Science Spotlight

Overview

Science Spotlight

In the fall of 2017 Dr. Kellie Whited joins our Lower School faculty as the Science Specialist for PK-5. The goal of the program is to bring science into the classroom more frequently by having Lower School students "doing" science in their classrooms, outside, and in the High School science labs.

 The science program has three key areas of focus:

  • To teach the scientific method and reinforce it across the years
  • To teach students how to design an experiment and to problem solve if their design isn’t working
  • To discuss that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing and how some of the greatest scientific discoveries have come from experiments that technically failed their primary objective

To complement the curriculum taught by homeroom teachers, professors from Sacramento State University teach labs to each of the grades PK-4. In grade five Country Day students travel to Sac State do a lab using the same facilities that research scientists use.

In November the school implements PhUn (Physiological Understanding) week in conjunction with the American Physiological Society and professors in the Biological Sciences department at Sacramento State University.

In the fall of 2017 Dr. Kellie Whited joins our Lower School faculty as the Science Specialist for PK-5. The goal of the program is to bring science into the classroom more frequently by having Lower School students “doing” science in their classrooms, outside, and in the High School science labs.

 The science program has three key areas of focus:

  • To teach the scientific method and reinforce it across the years
  • To teach students how to design an experiment and to problem solve if their design isn’t working
  • To discuss that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing and how some of the greatest scientific discoveries have come from experiments that technically failed their primary objective

To complement the curriculum taught by homeroom teachers, professors from Sacramento State University teach labs to each of the grades PK-4. In grade five Country Day students travel to Sac State do a lab using the same facilities that research scientists use.

In November the school implements PhUn (Physiological Understanding) week in conjunction with the American Physiological Society and professors in the Biological Sciences department at Sacramento State University.