As our economy and world become increasingly high-tech, our students need high quality instruction in both science and technology. Starting in the earliest grades, students attending our schools are taught the skills in science and technology they will need to succeed in a global economy.
Once in school, our youngest students learn basic scientific concepts and are provided the opportunity to make their own experimental observations. They learn to make predictions, collect data, and analyze the results of their investigations. They learn to sort and classify objects in different ways according to different criteria. With a variety of hands-on experiences, students begin to make connections between the scientific concepts they are learning. For example, students may study the different states of matter and as part of this unit make “ooze,” a mixture of cornstarch and water in order to examine the properties of solids and liquids. In the life science unit, students may grow their own “fast plants” with rapid life cycles, measuring and documenting the changes that occur as the plants sprout and grow.
In the technology area, pre-school, kindergarten and first grade students learn how to utilize touch-pad technology with i-Pods and i-Pads. They visit the computer lab and begin to become familiar with how a computer works and are taught word-processing and other computer skills. Teachers and students in many of our classrooms make use of response technology and the Smart Board. Individual laptop stations in classrooms provide specialized instruction in reading, math, and science. Document cameras allow teachers to display work pages for students so they can both see and hear relevant information.
Keeping up with the changing world of science and technology can be challenging. Fortunately, our staff works very hard to keep up-to-date with these changes and use technology to individualize and support instruction. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.