The MYP Science program is a comprehensive program designed to teach students to think critically, understand and use the scientific method and teach Science concepts and standards. The program accesses local resources such as La Luz Academy at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) through UNM. We believe Science should be taught hands-on, in the field and focus on critical thinking. Current projects include:
Science In The Quad
The MYP Science Program has received a grant to plan and build a park on campus. “The Quad” will be completed in May 2017 and provide a space for TIS students to meet between classes, eat lunch and for additional outdoor learning.
TIS science fairs achieve multiple learning goals across several subjects.
First, all MYP Students study and execute the Scientific Method. Beginning in August, the students develop understanding for each step, and how to either collect data or use or analyze the data collected. They will learn relevant Science as well as how to learn through the scientific method, and to present that material. The MYP Staff consider the presentation, project, and learning outcome so important, and so universal to all subjects, that all the teachers are involved. As a result, the science fair is an entire MYP event, open to the TIS community.
Second, participating in a Science Fair is an important aspect of MYP Science life. Each year, UNM has a science fair opportunity in March. Our school has been given slots for the science fair. Not only do students learn the Scientific Method, but they will have the opportunity to compete with middle school students from across New Mexico to reflect their learning amongst these peers. It is possible to go all the way up to an International level competition. A student from Los Lunas got the opportunity to meet the President of the United States as a result of winning in a Science Fair Competition.
Third, participating in a Science Fair gives students the opportunity to reflect and grow the many skills they have learned over the years to be prepared for high school and college projects.
Finally, the Annual Science Fair will bring unity to our students! They work hard and encourage each other through out the process with the ultimate goal of congratulating those top three presentations! Yes, it is competition, but it is friendly, encouraging, and a great self-esteem boost as well.
The International School at Mesa del Sol middle school staff looks forward to its Annual Science Fair and the participation of our students in the regional UNM science fair as a result!