Their theories matter…
Our junior scientists are very curious and busy with their many research projects and investigations. The science program at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is planned as a series of hands on experiences that expose students to important areas of life, earth, and physical sciences. Students engage in scientific discovery by asking questions, making observations and conducting experiments. Students learn to observe, interact with, and understand the living and non-living world around them. In addition, since communicating scientific findings is so important, students frequently work on projects involving writing: depending on the grade level, they record data and notes in journals, create informative brochures on a given topic, write articles and reports, compose letters, and/or sum up their experiments with detailed lab reports.
The school laboratory is fully equipped with modern technology as well as sufficient space to allow students to participate in experiments that reinforce the scientific method, from the study of mold growth to the study of seeds, bugs, and hurricanes. Students compare and contrast things by smell, taste, and feel. They graph data, measure mass and length, and form conclusions based upon the testing of hypotheses. At our yearly science fair, NASA scientists are invited to be judges for our fourth and fifth graders’ experiments and presentations. They are constantly amazed at the quality and implementation of the scientific method by our students. We firmly believe that a good science program lays the foundation for the development of critical thinking skills and stimulates children’s curiosity.
Christopher Wohl, Ph.D., Research Surface Scientist, NASA – 2014 HAT’s Annual Science Fair
“As always we were blown away by the hard work, creativity, and scientific merit in each student’s projects. It is very clear that Tanya Conley, science teacher, is changing the lives of students, and we think doing an extraordinary job to help inspire complex thinking and scientific development in each of these children.”