What sets SCI's programs apart from other physical science curricula?
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The content of our programs is scientifically accurate - Students will not have to "unlearn" anything they learn in IPS or FM&E.
IPS and FM&E have a clear set of objectives - The goals of the courses are understanding basic science and developing laboratory skills, reasoning skills (e.g., the application of knowledge to new situations), and communication skills in the context of science.
Both courses have a clear story line - Each course follows a well-defined path that demonstrates the excitement of inquiry as the means of acquiring scientific knowledge. Guided reasoning, based on experimental results, leads to the generalizations that form the coherent story lines.
IPS and FM&E start where the students are - The courses rely on the fact that all students have had some experience with matter and forces in their daily lives. All new ideas are based on concrete student experiences in the laboratory and all new terms are introduced only after the need for them has been established.