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Making Science a Fun and Innovative Way to Learn

Posted On: 2/23/2018 12:09 PM

–“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” –Albert Einstein

The science department at Fuqua School is dedicated to making science a fun and innovative way to learn. Some subjects that have been discussed in the various classrooms recently are space and ecosystems. From constellations to different soils in an ecosystem, the faculty and staff are keeping students on their toes.

In Mrs. Kelly Atkinson’s class, her AP Environmental Science class has designed an ecosystem filled with different kinds of soil, grass, barks, sands, and even pinecones. This project allows for her students to watch and learn how their different ecosystems react to distinctive environmental factors such as temperature, water value and weight.

Mrs. Kathryn Jefferson has recently completed their space portion in her class and are delving deeper into constellations! She strives to “…create art at the same time…” as creating science to keep her students participating actively in the classroom. Her fourth and fifth grade class are starting to get into constellations and have been practicing drawing their birth month zodiac signs.

Another teacher in the science department is Mrs. Amanda Foster, who runs the lower school science lab that focuses on hands-on group work. She enjoys working with Chemistry and loves, “…watching students discover things for themselves.”

Head of Fuqua School John Melton shares his thoughts on science, “I have always been fascinated by how things work, especially in nature, which is what led me to pursue a degree in Biology.” He also adds that, “Discovery, learning from failures, working with your hands, collaborating, and pursuing something that will benefit society are all reasons why I love science and education.”

Science is a dynamic topic where students can learn about history, the now, and the future! Who wouldn’t want to get their hands dirty and discover something new?

Pictured: Fuqua Lower School Fourth Grader Mackenzie Hearn sharing her constellation.

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