King's Gate Christian School
Science is generally taught from one of two approaches: the humanist approach and the biblical approach.
The non-Christian humanist approach to science discounts any ideas of a Creator and life after this one. The humanist believes this world and this life is all there is. When we die, that’s the end. Therefore, their entire focus is on trying to understand science from their own limited perspective that everything on this earth is purely natural. Nothing created came from a Creator. They believe that in time, and with enough scientific study, all of creation will be defined based on human logic and reason.
The Christian believes the earth and our time on it are temporary and all we see and experience were created by GOD. Definition is impossible because the source is beyond this world. For the Christian, science is not definitive but descriptive and theological.
At King’s Gate, we approach the study of Science from a biblical perspective. We know all things were created by GOD in six days as described in Genesis 1. It’s impossible to know the whole truth outside of the context of a Creator. We spotlight GOD’s hand in all areas of science, bringing a greater understanding of our world.
As with all subjects at King’s Gate, we employ experiential learning in every science lesson at every grade level. Students observe and practice what they’re learning in their science classes while learning about the splendor of GOD in creation. We’re particularly thankful for three main components of our science program: our Wonderground and our state-of-the-art science lab, and the extraordinary Ms. Laurie Gillum and Mr. Jason Hammet!
The Wonderground includes a pollinator garden, a vernal pond, and an observation deck. It’s connected to a wetlands preserve that hosts a variety of species of land and water creatures. We plan to expand our Wonderground to include walking trails, a bird blind, an animal tracking station, and a native prairie habitat. Our students spend science time outdoors whenever the weather permits and observe plant and animal species in all phases of growth. We’re developing citizen scientists, teaching our students how to steward and care for GOD’s creation.
The Science Lab for our elementary and upper school students includes six collaborative work stations equipped with microscopes and Bunsen burners. An emergency eyewash and shower station as well as a fume hood ensure the safety of our students as they explore and experiment with different substances and artifacts. Upper elementary students observe animal dissections while our Upper School students get hands-on experience dissecting a variety of insects and animals.