Science at Ashbury
The Grade 4, 5 and 6 Science program is enriched through sessions in the Junior School science laboratory and aims to help children develop appropriate scientific attitudes, skills, and knowledge. Students develop a factual base of scientific knowledge through emphasis on hands-on activities. Students are introduced to the scientific method through investigations in the lab as well as the Engineering Design Process to foster creativity and problem solving skills. Students are divided into design teams and together attempt to discover solutions to assigned challenges.
In the Grades 7 and 8 Science program, students study biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and engineering. This allows for the appropriate depth of study in each discipline and the recognition of the relationships between them. Wherever suitable, students perform activities that allow them to develop skills and concepts independently while under teacher guidance. As often as possible, these activities take the form of controlled scientific investigations. Through a series of opportunities, experiences and evaluations, students are encouraged to become self-motivated and self-directed problem solvers.
Over the year, challenges take place with the design and construction of egg safety cells, bridge building, wind turbines and cement boats.