Science and STEM
Arundel’s science program is an important part of our curriculum. Arundel follows the San Carlos School District Scope and Sequence for science as aligned with the State Science Framework. Instruction is provided in all classrooms on a regular basis.
FOSS (Full Option Science System) Kits are used in grades K-3. FOSS proposes that students learn science best by doing science. Teachers and students “do” science together when they open the FOSS kits, engaging in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural world. FOSS modules integrate reading and language arts skills in context with their science education. Students explore science concepts through hands-on investigations.
FOSS units are supplemented by books, audio-visual materials and other materials from a variety of sources. These instructional materials, along with the addition of individual teacher-developed lessons, provide a balanced approach to the three major science areas: life science, earth science, and physical science.
The San Carlos School District is currently working on an implementation plan to integrate The Next Generation Science Standards into our curriculum.
At Arundel Elementary School we strive to integrate STEM into our classrooms and through after school activities. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. By exposing students to STEM activities and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and maybe even pursue a job in a STEM field.