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The aim of PNA's science program is for students to...
This seems like it's about pre-PBL science!
Pacific Northern Academy believes that a major component of a high-quality science curriculum is the development of an in-depth understanding of content. Following the most up-to- date, research-based Next Generation Science Standards, students work through major topics in life science, earth and space science, and physical science each year. The performance expectations in each discipline develop ideas and skills that will allow students to explain more complex phenomenon in the three disciplines as they progress to middle school and high school.
We also believe that the practice and application of science is just as important as content. Engaging in the practices of science helps students understand how scientific knowledge develops and gives them an appreciation of the wide range of approaches that are used to investigate, model, and explain the world. The actual doing of science can also pique students' curiosity, capture their interest, and motivate their continued study. These experiences enable students to recognize that the work of scientists and engineers is a creative endeavor. The eight practices: asking questions and defining problems; developing and using models; planning and carrying out investigations; analyzing and interpreting data; using mathematics and computational thinking; constructing explanations and designing solutions; engaging in argument from evidence; obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information, are based on an analysis of what professional scientist and engineers do. Students develop these skills each year and the practice increases in complexity and sophistication. For example, the science notebook that captures observations and questions for a Kindergarten is radically different than that of an eighth grader; however, both students are practicing a skill that true scientists utilize.
This combined approach of content and practices produces students who are prepared and ready to enter science and engineering fields in higher education settings and later in their careers.