Access to laboratory facilities as part of science education helps students
engage more deeply with the course material and gain a better understanding
of the concepts being taught. Conducting lab experiments and investigations
also helps students build critical thinking skills and apply their lessons
rather than simply memorizing them. At The
Quarry Lane School, we are pleased to offer dedicated science, technology and engineering
labs to students as part of our commitment to STEM education. Here is
a look at some of the ways that school labs help students succeed in their
Allowing students to engage in lab experiments provides an opportunity
for interactive learning. While working in the lab, students must communicate
with their teachers and each other, learn to formulate and test ideas,
and see their lessons come to life. Because students must put the concepts
they learned during lectures into practice when they are doing lab experiments,
it allows them to examine the material in greater detail than they would
if they only had to memorize their notes.
Work with the Tools of the Discipline
An important element of STEM education is to inspire students to pursue
the disciplines of science, engineering and technology. By working in
a lab, students are able to get a hands-on feel for what those fields
are really like. They get to hold the tools of a biologist, geologist,
chemist, or other scientists in their hands and learn the basic practices
of those fields. Doing so helps students better understand the opportunities
that are available to them in these disciplines.
Learn Scientific Processes
Conducting experiments is the best way for students to actually learn
about scientific methods. By developing a hypothesis, testing their ideas
and recording their results, students get to experience the procedures
scientists actually use while developing reasoning and communication skills
that can be applied in all of their classes.
At The Quarry Lane School, our college preparatory school offers challenging
opportunities for students in through our STEM education and
IB Diploma program. This spring, Quarry Lane opened the doors to our Engineering and Technology
wing, which features new science, technology and fabrication laboratories.
We have private school locations in Dublin and Pleasanton for preschool
through high school students. For more information about our curriculum
and enrollment, please call (925) 829-8000.