A long-standing tradition of the seventh grade program is the study of Seeds of Change—the examination of scientific advancements that, when introduced, drastically altered the course of history and that will continue to affect us in the future. The Seeds of Change unit also serves as an integration of multiple fields of study, this year being a collaboration between science and language arts.
The seeds this year were food, water, modern medicine and disease, technology and its effects on health, and design and technology of sports shoes and apparel.
Students homed in on numerous topics and presented them with visuals, activities, and essential information. Some projects took the form of a display, while others were more interactive, such as Maddie O.’s social media trivia game. “I thought about fun ways for people to engage in a way that was interactive so I didn’t have to do all of the speaking, and then I added infographics to include more information,” Maddie shared.
Each seed of change had a particular focus, for instance the study of food and water centered on access to clean water and the issue of microplastics infiltrating humans by way of seafood. For modern medicine and disease, the focus was on cancer and how it’s identified. The study of technology and its effects on health focused on screen time for school-aged children; and the design and technology of sports shoes and apparel, on such questions as whether today’s athletes are better than those of the the past.
Seventh grade science teacher Rochelle Duncan reflected, “Students, in choosing the area of study that most interested them, were able to demonstrate what they learned in a powerfully creative way.”