The mission of the Winnetka Public Schools science program is to foster children's curiosity in the world around them and empower them with the knowledge needed to interact with the world as scientists and engineers. Our students are encouraged to pose questions, investigate solutions, and justify their thinking. Children will collaborate with each other, engage in scientific and engineering practices, persevere, and creatively investigate phenomena and solve problems.
We believe in deep exploration of important concepts and the opportunity for students to develop meaningful understanding over time.
Students will have sustained opportunities to identify their misconceptions, learn from mistakes and flexibly problem solve. As a result, students’ ideas will evolve over time.
Students will learn in a rigorous environment that requires perseverance.
Students will work collaboratively to develop their understanding of science. They will communicate their thoughts, observations, inferences, and opinions using precise, scientific language.
We believe science and engineering require both knowledge and practice because the NGSS practices, crosscutting concepts, and content are equally important.
Students will be actively engaged in the scientific and engineering practices, which will be visible in the classroom.
Students will use crosscutting concepts to connect knowledge from various disciplines (STEAM) into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.
Students will learn scientific content through hands-on experiences and reflect to build understanding.
We believe children are born investigators and it is important to connect to students’ passions and experiences to further spark their curiosity.
Students will be creative designers and thinkers, further developing their sense of wonder and passion for the world around them.
Students will have equitable access to science learning, materials, and experiences.
Students will be challenged with scientific and engineering tasks that apply to the world they live in; these tasks will inspire lifelong learning and draw on children’s motivation to engage with their surroundings.
We believe that, as educators, it is important to stay committed to our science curricular progressions to ensure a meaningful, coherent journey for each child K8.