Everyone Can Be a Scientist
The excitement, enthusiasm, and curiosity for the wonders of science are in full bloom in our state-of-the-art Science Center and our rich, beautiful gardens that adorn the campus.
The science program is designed to cater to the multiple interests and aptitudes of our student population. Every learning style is nurtured as our science specialists use of visual aids, such as United Streaming Video and SMART Board integration, tactile experiences, small, cooperative, group work, individual exploration, and hands-on projects.
Technology in the Lab
With a variety of technological tools and programs available at their fingertips, like iPads, personal laptops computers, and interactive white boards, our teachers can show PowerPoint presentations, discuss ideas with real world scientist via Skype, access the limitless resources of the Internet, and pepper their inquiry-based science lessons with the latest and greatest applications.
Collaboration & Engagement
Working collaboratively, students learn to conduct hands-on experiments, grounded in the scientific method. They formulate hypotheses, experiment, and draw conclusions, based on evidence. The fully-equipped Science Center provides opportunities for all students to engage in natural discovery. What’s more, a wide variety of animals, including reptiles, fish, amphibians, butterflies, ants, lizards, and chicks, all call the Science Center home.
Environmental EducationEnvironmental education is the centerpiece of our school-wide science study. This innovative, experiential program allows students to explore how they can work at home, at school, and in the community to help preserve our natural treasures. Because our campus contains a multitude of outdoor gardens, representing three distinct ecosystems: mountain, rainforest, and desert, our students learn the value of true environmental stewardship, including recycling, planting, and composting, in a hands-on fashion, as they nurture and harvest the produce grown in our own gardens.
The Edible Garden is a quaint, beautiful, and peaceful place where everyone loves to gather. Student and parent volunteers alike develop their green thumbs here and keep the area vibrant and full of seasonal produce, from squash, to cucumber, to zucchini, to watermelon. This care culminates in Planting Day, a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate how they give back to the earth.
- Science Share
- Farmers' Market
- First Grade
- Second Grade
- Third Grade
- Fourth Grade
- Fifth Grade
- Sixth Grade
Our fully equipped indoor science lab and outdoor gardens and ecosystems provide a unique setting for hands-on experiments to foster young children’s natural curiosity, while providing opportunities for them to care for plants and animals. On-line, parents can find an interactive science curriculum, which is helpful to both teachers and students in the classroom and to families at home.
The second grade science program involves the study of living things, energy, our solar system, health, and how things move. Children learn about the world around them, while studying our interactive curriculum, discussing their finding with other students, experimenting, and working on projects at school. The young scientists also explore plants, animals, dinosaurs and fossils, the earth’s natural resources and recycling, motion, force, light and sound, and the planets. Our state-of-the-art science lab and outdoor ecosystems and gardens provide wonderful places for students to engage in many hands-on learning opportunities. Science-themed field trips further enhance our children’s learning by providing them with real-life, science-centered experiences upon which to draw.
“A Child’s Place in the Environment,” an interactive curriculum, connects the fourth grade children’s science studies with literature and art. Hands-on experiences include: weekly lab work, monthly gardening, a school-wide Planting Day, enrichment assemblies, and service learning that promotes environmental stewardship. Importantly, the fourth graders spearhead our school’s recycling program, donating the year’s proceeds back to the School to keep the program running and to an environmental cause of their choosing.
Caring for the science lab animals is the highly-envied last piece of the fourth grade curriculum. Each day at recess or lunch, the children are responsible for coming to the Science Center to feed their furry friends. They then train the incoming fourth graders on the feeding procedures at the year’s end.
In fifth grade science, the children benefit from applying the scientific method to their studies in our fully equipped science lab, beautiful outdoor gardens, and surrounding ecosystems. The fifth grade curriculum includes units on life, earth, and physical science. As such, students study the ocean, including its flora and fauna and many different habitats. Working in small, cooperative groups and independently, they also explore units on the body (human development/puberty), the solar system and astronomy, and even robotics.
Using Lego NXT robotics kits, students work in groups to solve challenges such as programming a robot to follow a line through an obstacle course or to dance to music. Furthermore, they collaborate on projects with children in other independent schools, communicating with these partner classes via blogging, Skype conferencing, and even a combined field trip, where they demonstrate a joint robotics showcase. What’s more, through the use of an interactive online curriculum, students and their families can conveniently access the science program from home
The children also have many opportunities to be leaders through science. On Planting Day, a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate environmental stewardship by nurturing our own Laurence Edible Garden, fifth graders spearhead the composting program by presenting skits about its benefits to their younger peers. Through our Farmers’ Market program, they learn about sustainability and economics and see what it is like to be local farmers and entrepreneurs: growing and tending the produce in our Edible Garden, designing and packaging the product, determining the cost of each item, and selling the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor at our Open House/Global Faire. Laurence families also pitch in, donating fresh items from their own gardens to be sold. Finally, students man booths at the event and help with the set-up and clean-up of our Performing Arts Center (PAC), where the market is staged.
As leaders of a school-wide Planting Day, a wonderful opportunity for demonstrating environmental stewardship, the sixth grade children nurture Laurence’s Edible Garden and prepare the garden beds; they plan which vegetables to grow, decide which science activities to demonstrate, and run five interactive stations, visited by their younger peers. Previous experiments have included testing vegetables for sugar and starch content and matching seeds to their grown vegetable counterparts, and previous stations have included: an eating station, where hungry children consume vegetable-based soups and hearty breads, a planting station, where sixth graders supervise the younger students as they bury various winter vegetables into our edible garden soil, a savory station, where children smell, touch, and taste freshly-grown herbs, and an experiment station, where Laurence seniors lead their underclassmen in an experiment of their choosing.