In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in.
– Cornelius Van Neil, Microbiologist
The Science Department of Bishop McNamara High School believes that it is the mission to create and develop students that are knowledgeable, scientifically literate, and capable of solving problems. It is necessary that they become aware of the role that the science has in their lives.
We believe that our courses can help teach our students:
- to think rationally and logically
- to communicate orally and in writing
- to handle lab equipment with confidence
- to design and conduct experiments
- to analyze data both graphically and statistically
We expect that our students will be able to apply what they are learning to their everyday problem-solving situations which are essential skills necessary for work and communication in today's globally competitive society. We hope to inspire those with interest and ability to think of future careers in science.
We wish our students to understand and accept their responsibility to and for the Earth, to be challenged as individuals and as members of society to choose actions which will preserve and improve their global environment.
Students who successfully complete the science requirements at Bishop McNamara will have met the National Science Education Standards, and will be able to demonstrate understanding of the principles of the physical and life sciences.
master scientific skills such as measurement, observation, and experimental design
use appropriate technology for collection, interpretation, and analysis of data
understand that science is much more than a body of knowledge - it is a way of thinking
apply what they have learned to read and evaluate newspaper and magazine articles about current research distinguishing valid scientific information from pseudoscience and opinions
make useful and informed scientific decisions about their own actions