Welcome to Lower School Science
Children are captivated and delighted by the adventures of discovering science. Guided by a science specialist, our lower school students learn to examine and observe, as they begin to form an understanding of the natural world through inquiry. As students explore new concepts, they are challenged to make predictions and carry out investigations.
Classroom teachers work alongside the science specialist to help students develop foundational laboratory skills as they learn how to use equipment, take measurements, make estimatations, and record observations. The significance of science is integrated into mathematics, social studies, reading, and writing lessons, through class discussions on data, historical scientific advances, science biographies, and technical writing.
TASIS has partnered with i2 Learning, an international provider of STEAM programs designed to engage and inspire young students. i2 has developed fun, hands-on courses in collaboration with MIT, Harvard, the US Naval Academy, and other world-class scientific and academic institutions to cover a range of STEAM topics, including engineering, genetics, robotics, computer science, mathematics, ecology, and more.
About the experiment: Nitrogen is a gas that makes up 70% of our atmosphere and when frozen, turns into liquid nitrogen. About the Lesson of Study: States of Matter for First Grade includes sorting activities and demonstrations to differentiate between solids, liquids and gases. Students were given trays with 15 objects (some hidden in balloons) and were asked to make observations and justify why they determined objects were solid. Phase changes of water were demonstrated in anticipation of their upcoming experiment and classroom teachers gave homework using a matter 'sort' chart to reinforce what was completed in the lab activities.
Ms. Railey kicked off science with a bang and asked classes to mix corn flour with water, which was then poured into white film canisters with black eyes drawn on to make 'ghost rockets'. The group went outside to add one final ingredient: Alka Seltzer tablet pieces. Students quickly placed the caps tightly on to the film canisters, turned them upside down, and stepped back to make observations of their 'ghost rockets.'