Our science program teaches more than content. Students learn to think critically, be methodical, organize and problem solve using a systematic and scientific approach.
At The Greenwood School, short and long term inquiry-based science projects feed into innate human curiosity across remedial and more advanced college preparatory courses. In small, hands-on indoor and outdoor classes, we delve into Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry & ultimately Physics.
Ask any Greenwood student about the Exploding Pumpkin experiment! Its become a school tradition to study exothermic vs. endothermic reactions in October using a seasonal gourd. This is a rich and exciting learning opportunity for students at all levels.
Biology class provides tangible life-study opportunities. Students incubate chicken eggs, observing evolution of the organism from fetal development through hatching, learning about animal behavior in real time. Drosophila (fruit flies) are cultured in class to study genetics and how different traits are passed on through the generations. Working with trout in the classroom and applying observations to larger habitat and environmental topics is yet another example of hands on inquiry-based Biology study.
Dissolving a penny in Nitric Acid, where liquids change colors while creating lower pressure and higher pressure, challenges Middle School students to question what’s happening, discerning physical versus chemical changes.
Every Greenwood Physics segment begins with a thorough demonstration using apparatus to illustrate a physical phenomenon taking place. Curiosity leads to inquiry. When questions can no longer be answered using simple language, students build sophisticated mathematical models to address complex questions. Their “language” evolves and gets more refined through discovery. Students close every physics segment with an experiment to measure how close their predictions compared to reality.
Science is based on curiosity for the natural world.