The goal for our science curriculum is to create thoughtful and discerning science citizens, who have developed an enthusiasm for scientific methodology and discovery.
Science at Rock Point School is designed to engage all students, from individuals with a deep passion for science to those who are uncertain how science will play a role in their lives. Courses are designed to inspire analytical thinking and to leave all students with the ability to think about subjects scientifically and understand the role of science in the world at large. To this end, science classes include multiple avenues for exploring material. Students will have opportunities to perform laboratory experiments, join field excursions, conduct research projects, and undertake self-directed individual projects.
Students have enjoyed projects that bring material from the classroom into the world. For example, chemistry students have an opportunity to witness chemistry in action at local water and wastewater treatment plants. The treatment process involves multiple reactions, which students observe and report on. In addition, students have an opportunity to discuss the social and environmental issues involved in municipal water systems.
Skills that are developed in the Science curriculum include:
- Data analysis
- Experimental design
- Research methods
- Working in groups
- Observational skills
- Scientific writing
- Reading comprehension
- Critical thinking