"The important thing is to never stop questioning."
The goal of the Flemington-Raritan Science Program is to develop inquiry skills that will enable students to understand the world in which they live and be able to make informed decisions that will touch the future. The program is based on a process approach in which students will use observation, classification, inferences, measurement, data collection, communication, modeling, inference, prediction, experimentation, and data analysis to make sense of their world.
The study of science begins with curiosity. Children are natural scientists. They use their senses as they eagerly explore their world and construct meaning from their experiences. The research indicates that children learn science through experiences such as hands-on activities that employ the science process skills. An effective school science program nurtures the natural curiosity of children and provides experiences for them to explore their world as their teacher guides them. In school, those experiences are structured so that the students can construct meaning from them. Hands-on / minds-on activities are a means of learning and should not be done in isolation. Students need opportunities to discuss their finds, look for patterns and draw conclusions. Thus, the science curriculum capitalizes on the student's natural inquisitiveness and emphasizes active student participation.