Get ready to make 2016-2017 a year of Discovery. Discovery Labs, that is! From new technologies to new school structures, this year, each day will be met with creative opportunities to learn and grow and change and adapt. One exciting aspect is the addition of Discovery Labs on each of the first - fifth grade campuses. Students will attend Discovery Lab classes as part of the elective rotations and will enhance higher level thinking and problem solving at all grade levels. The Discovery Labs will give students the opportunity to explore a variety of concepts with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Students will engage in curriculum that extends their learning beyond the class. We like to think of it as sustaining intelligence!
Components of the Discovery Labs include outdoor learning centers, problem based learning, engineering tasks, coding, and scientific experimentation, including mapping our ecological and energy footprint. All lab activities will focus on process skills, technology, and short and long term scientific observations using claims, evidence and reasoning. The Discovery Labs are an extraordinary approach to augmenting the district science department’s mission to provide quality, research-based, conceptual science instruction with the rigor, depth, and breadth required for every student to be scientifically and technologically literate citizens.
The Discovery Lab will not take the place of classroom science instruction or labs; however, it will support the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and will build on what students learn in the classroom. The Discovery Lab teachers will follow a district scope and sequence with a curriculum that aligns to grade level standards.
As we embark on this incredible journey, we will need volunteers to help make the program a success. If you are interested in serving on the Discovery Lab Volunteer Committee, please click the link below and complete the form to be added to the mailing list. If you are not a district employee, you must also complete the district volunteer and background forms before working in the schools. Details and information are forthcoming. Get on the list early so you don’t miss out.
Discovery Lab Facilitators