HCPS Science lately

Fourteen students will be representing Harrisonburg High School at the VA Junior Academy of Science as they present their research in a juried contest.  6th grade students in science are preparing to conduct their Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience - this will be our 15th year of getting every 6th grader to the river to learn about our watershed!


Harrisonburg City Public Schools in partnership with the Virginia Wind Center and Wind for Schools and several local contributors erected a wind turbine at Thomas Harrison Middle School. We had our official dedicaton of the turbine on December 11 2012 and after inspections began generating power on January 6, 2012 You can view historic and live data regarding the turbine's performance at this link.  It is currently awaiting repair and is not functioning.

Scientific Literacy and Inquiry



The purposes of scientific investigation and discovery are to satisfy humankind’s quest for knowledge and understanding and to preserve and enhance the quality of the human experience. Therefore, as a result of science instruction, students will be able to achieve the following objectives:

1.   Develop and use an experimental design in scientific inquiry.

2.   Use the language of science to communicate understanding.

3.   Investigate phenomena using technology.

4.   Apply scientific concepts, skills, and processes to everyday experiences.

5.   Experience the richness and excitement of scientific discovery of the natural world through the collaborative quest for knowledge and understanding.

6.   Make informed decisions regarding contemporary issues, taking into account the following:

  • public policy and legislation;
  • economic costs/benefits;
  • validation from scientific data and the use of scientific reasoning and logic;
  • respect for living things;
  • personal responsibility; and
  • history of scientific discovery.

7.   Develop scientific dispositions and habits of mind including:

  • curiosity;
  • demand for verification;
  • respect for logic and rational thinking;
  • consideration of premises and consequences;
  • respect for historical contributions;
  • attention to accuracy and precision; and
  • patience and persistence.

8.   Develop an understanding of the interrelationship of science with technology, engineering and mathematics.

9.   Explore science-related careers and interests.  (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/science/)

Contacts and Policies

The middle school and high school Science Coordinator for Harrisonburg City Public Schools is:

Mr. Andrew Jackson

(540) 433-2651


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