The philosophy of science education at Ross School encourages all students to master the scientific skills and content essential for participation in today’s society.
The word “science” is derived from the Latin scientia, or “knowledge.” Proceeding in tandem with the school’s Cultural History curriculum, students first look at the scientific practices that exemplify a given culture and historical period, and then engage in lab activities that illustrate the related theories and show their relevance to contemporary scientific issues, including stewardship of Earth and the importance of sustainability. Ross teachers are facilitators, leading students to observe, question, and explore both the natural world and their own learning processes. Each grade is exposed to a variety of Science topics and projects throughout the year, drawing from Earth and space sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences, and other fields, including the social sciences. Each Science topic contains a wide range of possible avenues for investigation and interdisciplinary integration. Students employ research, writing, mathematics, problem-solving, and communication skills, along with a wide variety of computer software programs, including Interactive Physics, Starry Night, Logger Pro, and Excel.