The Meadowbrook School Science program is designed to introduce students to the exciting and varied world of science. The goals of the curriculum are many. The science program is designed to help develop students' innate curiosity about their world, acquire scientific knowledge, obtain scientific habits of mind, and to help students develop a positive attitude toward science.
In 2011, Meadowbrook introduced Engineering is Elementary (EiE) to its curriculum. The EiE project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. Using science and math content learned in class during a unit of study, the students apply the engineering process to solve a related problem. They use inquiry-based problem-solving skills and tap into their creativity as they design, create, test, and improve hands-on challenges.
The science program broadens students' skills for investigating the world, solving problems, and making decisions. It is important for students to develop an awareness they are an integral part of nature. They learn to respect the earth and its communities and make a commitment to preserving life on earth. The students develop specific scientific skills through observation, measurement, collection, categorization, recording, interpreting data and drawing conclusions.
Whenever possible, the methods used to achieve these goals are founded in the experimental and inquiry-based philosophy of science education. Goals and concepts presented are intended to be built upon progressively through the grades.
Activities, experiments, demonstrations, reading, current events, observations and interactions with the materials and artifacts help explore the themes and concepts. Field experiments are gained as students use the 16 acres of school property as part of the program. The science curriculum is also connected with other subject areas such as social studies, math and language arts.