Science instruction provides an exciting look into the world and how and why things work (in nature, physically, chemically, etc.) the way they do. Hillel Torah scientists learn through engaging, hands-on, project-based learning. Our science curriculum is aligned to NGSS national science standards, building on itself year after year.
Students in grades 1-4 learn that science is all around them. They look at everyday phenomena in the world and learn the science behind those phenomena through in-class demonstrations and hands-on experimentation to gain an understanding of scientific principles while being encouraged to explore their curiosities and seek answers to better understand the world around them.
Students study science daily in middle school, including physical science, earth and space science, and life science. Science in middle school is inquiry-based, hands-on, collaborative, and student-driven. Based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) students:
- Ask questions and define problems
- Develop and use models
- Plan and carry out investigations
- Analyze and interpret data
- Use mathematics and computational thinking
- Construct explanations and design solutions
- Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information
Partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry
For students at Hillel Torah, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is not just a world-class cultural institution at their fingertips. It’s part of their curriculum.
Since 2016, Hillel Torah has been working in close partnership with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Educational staff from MSI are helping us to bring our science instruction to even greater heights, including a move toward adoption of the newly developed Next Generation Science Standards for middle school.
The museum’s Science Leadership School Partners Program works with K-8 schools in the greater Chicagoland area to integrate a cross-disciplinary approach to science education. As the only Jewish day school in that cohort, Hillel Torah has provided its students with an unparalleled opportunity to enhance their STEM studies.