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Laurie Maier
Science Supervisor
Phone: (732) 650-5200 Ext. 2842




The philosophy of the Edison High School Science Department is to provide a balanced, inquiry-based, interactive, ‘hands-on/minds-on’ science education that implements the national and state science standards and promotes scientific literacy. These standards rest on the premise that science is an active process with inquiry central to learning science.  Therefore, it is the goal of the Edison Public Schools to provide a foundation in science that will serve the learner throughout his/her lifetime. Through participation in performance-based science activities, students develop the skills of observing, questioning, inferring, experimenting, calculating, analyzing and evaluating. These processes expand and enhance a student’s natural curiosity about the world in which they live and enable them to gain knowledge needed to be successful.

When engaging in inquiry, students describe objects and events, ask questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas to others. They identify their assumptions, use critical and logical thinking, and consider alternative explanations. In this way, students actively develop their understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skill’.

(National Science Education Standards, page 2)

Click here to access the Next Generation Science Standards.

The 2021 USA Biology Olympiad student registration is now open!

As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is a three-tier competition that demands the very best of students in biology theoretical and laboratory knowledge. The first tier consists of two rounds of challenging exams. The first exam will be given at school on February 11, 2021 at 4 pm. The exams are rigorous and it is recommended that students have completed Honors Biology and currently enrolled in AP Biology.  

For further information about USABO, please visit the high school's science page or USABO’s website at  https://www.usabo-trc.org/

Students interested in participating must register with USABO by December 11, 2020 as follows:

  1. Go to the USABO website at https://www.usabo-trc.org/

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.  Select 2021 Registration in the Student Registration section on the bottom right

  3. Complete the form and choose your high school.  Edison School District’s High Schools are listed as:

John P Stevens High School - Edison, NJ

Students eligible to participate:

  • High school seniors are eligible provided that they have not enrolled formally in an undergraduate program at a college or university.

  • All interested students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to participate in the USABO.

  • Students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

Remember, to participate every student must register on the USABO's website by December 11th