Studies in science contribute to developing scientifically and technologically literate citizens who will be able to make informed decisions about their lifestyle, their environment and the kind of society in which they wish to live. The more students learn about this subject, the more they will see the connections between science and people, understand the relevance of science and technology to past achievements and future development while being aware of its impact on society, the individual and the environment that we all share.
Science education prepares students for continuing studies and entry into the workforce in a variety of capacities. The skills developed through science education are useful in a wide range of careers in addition to those normally thought of as scientific.
At Holy Cross School, through the learning of methods of investigation, students are encouraged to develop curiosity and a spirit of inquiry, which is aimed at helping them to be open-minded and to value objectivity. We aim to have students who are able to adopt critical perspectives, to recognize the limitations of science and to respect and share responsibility for the local and global environment.
Holy Cross School’s extended Science Education program, the Kids’ New Horizons partnership between the St. Boniface Hospital is designed to support health and science literacy for students and teachers in the middle years by connecting science learning in the classroom to the current research and daily work done at the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre. It is about learning that health, science, research and medicine have meaning to each of us as individuals and as a community. We cater classroom “scientist-in-residence” sessions with staff from the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre include lab-based activities, dissections focussing on current research and disease, research presentations, scientific technology and much more, tailored on the needs of schools, teachers and students.
Our common goals are:
Our work is to address cluster 0 objectives, and some of the new initiatives outlined above. As a classroom and Science Club activities it is generally scheduled as half day to two-day blocks in school as experiential “scientist-in-residence” sessions, often followed by tours of the Research Centre for students. All classroom sessions include an introduction to SBH and SBRC, an introduction to the research programs and researchers at SBRC, and a hands-on classroom session that connects SBRC research programs and the science and health behind them to classroom learning.