“I lose one; I win one!” exclaimed a 2nd grade student, having first gotten an answer incorrect and then, later, another correct.
“I want to stay [and not go back to class]. I didn’t have science like this last year [at my old school],” said a desperately eager 4th grader.
“Man, I am SO good at this!” said an enthusiastic 2nd grader, with an accompanying fist bump to the air, after success while working on a lab with his group.
“That’s where we fixed the problem,” stated a Kindergartener to her lab group while examining the first and second photographs of their ball rolling machine.
“I just love being in this room. It’s just so…sciencey!” sighed a 4th grader visiting during recess.
“I made the canyon that way so the water wouldn’t spill out,” said a 2nd grader. “It’s okay. You can let the water spill out,” said another. “Alright! Now you’re talking!”
“I can’t believe I get to keep a skull [that I found]! When I grow up I’m going to keep this in my lab,” said a forward-thinking Kindergartener.
“When I grow up I’m going to be a science teacher,” said an Academy 1st grader.
And finally, the Kindergarten girl that crawled into Santa’s lap and asked for “science for Christmas.”
Welcome to the Early Childhood and Lower School Science Lab! When students enter the lab, they immediately begin scouring the area with their eyes. They are searching for anything new or different, because here things change, experiments are in process, and something is always being designed or built. This lab is a busy place! It is a place of excitement, a place of doing. The atmosphere is one that fosters a freedom to think, to be curious, to ask questions, to be wrong, to be right. Science is wrapped in a series of successes and failures and here, students have the opportunity for both and learn that both successes and failures are worthwhile. In this lab, it’s all about making science make sense.
“This has to be the best science day ever.” This is a simple statement, one spoken into my ear by the small voice of a Kindergarten student. Of course, how could it not be?