Why do Mentos turn ordinary bottles of diet soda into geysers of fun?
Because we believe that science is best learned by being scientists, instruction at National Presbyterian School teaches processes and concepts through inquiry-based, hands-on/minds-on activities. Through their own investigations and analyses, students appreciate the scientific enterprise, learn important scientific and engineering concepts, and develop their own questions and answers in a creative, yet logical way. NPS students develop a strong foundation in scientific literacy in life sciences, earth and space sciences, and physical sciences. The program, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, emphasizes fundamental themes, skills and attitudes of science and engineering design.
Students in Kindergarten–Sixth Grade use Full Option Science System (FOSS), an award winning, standards-based, inquiry-based curriculum developed at the University of California, Berkeley.
Students in Third through Sixth Grades spend formal time in the science lab. In Nursery through Second Grades, science experiments and STEAM projects take place in the homeroom.
Integrated curriculum leads to experimentation in Nursery
Nursery is exploring flint corn, harvests, and scarecrows
Eco-education, bonding, and adventure awaited our oldest students on their annual camping trip
Last spring, the 5th and 6th grade members of the Environmental Committee of Student Council planned and planted a garden.
Our 5th Graders study, share, and shine light all around them
Quesadillas are on the menu in this science experiment!
Our first First Grade science unit is blowing up and down and all around.
Two teams of NPS 5th Graders placed 2nd and 3rd in the K-8 Analog Game division of the Arctic Climate Game Jam
We enjoyed a visit from Reptiles Alive!
Connecting science and social studies to become history detectives
Analyzing, predicting, classifying, and making attract students in Pre-K science
Maple sugaring field trip deepens study of trees
We brought the farm to NPS!
Interactive science lessons deepen understanding
Students create ornaments to demonstrate their knowledge of astronomy concepts
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Grade 6
- NPS Students excel at
- Science Enrichment Activities
- Engineering Design Challenge
- Fossil Dig (2)
- Outdoor education program (5–6)
- GLOBE (NASA, NSF and NOAA sponsored) environmental and weather research projects
- Signs of Spring: Citizen-Science Program
- Field trips to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum forensic anthropology exhibit and the National Zoo
- Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Night
Dale Glass, Science CoordinatorBS, Brown University
MS, University of Texas
MSSE, Montana State University