Science is critically important in the education of students. The study of the important issues facing us—such as water resources and quality, environmental preservation and restoration, and climate change—may enable today's students to address some of these issues in the future. However, students who are in homeschool programs have few opportunities to access labs, scientific equipment, and well-trained teachers.
Our Homeschool Science program is designed to address this need. Sierra Streams' educators and scientists provide standards-based instruction in the physical and life sciences in our classroom and lab at the Carriage House and in the outdoor "classroom" of Deer Creek. Students are more engaged in this kind of learning than are students in traditional classrooms because everything is hands-on, real, and relevant.
Outdoor science education has been shown to be critically important in children's emotional, physical, and intellectual development. It's a great way to counter the lure of electronic devices, video games, and TV. To learn more about the importance of hands-on outdoor science education, read this article by one of our in-house science educators (originally published in the Northern Gold Country Parents' Resource Guide).