Northwestern Regional School District No. 7

Science

Science Department Staff

The average citizen is faced with many adjustments brought on by the rapidly developing technology of the world. There is an increasing demand on the general public to help in shaping the course of technology through the democratic process. Therefore, science education must develop scientifically literate citizens able to adjust to a rapidly changing world, make knowledgeable decisions and face the challenges of our technological society.

We should strive to instill the concept that the unknown can be explained in an orderly and logical manner. This requires developing faith in the scientific method as a means of solving daily problems. Each student should recognize the importance of applied research as a means of providing solutions to society's problems and the potential to participate in these solutions.

It is important to understand that science strives for exactness while trying to explain the unknown. In nurturing this attitude, there is always the danger that the facts and concepts of science will be accepted as unchangeable dogma. We must guard against this rigidity of mind and help students realize that a theory or concept must be provable under known conditions, but as new experimental evidence is garnered, theories and concepts may be modified. Science is a self-correcting process with a rapidly expanding horizon of knowledge.

There is a need to obtain a proper perspective of science in relation to our culture. An appreciation for the interdependence of society, the economy, politics and science must be developed. Science is connected with our daily lives and is not a mysterious force isolated from the general public. Scientists can bring insights, information and analytical skills to bear on matters of public concern.

We should endeavor to provide future citizens with the awareness of science related issues that have a bearing on responsible daily living. Indeed, awareness of health, safety, the stewardship of the natural resources of our planet, the increasing role of technology and science in everyday life and an aesthetic appreciation of both the technological and natural environment will nurture global consciousness and understanding.

Science Department Goals:

  • Be provided with appropriate experiences to enable the student to become scientifically literate and sensitive to the interrelationships of natural forces and cycles, society and man.
  • Develop a foundation in concepts and skills, which are a prerequisite to continuing training and education.
  • Be provided with opportunities to develop the power of analytical and critical thinking.
  • Be provided with practical knowledge necessary for safety, health, responsible citizenship and the enrichment of life.
  • Be provided with experiences to engender the student's natural interests in science.
  • Be provided with experiences that develop an awareness of science related careers.
  • Exhibit an awareness of the development of scientific knowledge.
  • Be provided with the opportunity to submit proposals for independent study programs, projects and extracurricular activities.
  • Be encouraged to develop a sense of wonder, excitement and curiosity toward the physical and living world.
  • Develop research and communication skills using the latest available technology.
  • Be provided with experiences that explore the ethical issues related to the technological advances occurring in society.

Courses Offered:

  • Integrated Science C
  • Honors Integrated Science
  • Biology C
  • Honors Biology
  • Chemistry C
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Applications of Chemical Principles
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Science I
  • Environmental Science II
  • Forensic Science
  • AP Biology/UCONN
  • Physics
  • Honors Human Physiology
  • Seminar in Biotechnology

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