The Lower School science program seeks to promote and enhance the joy of exploring the natural and material world by guiding an inquiry-based educational experience for our students.
Children are naturally curious and observant. Central to our philosophy is the idea that children learn by doing. Our program encourages them to ask questions prompted by their direct observations and to arrive at answers using evidence they have generated. The experience values creativity and independent thinking. Students have opportunities to design their own experiments and to choose projects that match their interests. We also value collaboration and understand that science is a social enterprise. Students learn from one another as they work together and share their findings. In addition, they learn to disagree productively, using empirical evidence to support their claims.
Computer coding is an interactive, hands-on pursuit at Foote. For a third grade STEM project, students design robots using LEGOs and program their movements using click-and-drag Scratch coding.