Female high school student working on a robotics project.


Sara McGraw

Elementary STEM Instructional Supervisor

Amanda Powers

Secondary Science and STEM Initiatives Instructional Supervisor

Science is the ongoing study of natural phenomena in order to explain the living and nonliving world around us. Science education includes the practice of science and engineering skills and the understanding of the foundational concepts of scientific domains. The interdisciplinary study of chemical, physical, and life sciences integrates experiences from fields like mathematics and statistics; history, geography, and politics; sociology and culture; and technology.

The City School District of Albany's science curriculum provides a combination of hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning that supports both literacy and critical-thinking skills for all students beginning in prekindergarten. Throughout science studies at all levels, students engage in the process of science: questioning, investigating, and collecting and analyzing data. Students from elementary school through Albany High School also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of science- and technology-themed clubs and after-school activities, including award-winning robotics clubs.

Science, technology, engineering, and math comprise a distinct area of modern study known as STEM, in which learners are involved in multidimensional activities in order to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow’s world. STEM is also the theme of one of the district's three elementary magnet schools, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST).