The scientific method is the foundation of the overall curricular approach and is woven within the study of science, engineering, and technology. Through inquiry-based instructional practices, students are guided to generate questions that can be answered through investigation.
By continuously asking deeper questions about their observations and the information they find along their exploration, students expand their curiosity and re-examine their initial conceptions.
Teachers facilitate conceptual understanding of increasingly complex ideas by solving problems within a demonstration, experiment, or challenge. Moreover, the scientific understandings are connected to students’ interests and life experiences to engage the learners and reveal the relevance of scientific knowledge. By focusing on core ideas in science and engineering, the students have more time to explore each idea in greater depth. Understanding of these core ideas occurs over multiple grades at increasing levels of sophistication.