Seventh graders explore the human being through the internal structures that support its health and well being. Major body systems include the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems, as well as the skin and urinary systems. This seminar culminates in an overview of the reproductive system and the cultural and physical transition from childhood to adulthood, which leads to the Coming-of-Age Pilgrimage.
Students are introduced to inorganic chemistry and the properties of earth, air, fire, and water. Major topics include combustion and the water cycle, the qualities of acids and bases, and the lime cycle.
The seventh grade physics seminar touches upon the areas of acoustics, electricity, the five simple machines, and light. Through playing, listening and measuring, students rediscover Pythagoras’ mathematical relationships between string lengths and intervals. Students learn of Galvani and Volta, as well as other famous inventors, and probe the mysteries of light in their experience of the camera obscura. This unit coincides with a class trip to Glen Brook, where they further their study of mechanics.