Today, scientific literacy is a necessity. Everyone needs to use scientific information to make choices that arise in everyday life. In the workplace, jobs demand advanced skills, requiring people to learn, reason, think critically, make decisions, and solve problems. Understanding science and the processes of science contributes to students learning these skills in an essential way (National Research Council, 1996).
The AACPS Science Program provides students with the opportunity to do independent or team research in science. It is the vision of the Office of Science that scientific inquiry, combined with content, is the true expression of science, and must also be the heart of science education. As students engage in scientific inquiry, they learn that science is more than a set of facts or discrete content areas; it is a way of perceiving, interpreting and understanding the world around them. When students do the work of scientists, they become highly engaged, curious and motivated to find answers and solve problems.
Our Science courses use a systems approach to study science and scientific principles. Students conduct laboratory investigations and real world projects in order to understand and solve problems and/or improve design as scientists and engineers. They engage in scientific practices and engineering design to develop a deeper understanding of numerous topics in science. As stated in the Next Generation Science Standards, “The insights thus gained help them recognize that the work of scientists and engineers is a creative endeavor—one that has deeply affected the world they live in.”