In touch with reality
We perceive the natural sciences as a real part of everyday life. Teachers explain to students the processes taking place in their environment and in their bodies. We emphasise the connections between all science subjects and point out the development of human knowledge and the application of the scientific method.
Personal experience is more effective than interpretation. What does practical teaching look like? We involve our hands and real natural objects. Suddenly, during biology, we rush to the store to buy pork kidneys. For many, this is their first experience with this organ as food; in the school lab, students dissect kidneys to understand their structure and function.
All STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) subjects foster students’ curiosity and desire for answers. We encourage students to ask the questions “why” and “how?” and to seek answers.
We have a chemistry and biology laboratory. We use modern measuring instruments such as Vernier and PASCO. We teach as much as possible about nature, using in full the potential of the school garden, taking children to parks and forests, to the Vltava River, or to ponds. Everywhere the pupils observe, explore and let the environment influence them.
We cooperate intensively with the scientific departments of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the University of Science and Technology the Faculty of Science of Charles University, and the University of South Bohemia. We have been a faculty school of the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia since 2010. Many of our teachers are or have been academics and a background in research.
Science-oriented students continue their studies at medical, natural science, veterinary, pharmaceutical, and agricultural faculties or at the University of Science and Technology or other technical schools in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Our teachers and students are part of international projects GLOBE, Erasmus+, and others. Mrs. Lucie Starčevská even took the title of Globe Star of the Czech Republic for us. We cooperate with environmental education centres. Pupils participate in science Olympiads and secondary school vocational activities (SOČ). Mrs. Starčevská is also a member of the national team of the Biology Olympiad and thus participates in the preparation and organization of this prestigious international competition.
We actively seek opportunities for further development and facilitate talented students’ participation in various extra-curricular events, such as the Week with Contemporary Biology, Summer Nano-School, and others.
The head of the subject committee of natural sciences, RNDr. Květa Tůmová, has been awarded the Prize of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic and the Neuron Foundation for her many years of teaching work.
Those interested in ecology and the environment across the school come together in an ecology seminar, where they work in mixed age groups to complete research-led tasks in various international projects.
For science and technology-oriented students, a science and technology elective combines the scientific method, statistics, reasoning, and scientific practice. Its graduates are trained in working with information sources, data visualization, and basic statistical testing using the R-CRAN software.
Contact persons for natural sciences
- RNDr. Květa Tůmová
- RNDr. Danuše Lhotková
- Mgr. Monika Maradová
- Mgr. Petr Mašek
- Mgr. Lucie Starčevská
- Mgr. Zbyněk Šedivý
- RNDr. Pavel Soukup PhD
- Doc. RNDr. Šárka Klementová, CSc.