At AmPark we believe that science education is an integral piece of a well-rounded educational experience. Through science exploration the natural curiosity of children is cultivated. Providing the students with opportunities to question the world around them increases academic engagement and supports students in developing higher order thinking skills. Students in grades K through 3 receive science instruction through their classroom teacher and also through a science cluster teacher. This cluster position offers an additional opportunity for students to conduct experiments, take guided neighborhood nature walks, and build research skills. In grades 4 and 5 students participate in departmentalized instruction. One teacher on the grade level is the science expert allowing deeper exploration of content and more frequent instruction in science than a traditional school schedule. Additionally, at least one reading and writing unit on each grade level is integrated with science instruction, with topics that include “writing like a scientist,” lab reports, weather, animal habitats, and natural disasters.
Students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in our annual science fair. Projects have ranged from Kindergarten experiments around gummy bears to upper grade experiments testing diaper absorbency or how neighborhood trees have changed over time. Students have choice in the topic, design, and presentation of their experiment. All students receive participation awards and a panel of parent and staff member judges determine which awards will go on to compete in the NYC Expo.
Here are some important links and materials:
- The Science Fair Family Guide provides an overview of the process of putting together a poster and offers examples. It’s from last year, but the content is still relevant.
- The 2016 Science Fair Family Guide Student Sheets gives students step-by-step instructions as they move through the process. It’s from last year, but the content is still relevant.
- If you plan to submit a poster, please fill out the survey
We’ll be providing regular Science Fair updates, so watch this space for information!