The goal of the science department is to work with students who enjoy and are inspired by science. Students should leave RGS feeling as though they like science, are interested in scientific concepts and discovery, and look forward to seeking opportunities to learn more. They should leave seeing how concepts in the world, connect, relate, and work. They should be able to ask questions and solve problems. Activities, labs, and lessons from science lab are often vital for student understanding and completion of projects within their core classroom.
The science lab provides students with a nurturing environment to explore with materials in a manner that affords them with an intimate understanding of their function and purpose. Students generate meaning through inquiry, discovery, investigations, and discussions. They have hands-on opportunities, real world experiences, and are provided a variety of methods to engage with and internalize the same information. We want students at this developmental stage to explore and challenge their understanding of the natural world. Students develop close observation and recording skills, and the ability to deeply analyze and manipulate variables and to synthesize information. In the lab, students practice observation, patience, perseverance, communication, and collaboration. Students learn to postulate, interpret, adapt, create, and invent. Students in middle to upper elementary collect and analyze data, graph and sometimes use math to find trends. Students practice writing and recording their observations, results, and developing conclusions. Students should have a rich and meaningful understanding of science concepts in the disciplines of physical, life, earth and space sciences.