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CareerStart lessons: Grade seven

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These lessons will help students understand how classroom lessons about mechanical physics, health science, and weather are applicable to future careers.

The lessons address the following questions:

  • Lesson 1: Where can the curriculum you learn in 7th grade science take you in life?
  • Lesson 2: Why is it possible to extract DNA from a strawberry and what can it tell scientists?
  • Lesson 3: How do lung volume and capacity indicate your overall health?
  • Lesson 4: How do bones and muscles work together?
  • Lesson 5: How can people observe and record the weather without using instruments?
  • Lesson 6: How can a skillful design result in a more efficient machine?
  • Lesson 7: How does a catapult use simple machines to work? What simple machines do people use in their careers?
  • Lesson 8: How do officials make the decisions required to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a hurricane?
  • Lesson 9: How can you help your family understand how to prepare for a hurricane and mitigate possible damage?
  • Lesson 10: What colleges and universities in North Carolina can launch you into a career in the sciences?
  • Lessons and relevant careers

    Concept/Lesson Career Activity
    Science careers Various, including CAD operator, climatologist, and counselor Science career interest survey
    Genetics Forensic scientist Strawberry DNA extraction
    Respiration systems Athletic trainer, fitness instructor Lung capacity activity
    Skeletal and muscular systems Radiologist, recreational therapist Bones and muscles activity
    Weather variables Meteorologist Weather observation activity
    Speed NASCAR careers, mechanical engineer Car-racing activity
    Simple machines Aviation, military, construction Catapult-building activity
    Hurricane watch/warning Politician, fire chief, city planner Emergency town meeting activity
    Hurricane strength/forces Home construction, engineer Model design and construction activity
    College science degrees Various, including zoologist, therapist, electrician College research activity