Science courses that focus on knowledge alone give students an incorrect understanding of scientific inquiry. Those courses may leave them feeling that science is a body of disconnected facts.
At Leadership Academy, we teach students to think and act like scientists and engineers. The knowledge students gain in our science program represents only part of our goal. It is more important that students can apply what they have learned to advance their understanding of science and engineering.
During science labs, mentors model scientific methods. Then they coach students through performing these methods during a year-long science project. Each step of the project is aligned to specific labs so that mentors can model specific scientific practices. Then the students demonstrate those practices themselves.
Science students also engage in Big Picture Activities. These include creating concept maps, building models, crafting presentations, and writing mini-essays. Students also complete practice problem sets, quizzes, and participation evaluations. They may engage in debates about controversial scientific topics. In some live classes, students read an excerpt from a classical scientific tract or primary information source, then discuss the reading. Students can also go to our learning management system to read texts, watch videos, and do interactive online simulations.