At Quest, we know that science is both a body of knowledge and a method of discovery. While knowledge can change over time, the scientific process remains stable and reliable. The skills of science—identifying problems, developing solutions, testing them, and implementing them—are vital life skills in any walk of life.
As adult scientists do, Quest students also complement their active research with learning about the discoveries scientists have already made. Knowledge of our current understandings of physics, chemistry, earth science, and biology provide a foundation for further discoveries.
How do Quest students learn this?
One primary route is the Socratic Method—the practice of responding to students’ questions by asking more questions that lead them to think critically, to share their ideas, and to help each other find their way to an answer to their original question. It takes a little longer, but because people learn best when they are actively engaged, the extra time is worth it.
Another key component of the Quest Academy science program is experimentation. Much of our time is spent testing theories and doing experiments to better understand how the world actually works. Experimental science strengthens students’ understanding of content, their curiosity, their logic, and their skill in applying scientific methodology.
Middle School science students have access to the tools and technology that enhances and supports depth of content while equipping them with the knowledge of how to produce and conduct an experiment.
Participation in Science Fair and extracurricular programs such as Science Olympiad allows the student to deepen their understanding in specific interest areas while applying the scientific process they have refined in the classroom.