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2007-2008 Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Research is a process by which people discover or create new knowledge about the world in which they live.

Mrs. Patricia R. Nalley, 2008 Secondary Science and Engineering Fair Keynote Address

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The Philosophy of Science Education

Science is for all students. All students must have the Welcome to Scienceopportunity to attain high levels of scientific literacy. Scientific literacy means being able to use scientific knowledge and ways of thinking in daily life. Scientific literacy ensures the ability of our students to participate fully as informed citizens and decision-makers in a scientific and technological world.

Learning science is an active process. Students learn science by describing objects and events, and asking questions. Students learn science by acquiring knowledge, and constructing explanations of natural phenomena. Students learn science by testing those explanations many different ways, and communicating their ideas to others. In this way, students actively develop understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skills. Students will recognize that science is more than a body of knowledge. It is also a way of investigating. Students have the opportunity to examine the impact science has had and will continue to have on society.

Vision: Science learning and teaching in Anne Arundel County Public Schools is a learner-centered program that enables all students to achieve high standards of performance. Achievement disparities among all No Child Left Behind groups are eliminated.

Mission: The Office of Science is dedicated to provide the highest quality science program for all students reflective of research-based strategies. We prepare students to be successful and productive citizens, locally and globally, and help students develop an understanding of the critical role of science in the global community.


  • Active student participation in learning is critical to high quality learning and teaching
  • Teacher quality and collaboration is a key to the highest quality instruction
  • Collaboration among teachers, students, and community members promote a shared responsibility for learning
  • Scientific inquiry is the key to the scientific enterprise; science laboratory investigation creates an environment in which students construct meaning and relate concepts to the big ideas of science
  • Project-based learning, extended inquiry, and authentic investigation play a central role in science education
  • Differentiated instruction is critical to meet the needs of all learners
  • Daily formative assessment and summative assessment are tools which assist teacher planning and instruction; these same tools inform student of their progress and help students develop a learning plan
  • Science instruction should be daily and year long
  • Technology plays a key role in student learning and prepares students for being productive citizens