Pinacate Science Department We, the science teachers at Pinacate Middle School, work enthusiastically and collaboratively to prepare our students to compete in a global society. Our students are the central focus of our department. The department’s goal is to empower our students to develop: inquiry oriented activities, critical thinking, literacy in scientific language and tools. Mission: To use research based pedagogical methodology and implement hands-on learning utilizing AVID and STEM techniques and strategies. To provide students with a challenging learning environment focused on science, engineering, and mathematics as it relates to science. To inspire joy at the opportunity of achieving discovery, and fostering a culture of innovation.