Science is a core subject and science education is important for many reasons. Today’s world is changing quickly and the future will require skills that are developed through the science curriculum. Critical observation and analytical thinking skills are strong tools to meet the challenges of the future. Complimenting literacy and numeracy, science education allows the student to address the complexity of decisions made in areas of personal health, consumer choices, life style choices, community responsibility, and global resource sustainability.
The grade nine and grade ten science courses introduce scientific thinking and survey the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science. Senior courses are more detailed and typically specialize in deeper aspects of the four disciplines of the junior grades. Many post secondary programs and educational pathways require science course prerequisites. Science courses are a popular choice for many senior students. Science is stimulating and challenging. Science is fun.
As Albert Einstein said:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
Science education offers an entry into this world of wonder where students develop awe and open their eyes, minds, and imaginations to tomorrow.