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NC Research Center - Kannapolis, NC
As outlined by the North Carolina Course Standards for Science, we will be studying three main areas of science:  Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science.  Each of these areas/disciplines will be broken down into common strands so that every student will become aware of important scientific issues, a life-long activist for scientific purposes, or possibly, select a career in a scientific field.  With the recently opened Biotechnology Center in Kannapolis, what better time is there to acquire a love for science!

In teaching science, our aim is to provide lots of hands-on opportunities, as well as incorporating as much use of technology as allowable.  Many of the concepts we discuss should sound familiar, as we will be building from that prior knowledge.  We would love for each student to leave 6th grade with a passion towards learning more about science specifically.  While we understand that is not going to happen across the board, each child should enter middle school possessing the appropriate skills needed to aid in questioning, researching, thinking for oneself, and problem solving.  In order to achieve this, the year will be comprised of varying objectives. These objectives include (but are not limited to) being able to:

                    - Find or determine answers to questions derived from everyday experiences
                    - Describe, predict, and explain natural phenomena
                    - Understand articles about science
                    - Engage in conversation about the validity and possibility of certain conclusions
                    - Identify scientific issues relevant to local, national, and world groups
                    - Pose explanations based on one's own scientific work and discovery

** Adapted from the NC Department of Education, which can be found at: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/science/