At CSG, the Science Department uses an inquiry approach to learning by using cooperative experiences to engage students in lab activities and experiments. When given a problem, students identify variables and develop procedures. They perform tests, collect, and analyze data, and make charts and graphs to help formulate conclusions. Students experience guided inquiry where they are given a set of objectives, a set of safe websites for them to explore, and a rubric to clarify the expectations beyond the traditional laboratory experience. In advanced courses, students experience true inquiry approach. They are given a problem and resources to utilize to design and conduct experiments to test their hypothesis. As a summative assessment, students present their findings in post-inquiry sessions with peer review.
The Science Department strives to help students:
- Realize that science is fascinating, fun, and rewarding.
- Understand that scientific discovery is an ongoing, ever broadening, self-correcting search for answers, and that any one discovery leads to further questions and experimentation rather than an absolute or ultimate truth.
- Appreciate how the cooperative nature of the current scientific enterprise works and be able to make clear judgments regarding their roles in the today's technological and competitive world.
- Learn the fundamental facts, concepts, laboratory, and reasoning skills that are basic to further formal study in the individual scientific disciplines.