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Buzwair Science and Engineering Wing

At the forefront of our innovation and design efforts is our dynamic middle school science curriculum and learning spaces where our students learn to think like scientists and engineers.

In 2017 ACS was the first school in Lebanon to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which emphasizes three dimensions of science learning — disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. The ACS middle school science department takes these standards several steps further. Under the leadership of middle school science chair Simon Barakat, himself a trained engineer, science learning takes place in the cutting-edge Buzwair Science and Engineering Wing; coding and robotics is incorporated into the curriculum at all grade levels. Utilizing the NASA Engineering Design Process, students use and apply science concepts to ask questions about a problem, imagine solutions, and then plan, build and test their solutions. 

NASA Engineering Design Process

Translating a theoretical concept into a practical design is one of the highlights of the middle school science program. As Simon Barakat describes it, “We don’t teach our students science. They learn science.” 

There are not typical desk and chair setups in the Buzwair Middle School Science and Engineering Wing. Instead, the wing is broken up into the following collaborative workspaces according to specific functions that align with the NASA Engineering Design Process and 21st century learning approaches and skills: 

  • an open learning space for brainstorming,

  • a planning and design space,

  • a coding and robotics lab,

  • two multi-purpose labs,

  • a prototyping lab,

  • an AV and multimedia room, and

  • a tele-conferencing room so that our students can interact with other science classrooms around the world.

Click here to read how our 6th graders planned, designed, built and tested helmets to protect their chicken eggs!