Summer SAVY 2022/Session 2 – Intro to Chemical Engineering for Rising 1st/2nd Grade
Friday: Wow! Today was my last day working with your fantastic SAVY scholar! I have enjoyed working with your child and could not have asked for a better group of students.
Thursday: We’ve had four fantastic days of learning! As an educator, you always want your lessons to go perfect because of the time spent prepping and planning. Today, I had to admit to the students that I had a brick brain and not a bubble gum brain, and it was vital for me to change my thinking and problem solve through the class challenges. One challenge was I needed more time to finish a lesson, so I had to be flexible with my thinking. The students laughed at the thought of me, their SAVY instructor, having a brick brain!
Nevertheless, your young scholars showed why they are part of the SAVY! We’re reading a story titled “Michelle’s MVP Award,” and the main character is a young Canadian girl with Down syndrome. She also loves art, and she wants to become an expert in creating a process for high-quality play dough. We talked briefly about the disability, but the students challenged me by wanting to know more so they could better understand the character. I was impressed with their inquiry!
To close out the day, the students participated in a lab experience where they had to examine the three materials used to make low-quality play dough so we could design a process for high-quality play dough and try the play dough challenge!
Wednesday: Today was another wonderful day of learning! The students conducted two lab tests as chemical engineers. They had to determine the properties of high-quality and low-quality play dough.
Tuesday: Today was another fantastic day of learning! The day started with another Brain Challenge using tangrams. We moved on to learn more about the engineering career by discussing technology, a system, and a process. Students were able to apply these terms to their everyday lives.
Monday: Today was a great learning day for your young SAVY scholar! We started the day with a Brain Challenge, and the students were eager to show what they knew – perseverance was key! The students created symbols on a puzzle piece representing their likes, hobbies, and interests. As a class, we learned much about each other, which is essential in building classroom culture and climate.
After we got to know each other, we laid a foundation by discussing the differences between BubbleGum Brain & Brick Brain. I hope you hear your child applying the strategies of having a bubblegum brain when faced with a challenge!
Finally, we stretched our amazing brains by brainstorming about technology, thinking deeply about what technology is and who designs it. Your budding engineer gained a deeper understanding and awareness of technology and are ready to dive deeper into thinking and working like a chemical engineer this week. Today was a fantastic day, and I am so excited to work with your young scholar.