Sandburg Center for the Sciences is a unique program emphasizing hands-on, minds-on exploration of science content and processes to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills for preschool through 5th grade students. The Sandburg staff believes that:
during these early years of learning, children’s natural curiosity combined with inquiry-based experiences can motivate a passion for science,
it is our role as educators to keep these passions alive by directly teaching 21st Century skills — information literacy, collaboration, critical thinking, self-direction, and invention — modeling inquiry and collaborative processes, and helping our learners see themselves as influential citizens in their world, and
giving students the opportunity to engage their world as scientists, engineers, and mathematicians through real-world and technology embedded applications that build the foundational skills and processes needed for higher levels of complexity, life-long learning and readiness for the workforce.
In 2005, Littleton Public Schools awarded Carl Sandburg Elementary a large grant to fulfill our vision for the Sandburg Center for the Sciences. This initial funding allowed us to hire a Director of Science and Technology to co-plan, prepare, and co-teach science with each classroom teacher; repurpose common areas in our building for science exploration; purchase supportive technology for staff and students; extend our learning to natural areas such as the nearby creek/pond/field; and partner with local engineers/scientists and other science educators for more authentic learning.
Since 2005, Sandburg Center for the Sciences has shared these resources with elementary schools in the district, providing on-site Starlab presentations, guest teaching for dissections, co-planning for Science Fairs, and supporting robotics programs. Sandburg Center for the Sciences continues to be enthusiastically supported by the Sandburg community--staff, parents, and businesses--both in spirit and in additional staffing/fundraising dollars.
The sciences offer rich opportunities to our world from multiple perspectives, as a connector of disciplines, and solutions to complex issues. Sandburg Center for the Sciences is an investment in our future and a commitment to the success of each student we touch to lead in bold ways in an uncertain world.