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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 5- Survive and Thrive (Rising 1st)

July 30, 2017 — Happy Last Day! Today was a very fun day. We would like to thank all the parents who were able to visit our classroom. The students spent a lot of time and effort into designing their habitats. They created some very unique houses. I would like to personally thank you for giving us the opportunity...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Wildlife Ecology (Rising 6th/7th)

July 27, 2017 — It was another wild day in Wildlife Ecology! This morning we learned some information about population dynamics and carrying capacity, using Isle Royale’s moose and wolves as an example. We also looked at how quickly e. coli bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics. Then we went outdoors for an activity simulating the transfer of energy...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Planetary Astronomy (Rising 6th/7th)

July 27, 2017 — Day 4 Planetary Astronomy students looked at actual extrasolar planet data today!  We first talked about the main techniques for finding planets around other stars (NASA website “5 Ways to Find a Planet” or The Planetary Society “How to Search for Exoplanets”) and then we went to the computer lab to actually look at extrasolar...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Industrial Microbiology (Rising 4th/5th)

July 27, 2017 — Hello students and parents! Only one day left! Time flies! The kids have really impressed me today. We played a short review game about industrial microbiology and they aced it! They remembered everything we went over and were able to explain it better then most college students! You should be very proud of them. Today...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Mystery and History (Rising 4th/5th)

July 27, 2017 — Our detective historians have had a full day’s work uncovering mysterious societies of the past! Today we journeyed into early North American Native American societies.  We began by thinking about the different types of evidence societies leave behind.  Then we used our handy list to help us think about the clues left behind by the...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Secrets of the Moli Stone (Rising 2nd/3rd)

July 27, 2017 — Dear Families, Students have been working hard this week to decipher new number systems. We’ve discovered the role that bases play in different number systems, and that not all number systems are place-value systems like ours! All of our hard work payed off today because we finally were able to solve the mystery of the...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Environmental Hydrology (Rising 2nd/3rd)

July 27, 2017 — Hydrology Day 4: How is water treated? After a brief introduction to drinking water treatment, the students had a chance to observe the flocculation process with Harpeth River water. Throughout class we could watch the water slowly become clearer and clearer as the alum clumped the particles together. We also explored the filtration process by...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Beyond the Pyramids (Rising 1st)

July 27, 2017 — Hello SAVY Parents! I can’t believe tomorrow is our final day together in ancient Egypt. Just like any good trip, we don’t want to leave this destination, but we’re leaving plenty of learning undiscovered for other trips. Today we began with at text explaining how the pyramids were built including some of the engineering tools...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 4- Survive and Thrive (Rising 1st)

July 27, 2017 — Happy Fourth Day! Today the students continued to design and create the habitats for their mealworms. They observed their mealworms and documented any noticeable changes. They wrote short blogs and stories about their mealworms to be shared with you tomorrow. They learned that mealworms go through a complete body change (metamorphosis). I was proud to...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Wildlife Ecology (Rising 6th/7th)

July 26, 2017 — We excelled in several different ways in Wildlife Ecology today! This morning we discussed the Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, works in an infected organism. We talked about how the spirochete moves through the circulatory system and how it evades the immune system by producing antigen proteins that “confuse” T-cells. We also discussed exponential growth...

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