Vision: All students realize that Science and Engineering aren't finished yet, and they see themselves as scientists for whom there are real problems to solve.
Mission: To effect systemic and systematic change in Portland Public School’s science and engineering education through research-based, iterative, design-cycles focused on teaching students, supporting teachers, and engaging the community.
Why is science education important? As children grow up in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advanced world, they need to be scientifically literate to succeed. We are surrounded by technology and the products of science every day. Public policy decisions that affect every aspect of our lives are based in scientific evidence. The immensely complex natural world surrounds us. Science is everywhere. Outside the window, trees turn sunlight into stored energy and create the oxygen we need to survive. Water from glaciers on top of Mt Hood melt and create rivers that flow to the sea. The smartphone in the student’s hand is a miracle of modern computer engineering and wave technology. PPS Science connects students to the science of the world around them by having students explain phenomena that they can see and observe. Science teaches children how to think, learn, solve problems and make informed decisions. These skills are integral to every aspect of a student’s education and life, from school to career.