Albert Einstein once quipped, “I have no special talents. I am only naturally curious.” Edlin’s number one goal in science is to foster natural curiosity; we encourage students to wonder and to ask why. Students are actively engaged in the scientific method. Through an inquiry-based approach, students learn to discover how science impacts the natural world around them. Edlin students, from an early age, create hypotheses, conduct experiments, and analyze data. All students learn to apply the scientific method (questioning, hypothesis, experimentation, observation, collection of data, analysis, and conclusion) in order to participate in yearly science fairs.
Through the third grade, students learn the scientific method by participating in class experiments. Starting in 4th grade, students are expected to prepare and present individual projects. Students of all ages are provided many additional opportunities to put their science skills to the test. All students participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) challenges throughout the school year, as well as through after school STEAM clubs. Students in 5th grade and beyond are able to participate in clubs and competitions such as Future City, You Be The Chemist, Odyssey of the Mind, and Science Bowl. Students enjoy extended science-related fieldtrips including the 5th and 6th grade three-day camping trip to Camp Highroads, the 8th grade physics trip to Six Flags, and the 7th and 8th grade visit to Sound to Sea in North Carolina, and an overnight at the Maryland Science Center.
Students are encouraged to explore the world around them and to develop a deep connection to nature and the unique features of Earth. Additional field trips include local and regional locations such as the Walker Nature Center, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Heritage Farm Museum, and the Air and Space Museum. As a result of Edlin’s rigorous science program, students develop into conscientious global citizens.