North Carolina State Standards
- Shared Competency Goals, Grades 6-8
The Middle Grades chapter of North Carolina's Science
Standard Course of Study describes Competency Goals,
some of which apply to all grades and others that are
grade specific. The first two Competency Goals are the
same for all grade 6-8 science students in North Carolina.
Competency Goal 1 has to do with scientific inquiry
and the Competency Goal 2 deals with technological design.
You should also look over the Competency Goals for the
specific grade of science that you teach as you plan
how to use design activities during your teaching year.
The Learning By Design curriculum shows how closely
connected scientific inquiry can be to design. Compare
the LBD Cycle
and the Generic Design Cycle
to the following description of process skills related
to Scientific Inquiry (p. 84) and Technological Design
1.01 Identify and create questions
and hypotheses that can be answered through scientific
1.02 Develop appropriate experimental
procedures for given and student questions.
1.03 Apply safety procedures in the
laboratory and in field studies.
1.04 Analyze variables in scientific
investigations (independent/dependent, use of controls,
and describe relationships).
1.05 Analyze evidence to explain observations,
make predictions and link evidence with explanations.
1.06 Use math to gather, organize
and present quantitative data (includes measurements,
graphs and models).
1.07 Prepare models and computer
1.08 Use oral and written language
2.01 Explore evidence that "technology"
has many definitions (artifact, technique, or system)
2.02 Use information to identify scientific
or human need, or locate resources to test ideas
2.03 Evaluate technological
designs for use of science ideas, risks/benefits, constraints
and consistent testing
2.04 Apply tenets of technological
design to make informed consumer decisions (products,