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Science is taught through investigations, observations, data analysis, and rational explanations of natural phenomena. Emphasis is placed on the importance of critical thinking and logical reasoning in the pursuit of scientific knowledge because rigorous scientific instruction prepares students for the deep thinking associated with 21st Century skills. The natural sciences studied in New York City schools include physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, and ecology. Science can be an inspiration for STEM or trans-disciplinary study in all grades. In science classes students use problem-solving skills, learn new content, and read informational texts. Science teachers use the Common Core Learning Standards to incorporate mathematics and literacy practices to help students integrate reading, writing, listening, discussion and mathematics as part of learning science. Students apply thinking skills to address real life problems, to help make informed decisions and to become science literate citizens.
Green Chemistry Greening the science laboratories in chemistry is a goal of the Science Team. Working with the Fire Department of New York and the Environmental Protection Agency, a pilot is being developed to reduce the amount of corrosive and caustic chemicals form the high school laboratories and develop more sustainable “green” laboratory experiences for our high school students. The primary goal is to create a more environmentally friendly laboratory setting but a happy consequence is that the reduction of chemicals in the schools will also reduce the need for certificate of fitness holders in the schools.