Lemont, IL (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
Science is a fun and challenging learning opportunity at Everest Academy in Lemont, offering students various occasions for hands-on manipulating, laboratory experiments, and engaging discussions. The Roman Catholic school educates preschool through eighth grade in critical thinking skills, and its science program begins at age three in preschool. “In my classes, the goal is to incite interest, curiosity and wonder in the students, and they’re response is always very enthusiastic,” says Mr. Jon Predny, science teacher at Everest.
The science program in preschool exposes children to the scientific method with natural elements, basic experiments, and simple scientific instruments. A full science curriculum begins in Kindergarten, with the goal of familiarizing students with scientific principles, as well as concepts of earth science, the human body, and physical science. “The students’ favorite experiment this year was making ‘oobleck’ during the unit on solids and liquids,” said Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Joanna DiSabato. The Dr. Seuss-inspired gooey substance is a non-newtonian fluid, and pours like a liquid but is solid to the touch. “The five-year-olds were amazed that they created this slime out of common substances. They had a great time doing it.”
In middle school (grades 5-8), the science topics range from earth science, biology, and chemistry, to life science and physics. The modern science lab at Everest includes lab tables, sinks, and basic equipment for dissections, measurements, and experiments. According to Mr. Predny, the young students dissect, label, and analyze plants, including vegetables, pinecones, and flowers. “The hands-on learning helps the students see what they are learning about and makes science fun and interesting for them.”
Everest Academy holds an annual science fair that is required for middle school students and optional for younger students. This year’s science fair winners, Timmy Lawler of Lemont (1st place) and Joe Colarelli of Lockport (2nd place), both seventh grade students, went on to attend the regional fair. Fourth-grade students Hannah Akroush and Nina Polivka, both from Lemont, participated in the science fair with their project, “Testing the 5-Second Rule.” According to Mr. Predny, the quality of the girls’ research could have competed at the regional science fair had they been old enough.
Students at Everest are challenged to discover scientific learning opportunities outside of school, as well. This year two eighth-grade students, Veronica Kopec of Lemont, and Peter Diamond of Orland Park, were selected to participate in Project Infinite Green. This local after-school program chose about 30 seventh and eighth grade students from Lemont to investigate alternative energy sources. The project study culminated with a trip to Washington D.C. where students presented their energy plans to lawmakers.
Everest Academy is an independent Roman Catholic school in Lemont educating children from preschool through eighth grade. The teachers and staff are dedicated to forming the whole child by providing the highest level of academics, by building strong character, and by preparing generous leaders ready to serve the community. If you would like to learn more about Everest Academy’s approach to education, please contact Heidi Matelich at 630-243-1995 or visit http://www.everestadvantage.org.