Early science education is the cornerstone of Feynman School’s academic program because we understand that children are natural-born scientists from the minute they enter the world.  We capitalize on this natural curiosity, guiding and encouraging gifted children to work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems, make and extend meaning, develop and test new ideas, and learn about the world around them.

As a springboard, Feynman School uses a research-based curricular framework developed by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education. Within this framework, teachers design innovative hands-on science investigations and experiments within broad learning themes.   Teachers actively listen to their students’ observations and questions and use this information to incorporate students’ interests into the science themes as well, often giving students the autonomy to design the investigations.

Students are involved in daily hands-on science and use the thought processes and skills of practicing scientists.  As Richard Feynman learned from his father, who was his greatest teacher, our students learn early on “the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”  Our students make hypotheses, conduct and design investigations, collect and analyze data, draw and justify their conclusions and present their research to their “colleagues.”

This journey through science helps students not only become more self-aware and confident, but also fosters within them a sense of social responsibility.

 

“Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”

Richard Feynman