part of our science instruction and curriculum. One of the many great features of STEMscopes is that there is no longer a traditional textbook to lug back and forth!
Along with this program, the district is purchasing a large amount of science and engineering equipment for students to use. Students will spend much more time learning through inquiry. And hopefully gain a higher level of science skill!
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.