CMS Science Department
Our goal this year is help your child discover how fun, exciting, and applicable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are to their lives.
What is STEM?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn. Programs like Engineering For Kids integrates multiple classes to provide opportunities to see how concepts relate to life in order to hopefully spark a passion for a future career in a STEM field. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn.
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
Science is a way of knowing, a process for gaining knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Science is best experienced as an active process requiring hands-on investigations in which student inquiry is central to learning. Our teachers provide opportunities for all students to experience science in a way that leads to a deeper understanding of the growing world of scientific knowledge.
The Middle School science curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards-Science (NJSLS-S). All Middle School science courses incorporate authentic assessment tools such as oral presentations, laboratory-based activities, science projects, and cooperative activities into the course of study. Our courses also incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) lessons. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for the student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn effectively. Our science courses emphasize the importance and excitement of scientific inquiry inside and outside the classroom. Students are challenged to ask questions, construct and test explanations, and communicate their ideas to their fellow students, teachers, community, and the world around them.
6th Grade Science is interdisciplinary in nature focusing on specific topics from the life, physical and earth sciences and engineering design. Students will study electricity, magnetism, motion, forces, light, waves, body systems, cells, weather, and climate.
7th Grade Science is an integrated course focusing on space, earth, and life sciences and engineering design. Students will study astronomy, plate tectonics, the cycling of Earth’s materials, the inheritance and variation of traits, and biological evolution.
8th Grade Science is an integrated course focusing on physical and life sciences and engineering design. Students will explore the structure and interactions of matter, energy forms and transformation, and ecology and human activity.
Department Supervisor: Edward Palmer
Assistant Department Supervisor: Michael McMullen