The goal of the Lincoln Public Schools science program is to help all students develop an understanding of the natural world and how humans utilize and impact the environment. The curriculum is based on the Nebraska State Science Standards and the National Science Standards. The program stresses hands-on activities to develop inquiry and thinking skills, as well as science process skills. The program is structured to help students realize that science is part of every day life and affects all individuals.
The four themes studied in elementary schools are living things, the physical world, space/earth, and STS (science, technology, and society)/environment. Students experiment and do hands-on-activities to learn to value curiosity, openness, inquiry, and critical thinking skills in science as a part of every day living.
The middle school science curriculum focuses on topics from life science, physical science, space/earth science, and STS (science, technology, and society)/environment. Some of the specific units include cells and heredity, electricity and magnetism, weather, astronomy, and the environment. The science curriculum helps students explore science questions and discover how science is meaningful to their lives.
The high school science curriculum focuses on higher-level problem solving skills. Environmental issues, daily applications, and connections to other fields are stressed. Core courses include geoscience, physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Electives vary from school to school and may include anatomy/physiology, environmental studies, forensic science, and zoology. In order to graduate from high school in 2014-15, three-years of high school science will be required that includes one course in life science, earth science, and physical science.