For the fourth year in a row, our hallways, classrooms, and common areas have been buzzing with the sights, sounds, and smells of authentic scientific learning. For the past month the students of SCLS Primary School International Division have been hard at work: identifying problems and solutions, designing experiments, recording data, and presenting their findings. From Grades 1 all the way to Grade 5, our school has united around a common purpose: to answer the big questions about life, the universe, and everything. And while we didn't find all the answers, we found quite a few and had a great time along the way!
It started four weeks ago when Dr. Evil (Mr. E in disguise) spoke at our monthly assembly about the importance of finding facts and using knowledge to explore the world. Some fun experiments were done to get everyone in the science frame of mind, and then students were told the what, whys, and hows of the science fair project. Then it was back to the classroom where our wonderful teachers helped the students frame their questions, identify the path they needed to take, and started them on their journey towards scientific discovery.
The next few weeks were a whirlwind both at school and at home - students worked on their projects, collaborated with their partners, checked in with their teachers, and practiced the integral skill of independent learning and study. As the weeks went on the projects got bigger and better, and the research notes become more and more detailed.
By the last week students were tired nervous, excited, and happy - happy with what they had accomplished and eager to present their results to their teachers, peers, and parents. The students did a wonderful job with their presentations - many parents told me how impressed they were not only with their child's work, but all the other great science fair projects they were able to see. The students at SCLS International Division showed themselves to be great presenters and strong independent thinkers, and we are all very proud of what they have accomplished.
But wait, there's more! We held a Science Celebration last Friday where prizes were given out based on feedback from our judges. Students were very excited to win a range of great science themed prizes, and were also happy to see their classmates be successful.
Our students proved themselves to be strong thinkers, capable scientists, and good friends to each other. Thank you, parents, for supporting your students as they work hard every day to reach their learning goals.
Article: Matthew Lippart, Principal
Photographs: Chen Wei
Editor: Yu Yan