From Discovery to Discovery - Hands-On Science
Science is an active endeavor, made active by our human ability to think. Scientific knowledge grows when scientists observe objects and events, think about how they are related, test their hypothesis, and create explanations for their findings. Thus the scientific experience is based on what we know (content) and how we come to know it (process). The best way for students to understand the scientific experience, learn important scientific concepts, and develop the ability to think critically is to actively create ideas through their own examination, investigations, and analyses.
Lincoln Middle School students have the opportunity to experience FOSS, a research-based science curriculum developed at the University of California, which was created to engage students in processes as they explore the natural world. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Students are exposed to activities that facilitate their development of scientific inquiry through interactive, hands-on experiences, develop their science concepts based on Illinois State Standards, and fosters critical thinking skills. Completion of this program through the middle school years has proven to provide a foundation for continued success in high school.