Science and Technology
The Mountain Community School will be dedicated to providing our students with a solid, broad-ranging understanding of the fundamentals of science. The science and technology curriculum will stress hands-on, inquiry-based investigations of scientific phenomena following the Core Knowledge Science Sequence for content, supplemented by skill development from the NC Standard Course of Study.
By integrating science concepts across the other disciplines in a systematic, coordinated progression, we will provide the essential building blocks needed for deeper scientific study and understanding. Incorporation of guest presentations, demonstrations and field trips to the greatest extent possible will also expand our students' experiential understanding of science as well as greater insight into potential career opportunities. We will also take full advantage of the rich environmental heritage of our region to develop an understanding of the workings of the natural world around us.
The goals of our curriculum will be to help children develop scientific reasoning skills and the ability to solve practical problems, to contribute to children's conceptual understanding of the world around them, to foster the development of scientific attitudes- -curiosity, respect for evidence, critical reflection, flexibility, sensitivity to living things, and to integrating science across the other academic disciplines.
Our students will work through the fundamentals of Plants and Animals, Conservation of Natural Resources, Natural History, The Human Body, Physical Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Electricity, Meteorology, Astronomy, and Engineering. We will be including study of biographies of important scientists from the areas being studied, from Copernicus to Sally Ride. We will work to include applied aspects of each area being studied to help our students relate their understanding of scientific concepts to the everyday world around them.
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