Welcome to the Science Department

The science program at Nyack Public Schools allows students to be engaged in investigations to develop a greater understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological world around us.  Our science courses provide students with the opportunity to increase their understanding of science in order to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry skills.  

Please click the link below to view our vision of STEM in the Nyack Public Schools for the 21st Century

 Science Curriculum Reform Update 2018 


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Contact Info.

Tracy Potter

Science Department Chair

Grades 6-12

Science Research

High School Curriculum Map

  Science curriculum map (Click here for larger view)






STEMScopes and the Outdoor Science Alliance of Rockland


STEMScopes Elementary Science Curriculum Page Link


       Outdoor Science Alliance of Rockland County

In a concerted effort to create authentic, problem-based learning opportunities in science for our K-5 students, the district has teamed up with The Outdoor Science of Rockland to enhance the already NGSS aligned STEMScopes curriculum. Please see the link for a presentation, which gives a sense of the amazing collaborative work happening in between our schools and the community.

Science Contests and Competitions

EngineerGirl Essay Contest for boys and girls ages 8-15 to solve problems dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. Cash prizes are offered (First-place $500, second-place $250, third-place $100).

Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors Students are invited to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.  For students in grades 5 - 8. The first place winner in each division will receive a $5,000 savings bond, while the runner-up in each division will receive a $2,500 savings bonds respectively. The top 8 semi-finalists who are not chosen as finalists will each receive a $50 gift card.

Toshiba Exploravision ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. The first prize consists of a $10,000 US Savings Bond for each student on the winning team. The second prize consists of a $5,000 US Savings Bond for each student on the winning team.

Young scientists challenge  Discovery Education and 3M are looking for students in grades 5-8 to inspire us with their enthusiasm for science. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and much, much more! To enter, simply send us a video about the science of everyday life.

eCYBERMISSION,sponsored by NSTA and the U.S. Army
Designed to increase student’s experience in STEM-related fields this free competition encourages 6th-9th grade students to use the scientific method/inquiry or engineering design process to solve real-world challenges. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with students on national winning teams receiving $5,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

Google Science Fair
This online science competition is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from anywhere in the world, working alone or in teams. Google is looking for extraordinary ideas, and they are eager to see what youth come up with. This is a great opportunity for teenagers to explore ideas they’re passionate about, learn about science, and maybe produce a world-changing idea.

Neuroscience Research Prize

To identify and reward high school students whose scientific skill and talent indicate potential for scientific contributions in the field of neuroscience.  Four winners will each receive a $1,000 prize. Three winners and their teachers will receive airfare, two nights hotel, $100 per day for expenses (up to two days), and the opportunity to present their work during a scientific poster session at the AAN 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA — the world’s largest gathering of neurologists. One winner and his/her teacher will receive airfare, three nights hotel, a daily per diem (up to three days), and the opportunity to present his/her work at the 2018 Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting.

FIRST Tech Challenge

In this competition, students and their coaches or mentors build robots based on sound engineering principles and design them to battle robots built by other competitors. A kit is provided for those who want to use one. Competitions are held around the country, and awards are given based on robot design, performance, community outreach, and other accomplishments. The winners of these competitions proceed to the competition's World Championship.

Student Work

Student Work