Scientific literacy is a necessity for all our citizens. The rapid changes occuring in technology and the environment require that today’s graduates recognize these impacts on their lives if they are to implement effective change. To become effective citizens, today’s students must understand the power of the scientific method of inquiry and learn to apply this method of discovery.
As a result of the Science Program at Suffield High School students know the basic concepts of, and the interrelationships among, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences, and are able to apply scientific skills, processes and methods of inquiry to real-world settings. All of our science courses also encompass the following Connecticut State Science Framework Program Goals
· recognize and participate in scientific endeavors which are evidence-based and use inquiry skills that lead to a greater understanding of the world;
· identify and solve problems through scientific exploration, including the formulation of hypotheses, design of experiments, use of technology, analysis of data and drawing of conclusions;
· select and properly use appropriate laboratory technology, equipment and materials, including measuring and sensing devices;
· understand and use, when appropriate, existing and emerging technologies which have an effect on society and our quality of life, including personal, academic and work environments;
· analyze the possibilities and limits of science and technology in order to make and defend decisions about societal issues; and
· understand that the way in which scientific knowledge is formulated is crucial to the validity of that knowledge
In addition each science course aligns with the CT K-12 Content Standards as follows:
1 . The Nature Of Science
Students will experience an inquiry-based learning environment in which they are free to ask questions, seek information and validate explanations in thoughtful and creative ways. Students also will understand that the processes, ways of knowing and conceptual foundations of science are interdependent and inextricably bound. This standard is met in all science courses to a large extent.
2 . History Of Science
Students will learn the evolution of scientific thought, how science has influenced culture and society, and how groups from many countries have contributed to the history of science. This standard is met to some degree in Earth Science and Biology, and more so in the Chemistry, Physical Science and Physics courses.
Students will understand that all organisms in the biosphere are linked to each other and to their physical environments by the transfer and transformation of matter and energy. This standard is met to a high degree in both the required Biology and AP Biology courses and Environmental Science Course, and to a minor extent in the Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physical Science Course.
Students will understand that living things share common materials and structures which perform basic life functions. This standard is met to a great degree in both the required Biology and AP Biology courses.
5 . Relationships Of Structure And Function
Students will understand the classification and physiology of the great diversity of organisms and identify relationships of structure and function. This standard is met to a great degree in both the required Biology and AP Biology courses.
6 . Cycles Of Life
Students will recognize patterns and products of genetics and evolution. This standard is met to a great degree in both the required Biology and AP Biology courses, with great emphasis on this in the AP Biology course.
7 . The Earth
Students will understand the processes and forces that shape the structure and composition of the Earth. This standard is met to a great degree in the required Earth Science course.
8 . Water
Students will understand the water cycle, including energy transfers, the distribution and characteristics of water, and its influences on human activity. This standard is met in the Earth Science and Environmental Science course, and to a minor degree in the Chemistry and Physical Science Course.
9 . The Earth’s Atmosphere
Students will understand the composition and structure of the atmosphere, including energy transfers, the nature of weather and climate, and the effect of the atmosphere on human activity. This standard is met to a great degree in the Earth Science Course, and to a small amount in the Environmental and Physical Science Course.
10. The Universe
Students will understand that the Earth is a unique, dynamic member of the solar system, located in a galaxy within a changing universe. This standard is met in the Eath Science course, and to some amount in the Physics course.
11. Structure Of Matter
Students will know the characteristic properties of matter and the relationship of these properties to structure and composition. This standard is met to a great degree in the Chemistry and Physical Science Course, as well as to a good amount in the Earth Science, Biology, and Physics courses.
Students will know that energy is conserved, transferred, transformed and appears in different forms. This standard is met to a high degree in the Physical Science and Physics courses, and touched upon in the Earth Science and Chemistry courses.
13. Interaction Of Matter And Energy
Students will know that interactions between matter and energy can produce changes in a system, although the total quantities of matter and energy are unchanged. This standard is met to a high degree in the Physics, Chemistry and Physical Science courses, and discussed in the Earth Science, Biology and Environmental Science Course.
14. Science And Technology
Students will understand the relationships among mathematics, science and technology, and the way they affect and are affected by society. This standard is met in the Physics and Physical Science course, as well as discussed in the Earth Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry and Biology courses.