The science program at Conway has as its major purpose the involvement of students with the world about them from a scientific point of view. The scientific point of view encompasses the use of the process skills in all science activities. These process skills properly used will dictate a program which is heavily "hands-on" oriented. The seven major process skills to be used are as follows:
Observing: taking in information about the world through our senses.
Classifying: arranging objects or events in order according to some property.
Measuring: thinking about properties in a quantitative way.
Inferring: interpreting and explaining what we observe.
Predicting: forecasting what will be observed in the future based on inferred data.
Experimenting: changing objects and events to see what happens.
Communicating: putting the information obtained from our observations into a form that someone else can understand.
From this approach, a body of scientific knowledge should be developed which becomes the base for the use of cognitive and critical thinking. The Conway School program is not limited to a factual knowledge textbook approach. The specific topics in science at each grade level are listed under grade level sections on our website.