Science. It’s a word that can cause a student to cringe. How sad. I have been teaching high school science for 27 years, and one of my greatest pleasures has been to turn students into science lovers.
If you ask a student to define what science is, odds are you will not get a very coherent or clear answer. For that matter, most adults cannot tell you what it is either. They may rattle off names or facts, but these are just the language of science. Science is simply the search for the truth.
So what science products are appropriate for high school students? Although opportunities vary from school to school, there are several constants, namely the big four. Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. Each searches for different types of truths.
A humorous definition I once heard of these science areas is as follows:
If it moves, its Biology
If it smells and smokes, its Chemistry
If it doesn’t work, its Physics
If it just sits out in the rain and gets wet, its Earth Science
Of course Biology is the study of life.
Chemistry is the study of chemicals and how they interact
Physics is the study of various forces and motion
Earth science is the study of the planet Earth.
Every high school student should take these basic courses. They teach students how to think critically, a skill that will serve them well throughout their lives. Beyond the basics, depending on a school districts resources, there are many other science courses that are derived from these four basic natural and physical science.
Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology, Meteorology, Astronomy, Marine Science, Ecology, Forensics.
I think the greatest obstacles that students studying science in high school must face are boring teachers and poor math skills. Unfortunately, for many science teachers, their subject is just their job, not their passion. If a teacher is not totally into their subject, then it is pretty obvious that students will not be drawn into the subject and will find it boring. And like it or not, math is an important component of many sciences, especially chemistry and physics.