Science includes multiple units from which the teachers can choose, confident that every unit will
enhance the student's understanding
of both SCIENCE and the
FOUNDING OF OUR NATION.
~ Science Leads the Way and Creates a Nation
~ Botanizing with Benjamin Bartram
~ Thomas Jefferson and Earth Sciences
~ Benjamin Banneker and Astronomy
~ Benjamin Franklin's Electric Fire, Scientific Method
~ Peale's Scientific Discovery that Had International Consequences
TO BEGIN THEIR STUDY IN SCIENCE
In a room that can become totally dark, with the best sound system possible, using 11 flashlights and 11 black-with-white block lettering science signs, and a powerful audio C D, students will travel through time and experience
Science Leads the Way and Creates a Nation
This unit is one of the most important components of the curriculum because it sets the stage for the rest of the study. It is a powerful interactive multi-media production that captures what turned the world upside down, led to our American Revolution, and is the backbone of our government today. It allows students to time travel from the DARK AGES to the SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION and ENLIGHTENMENT, to incorporating science to create a nation. This dramatic experience brings home the fact that had it not been for the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, there would not have been an AMERICAN REVOLUTION.
Note: When the word "Imagine" is spoken, the room goes totally dark, and the time travel begins.
A sampling of the experience...
The students will next learn how to apply 18th Century reasoning techniques scientifically developed by two ENLIGHTENMENT giants - LOCKE and KANT - for examining moral behavior, and to examine and debate elements of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
LOCKE and KANT'S 18th century reasoning techniques will become a natural part of the student's moral decision making, continuing not only throughout the year but also throughout their lives. This is important because the United States is a self-governing nation and its survival depends on a self-governed citizenship.
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