Science works through a variety of approaches to produce explanations to many complex questions about our world, but all sciences rely upon data from thorough and reliable observations and e xperiments using inductive or deductive reasoning. In support of these foundations, science courses in the STEM Academy emphasize and ensure that students are well versed in the scientific method. Courses will offer students experience in applying scient ific principles to solve realistic problems where they learn to design and implement experiments, analyze and critique data, draw conclusions, and communicate results. The science courses also provide students with the opportunity to evaluate the moral, e thical, social, economic, and environmental implications of using science and technology.Further, all courses and levels are steeped in inquiry and project based instruction, and require students to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science a nd the natural world, to develop skills of scientific inquiry to design and carry out scientific investigations, evaluate scientific evidence, to draw conclusions and to communicate scientific ideas, arguments and practical experiences accurately in a vari ety of ways that include verbal and written modes. Students will also have the opportunity to think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions in scientific and other contexts. All students embark upon p rojects that involve the introduction and development of science - based research and writing as a core requirement and, in some courses, culminate in a formal science based research paper.