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Science & Technology

Science Standards

GO TO the standards for Science

Students in grades K-5 learn Science year-round through hands-on investigations using FOSS NGSS science kits (science materials, adoption year 2017-2019). 

Information on following the scientific method can be found at the links below.  


GO TO mini MOVIE on the Scientific Method from Brain POP

GO TO The Scientific Method from Fact Monster


Introduction to Computer Science at Laurelwood 2017-18


Fifth graders at Laurelwood Elementary School have the opportunity to experience the field of information technology and communications thanks to their teachers. This dedicated team of teachers, along with Vice Principal, Paul Fuller, have developed a computer science and tech rotation as an introduction to concepts related to computer science, technology, and innovation.

The rotation consists of four mini-courses; robotics (using Edison Robotics), video production (using WeVideo to produce PSA videos), video game design (using Scratch), and tiger tank (an opportunity for students to pitch product ideas similar to the show Shark Tank). For each course, students will spend 8 one-hour long sessions over several weeks learning, exploring, and creating with the tools of the course. After each course, the students rotate to the next course and by the end of the year, each student should get to experience all four parts of the rotation.

Laurelwood Science Fair STEM

  • Science Fair packets distributed to students by:                                January
  • Student submits Question to classroom teacher no later than:            February 
  • Teacher reviews and returns the Proposal forms no later than:            February 
  • Completed STEM project (including board and notebook) presented to the homeroom class during the school day MARCH 27, 2018 and an evening event at 6:30 PM
  • Students will take their projects home when Science Night is over (or the following day) unless selected for District STEM Fair May 18, 2019.


Families are encouraged to guide their child in creating an experiment based on your child’s interest and question. Please be cautioned that many “experiments” in resource books are often only demonstrations and not full experiments.