The science curriculum in the elementary school focuses on an inquiry-based process and fosters collaborative learning. The teacher of science in the Catholic school has the awesome task of leading the student to discover the wonders of creation given by a Provident God and to refocus the direction of life on this earth through respectful investigation, research and application of scientific information. All science should lead to an appreciation of the wisdom of God and calls for the cooperative effort of all humanity in the work of creation for the glory of God and the benefit of future generations.
A sound, basic education in science will enable students to use scientific principles and processes in making personal decisions and in being pro-active in the solution of scientific problems that affect society.
A solid education in science strengthens life skills such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, team cooperation, use of technology, and the value of life-long learning. Good teachers of science create environments where teachers and students work together as active learners. The teaching of science must never be for the purpose of delivering information through text and teacher-centered instruction.
A respect for the sacredness of all life, the pursuit of peace and order in the world, an awareness of the responsibility to be co-creators of life-giving designs and protectors of the environment are primary goals of the teaching of science in the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.