Meteorology- Weather Field Trip

On Friday, May 15th, Ms. Fultz's third graders had a field trip to Channel 10 News Station. They met meteorologist Bobby Deskins, who gave them a tour of the studio. Students toured the station and got to meet a few of the news anchors. Students were able to sit in on a live news broadcast, and they actually made the twelve o'clock news! Some of their favorite things were playing with the green screen and seeing the large satellites in the front of the studio. This was a very exciting and educational field trip for our students and we would like to thank Channel 10 News for giving us this experience.

Academics - Overview

The DAS Focus
Discovery Academy of Science is dedicated to providing students the best chance to succeed as individuals and as citizens of our country and the world.

Our focus is on STEM+R – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math AND Reading (writing is part of the reading effort.) We believe that these are the academic disciplines that will provide students with the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for success in the world of tomorrow.

We work hard to make sure our graduates are prepared for their future. Providing students with the means to achieve at the highest level requires:
• Helping students to learn how to learn
• Using every Best Practice available to supplement and enhance student learning
• Making sure that every student gets the right support at the right time

The mandatory FSA tests – Florida State Assessments – are important, but we believe that our responsibility is to do more than just "teach to the tests." We go far above and beyond in our expectations and our commitment to our students.

In the individual curriculum areas, you will read about the resources we have added to support students:
• SRA Imagine It! – Programming for reading and writing from McGraw-Hill education
• Everyday Mathematics – Math learning resources from the University of Chicago
• Interactive Science – Special resource from Pearson Educational Publishing

We use other online/computerized supplemental learning tools, advanced teaching techniques and empowerment of our teachers to be innovative and creative to ensure our students have the best chance to realize their highest potential.

Fun Supplements
These online programs aid learning with engaging, interactive lessons and activities that take advantage of students' enthusiasm for online games and technology.

Study Island Students can either work through online lessons at their own pace or be guided by their teachers. Students don't memorize answers, they learn topics directly related Florida Core Curriculum and areas covered by FSA testing.

Math Games
Students learn to identify and work on their own math (and reading) capabilities -- strength and weaknesses --throughout the school year. One game, Math Craft, is based on the popular Mine Craft but adds math concepts into the fun. As they progress, students actually make up games of their own.

There is a competitive aspect -- If a student gets a high score on a certain benchmark he or she is considered an expert. There is a cooperative side as well. Other students then know they can go to "the expert" who will help them. Different grade levels work together as well, like third graders with kindergarteners.

Field trips and school visits by "VIP's" also make learning even more fun in areas like Social studies

DAS Science Squad Attends 2015 State Science Olympiad

Discovery Academy of Science - Success at the State Science Olympiad

The Discovery Academy Science (DAS) Olympiad team, with team members from 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, competed in the Florida State Science competition on Saturday, May 9th. As a STEM+R (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Reading) school, DAS is involved in many events and competitions that involve those areas.

The Science Olympiad is a science and engineering-focused nationwide competition. Students contend in academic and engineering topics, called "events." Elementary science Olympiad teams consist are made up of top performing students in 2nd through 5th grades.

In academic year 2013-14, DAS formed a Science Olympiad team (as well as a robotics team) for students in grades K-3. In 2014, the first Science Olympiad state competition team consisted of seven students in 2nd and 3rd grades. Among 42 teams DAS students received 7th place in one competition.

This year, DAS was one of 43 teams from schools in north and central Florida that participated in the state championship round. DAS participated in all 11 events and achieved a promising result, placing 13th overall.

After hard work and coming to school every Saturday to work on their events, DAS students outperformed many contestants from higher grades and received 6th and 7th places in most of their events.

Principal, Emre Akbaba said "I would like to thank all of our coaches and students for their dedication and diligence. After receiving a great initial result, we are now all looking forward to next year's Science Olympiad.
Our goal is to win the state championship in two years."