Einstein once said, “The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”
Mrs. Stutz once said, “The more I teach science, the more I agree with Einstein.”
Over the past few months, the middle school classes have been delving into the world of physics and chemistry. The sixth grade class began the year with a study of force and motion. They created labs to measure the relationship between the drop heights and bounce heights of balls, they engineered roller coasters capitalizing on their knowledge of potential and gravitational energy, and they experimented with force using inclined planes.
Our 7th and 8th grade classes have been focusing on the smallest building blocks of matter, atoms. They’ve seen that all matter is composed of just 118 elements and that rearranging these elements produces every type of matter that exists. Everything from the toughest steel to the softest cotton is created from combinations of just 118 elements. Tremendous! Even now the students are turning their eyes from the smallest building blocks of life to the vast universe and the countless galaxies that surround them. They’re learning that gravity is able to hold this universe in place and that our universe is carefully ordered so that life on earth can be possible. In the days ahead, students will create models to show the relationship of the sun-moon-earth system and will demonstrate how the forces in our galaxy keep this system in balance.
As the middle school students at NSCS encounter this order and perfection in design, our hope is that they grow in both scientific literacy and in awe and wonder of the God who created it. Such creativity, such beauty, and such perfect balance reflect the beauty and order of our powerful Creator. What a privilege it is to get a glimpse of God through teaching this discipline of science! Truly King David said it best, “The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Let us endeavor today to learn all we can about God’s world, that our vision of Him might be enlarged and that we might share this vision with everyone we encounter.
Jill Stutz has been part of the faculty at the Lynn Campus since 2014. She currently teaches Middle School Science, along with 7th & 8th grade Math.