“One weedy species has unwittingly achieved the ability to directly affect its own fate and that of most of the other species on this planet.” – Wake and Vredenburg (2008)
A focus on climate change and the impact humanity has had on our planet has been placed in the forefront of public education in New Jersey. Who better to lead our District in this area of profound importance than the IPS Science Department? The Science Department is responding to this crisis in the making by offering three new courses at the high school this year as well as revising all of its courses to explicitly address climate change so that the students passing through our District are prepared, informed, and ready to lead the challenge against climate change.
The K-5 Science program continues to be focused on integrating the various science disciplines around complex questions, engaging topics, and phenomena. The Interactive Science resource provides every student with a write-in print copy as well as digital access to the textbook, video clips, activities, and more…
Our middle school Science team will continue to use the Integrated Science program available through Amplify. Thanks to our District’s 1:1 initiative, students and teachers have round-the-clock access to the entire Science program. Additionally, our partnership with Students 2 Science, LLC. will enhance the learning experience through field trips and virtual labs conducted under the guidance of field experts and researchers.
Irvington High School will be offering three new science courses in the 2021-2022 school year, all of which have climate change at their core. Thanks to a generous donation through Constellation, an Exelon Company, we are pleased to be able to add Engineering I and II, Honors Earth Systems & Space Science, and Climatology & Meteorology to our expanding course catalog to meet the interests and demands of our student body. Additionally, we look forward to completing our Weather Center and Studio that will integrate Science, Technology, and Media Sciences.
Irvington’s Science Department understands the vital role it plays in equipping our students to take their place as the workforce, leaders, and problem-solvers of tomorrow. We are steadfast in our commitment to providing a quality STEM education for ALL of our students. We will continue our work to ensure that our students are equipped with the scientific literacy and critical thinking skills needed to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.