The OBEN Science Department nourishes scientifically literate thinkers who can design solutions to challenging problems. Authentic experimentation is used to guide students’ continual growth in scientific design, analysis, reading, and writing. Our goal is to instill a love of science in our students while empowering them with the knowledge and skills to critically question familiar scientific concepts and generate new ideas that benefit the world around them.
Teaching science means giving students time and opportunity to explore, make observations, test ideas, ask questions, wrestle with unfamiliar and counterintuitive ideas, and see the advantage of thinking another way. Science is as much about understanding a way of thinking and doing, as it is about a body of knowledge. One cannot separate knowing from finding out.
Through inquiry-based instruction, teachers are able to:
Encourage a spirit of healthy questioning.
Emphasize the importance of keeping an open mind.
Teach that though scientific knowledge is reliable, it is subject to change as we continue to explore.