The Science program promotes intellectual curiosity by involving students in hands-on, experiential learning. The program centers on the implementation of the scientific method. Students study the basic concepts of life, earth, and physical sciences through classroom activities and field trips, in order to discover, observe, predict, and formulate hypotheses. Students learn to record and analyze data, to collaborate in teams, and to discuss scientific phenomena using technical vocabulary. In first grade, the children study various topics in earth, life, and physical science. Students are provided with opportunities to carefully observe, record data, and ask meaningful questions. Students engage in activities pertaining to the life cycle of plants and frogs, habitats, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, dinosaurs, and the solar system. Students use a science journal to record observations. The students spend time focusing on environmental issues such as pollution, recycling, and reusing natural resources and work in the garden to practice measurement and observation. Science topics are taught by assessing prior knowledge, and by forming hypotheses, investigating, experimenting, and drawing conclusions.