The Churchill Middle School Science department practices a student-centered, hands-on, and multimodal approach to learning that makes classes fun and exploratory. Ensuring that students gain skills and knowledge to become scientifically literate and socially aware members of society, classes use lab work, technology, and group work to investigate scientific principles and processes, while exploring how science is relevant in their own lives. Each student actively learns by building, researching, and experimenting.
In sixth grade students explore how concepts of chemistry, such as energy and matter, are present in their everyday lives. We learn about middle school science skills, review measurement, and lab safety through conducting experiments with common household chemicals. Students develop science communication skills by learning how to conduct research and presenting their work. Models will be constructed to further our understanding of a concept. We also examine the relationship between chemistry and the environment by analyzing current events.
In seventh grade students focus on life science. Starting with microbiology and the study of what is living and nonliving up to macrobiology, ecology, and the amazing process of evolution. Fun labs and activates involve students extracting DNA, building cookie cell models, dissections, and work with a team of NYU neuroscientists for their annual brain and nervous system presentations. During the second half of the year, we start Green Science to teach students about nutrition, botany, and sustainability by cooking up some healthy, local dishes using plants grown in the school garden.
The eighth grade students get the opportunity to explore the world of physics with hands-on labs involving heat, light, sound, gravity, and various types of motion. They complete activities like the egg drop and paper airplane lab to explore the properties of aerodynamics. The eighth graders also partake in the annual Churchill Science Conference, getting the opportunity to design, test, analyze, and share their own original experiments with the community to demonstrate the application of the scientific method.
All of our classes take advantage of the great opportunities New York City has to offer with annual field trips to the Hall of Science, Liberty Science Center, the Museum of Natural History, and other great experiential learning outside of the classroom.