SCIENCE PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
Following the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the AERO Standards, ASA's science program presents students with a core body of scientific knowledge and through it develops students' use of the skills of science. Because scientific knowledge is growing exponentially, the science program targets the big ideas of science (systems, order, and organization; evidence, models, and explanation; change, constancy, and measurement; evolution and equilibrium; form and function.) Our program is student-centered, interactive, and hands-on. Technology, including computers and the Internet, are integral parts of the program. In line with ASA's literacy-based curriculum, science teachers include opportunities for substantial student writing in their courses (such as journaling, explaining procedures, writing lab reports or word problems, etc.).
Science Essential Agreements
- We will review the NSES and AERO Standards and check our alignment with them at the beginning of each year.
- Each unit presented will be related to the science philosophy statement.
- Teachers will post and/or state the learning objectives connected with each lesson.
- Each unit will have at least one hands-on, experiential learning opportunity.
- Technology will be used significantly for research, experimentation, or presentation, at least once per semester to show how it sustains scientific endeavor.
- Students will have a writing activity once per semester that is assessed using the 6 + 1 traits of writing.