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Sciences Program

The IDEAS (Inquiry, Design, Environment, Arts, and Sciences) Lab is part of EPSB's Sciences program. It is a grade K to 6 program that provides an environment for in-depth learning focused on 21st century knowledge, skills and attitudes.  Methods informing the IDEAS Lab instruction are ‌project approach‌ and inquiry-based strategies.  Through this approach to learning, competencies such as collaboration, creativity and communication are developed. The IDEAS Lab is grounded in an educational philosophy which is a distinctive feature of the culture and style of instruction:

Children learn best when:

  • teachers are responsive to individual learning needs and interests
  • children are interested in what they learn
  • there are opportunities to learn in depth, building on everyday experience
  • there is provision for active investigation, observation and discussion
  • children's inquiry is guided by their own questions and desires to learn
  • children can interact first hand with people, objects, places and events
  • children can represent their learning in a variety of ways
  • learning is memorable rather than memorized

The IDEAS Lab is organized in combined grade groupings providing many benefits to students including strong opportunities for collaboration and leadership.

We use our version of the 3 R's (Research, Relationships and Representation) as the foundation for promoting learning that is relevant, meaningful, and diverse. To view the FAQ document click here.