The Science Department provides comprehensive, modern, and technologically innovative science education. Students learn how the scientific method, a cornerstone of science, is used to solve problems and develop new technologies to improve health, environment, and lives. Students begin dedicated science instruction on our elementary school campuses which establishes a scientific foundation for the process oriented guided interactive learning (POGIL) course work in middle and high school. Students in science classes engage in hands-on activities that provide the background for developing an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry. They ask questions, plan, and conduct investigations and use appropriate tools and techniques to gather data. Throughout the year, students can be found designing catapults and bottle rockets. Student centered approaches include POGIL, and modeling, in which students analyze data to understand the evidence that supports modern scientific theories.
Episcopal teachers understand that outstanding science education extends beyond the walls of their classrooms. Many science courses provide students with field experience opportunities which include swimming with the manatees in Crystal River and meeting with professors at research facilities and universities such as Stanford and MIT. Courses also offer field trips to Little Talbot Island State Park, Guana Estuarine Research Preserve, and the Arlington East Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Courses prepare students to pursue advanced science degrees at prestigious colleges and universities throughout the country. Core courses include Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Science Research, and Human Anatomy & Physiology.