Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics
CCJDS puts a high priority on innovative STEM education. We incorporate science and engineering projects at every grade level, kindergarten through eighth grade, with direct application to the real world.
In the elementary years, every classroom integrates at least three science units throughout the year: one life science unit, one earth science unit and one physical science unit. Students are asking questions, designing experiments, and collecting data. For example, kindergartners learn about air by building and testing parachutes (physical science), students collect weather data (earth science) and students plant and observe different types of beans (life science). Fourth graders build circuit houses (physical science), plant and monitor a variety of plants in their garden (earth science) and build working elbows during a study of human muscles and joints (life science). And, in every class, students engage in designing and revising projects that reflect engineering practices including the design and testing of fountains in kindergarten, the construction and testing of bridges in second grade, and the design of solar houses in fifth grade.