Hands-on science, engineering, and computer science classes take place in two dedicated science classrooms and a Makerspace with two full-time science specialists. Students investigate the world around them, become observers of natural phenomena, build and create solutions to engineering challenges, and are introduced to computational thinking and computer programming. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary content from the core sciences of life science, physical science, and earth science aligned with the content and practices in the Next Generation Science Standards.
There is a strong focus on creative problem-solving and the engineering design process. Over the course of their Lower School experience, students will design, carry out, and present experiments ranging from investigating the variables that affect the germination of seeds to the behavior of waves and sound; They will learn about alternative energy and then design, build, and test wind turbines. They will also study and observe earth surface processes, learn about the Mississippi River watershed, and design a Rube Goldberg machine. Students will learn the basics of computational thinking and computer programming through block-based programs such as Scratch and Wonder, and program small robots including BeeBots, Dash and Dot, and KIBOS.