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Science is different than other subjects.  It is not just the subject of science that is different; the entire process of doing science is different. The means by which knowledge is acquired is different in science than it is in history or mathematics or poetry or ... .  Science is different because the answers to scientific questions are not found in a textbook or through pondering high and lofty thoughts. Indeed, scientists ponder and hopefully think high and lofty thoughts; and indeed students in science class will find answers in a textbook.  But the basis of what scientists believe and why they believe it is not the result of mere thinking or reading in a textbook. The basis of what scientists believe is the result of the careful collection and analysis of laboratory evidence. In a science class like STEM Chemistry, the differentness of science will be most evident when it comes time for lab.

In STEM Chemistry (like other science courses at GBS), we will engage in the activity of scientists through careful and repeated lab investigations.  If you wish to do well in Chemistry, you will have to take lab seriously.  Lab is central. Integral. Sacred. More than a mere place in the back of the classroom, the laboratory is the place where science students do science. It is in the laboratory that science students learn to practice the activities of scientists - asking questions, performing procedures, collecting data, analyzing data and answering questions. If you wish to do well in Chemistry, then you will have to take this process seriously.

The pages at The Laboratory section of the web site provide information about the lab program. You will find descriptions of what the lab report must contain and you will find scoring rubrics that are used to grade the lab work.


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