Science continues to play an increasingly important role in the lives of all Canadians. From life-saving pharmaceuticals and clean water to information technologies and how we communicate with others, the impact of science on our lives will continue to grow as the twenty-first century unfolds.
As a result, teaching scientific literacy, defined as the possession of scientific knowledge, skills, and habits of mind required to thrive in a science-based world, has become a goal of the Ontario Science curriculum at Burlington Royal Arts Academy. A scientifically literate individual is one who can read and understand current reports about science and technology, critically evaluate the information presented to them, and confidently engage in discussions and decision-making activities regarding issues that involve science and technology.
The goal of BRAA’s science program is to support high-quality learning by combining a broad range of science topics with diverse learning strategies that cater to each student’s individual learning needs. The Science courses offered at BRAA have been designed for many types of students, taking into account their individual interests and post-secondary intentions. Some upper-level courses provide specific preparation for studies in science-related fields, while others offer students a base level science program for those intending to go on to post-secondary education but do not anticipate studying science.
The three goals of the science program follow the Ministry of Education guidelines and include the following;
- To relate science to technology, society, and the environment
- To develop skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific analysis, and
- To understand the basic concepts of science with the overall goal of achieving a high level of scientific literacy while maintaining a wonder about the complexity of the world that surrounds us.