The goal of the School’s science program is to nurture the innate curiosity of children and to inspire a passion for lifelong scientific learning. Inquiry-based experiences provide a platform for students to become proficient using the scientific method to explore the world around them. Viewing themselves as a scientist, students think critically to answer their own questions.
The annual Science Fair provides the opportunity for students in senior kindergarten through grade seven to explore an individually selected topic, develop and execute an experiment following the scientific method, utilize research skills, and visually and orally present their findings. Grade eight students take part in the annual Chicago River Student Congress where they present research findings to an audience of peers, parents, teachers, and environmental professionals.
Science at CCDS goes beyond the classroom and laboratory. Students experience and explore many local resources in Chicago and participate in overnight science field trips. Field experiences include trips to local museums and nature centers. Grade five engages in a series of environmental and outdoor educational experiences while on a three-day trip to Lorado Taft in Oregon, Illinois. Grade seven travels to Wisconsin where students visit Devils Lake State Park, The International Crane Foundation, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation to study concepts in geology and environmental science. Additionally they travel to Huntsville, Alabama to take part in the weeklong NASA Space Academy.