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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Designing Shakespeare

February 14, 2017 — I’m sorry that I couldn’t be with you for long on Saturday, but I’m so glad that you were able to meet and work with my friend, Nettie Kraft. I circled back with Nettie later in the day, and she told me that she found your ideas impressive, your creativity formidable, and your interpretations of...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Chromatography 101

February 14, 2017 — This week in Chromatography 101, I asked the students to consider how they would alter the chromatographic techniques we have learned thus far (specifically thin layer chromatography) if they were interested in collecting the isolated components of a mixture instead of just visualizing them. Answers included performing thin layer chromatography and then removing a desired...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Intro to Journalism

February 14, 2017 — This week, SAVY Journalism students moved from writing news stories to writing feature stories. While the main goal of news stories is to inform, feature stories seek to inform and entertain or give further context to an issue. Our class focused on a very common form of feature journalism – the profile. Students started the...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Hydrology 101: The World of Water

February 14, 2017 — Who dirtied the Cumberland River? Well, today we learned that due to non-point source pollution, the answer may be you and me. Taking on roles of various stakeholders, the students explored how different land uses are associated with waterway pollution. Sediment, nutrients, toxic chemicals, pathogens, litter, and thermal pollution all made their way into our...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- No Quick Fix

February 14, 2017 — This past week, we focused our class on the immune system and how this system works to keep us healthy. After an ice breaker diagramming out the basically inputs, outputs, and components of the immune system, we played a recent app Bacteria Combat, which was created by Glasgow University microbiologist Carla Brown. This app was...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Writing and Reflection

February 14, 2017 — In this week’s Writing and Reflection, we first played a game to see if we remembered each other’s names and reviewed the meaning of “cliché.” We discussed how and why we should work to avoid clichés in our poems and stories, examining the writers we have read in class and discussing why and how they...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Robotic Programming

February 14, 2017 — Greetings! Today was so incredibly fantastic!  We started by talking about strategies that you can use when you get frustrated, because they are all hitting levels in programming that are challenging (which is GREAT and means we are doing our job to challenge them!) and how important it is to stick with something, but to...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Awesome Algebra

February 14, 2017 — Our class was moved to the Hobbs building today, and the students did a wonderful job adjusting to our new environment. We appreciate your diligence in continuing to bring them awake and alert, ready to learn each Saturday. Thank you also for continuing to send peanut-free snacks that are safe for everyone in our classroom...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Science of the Sea: Diving into Marine Biology

February 14, 2017 — Today in Marine Biology we learned some chemistry, especially chemistry of the ocean. We first completed a quick background in matter and atoms. We then investigated how these atoms formed charges which lead to ionic bonds. Some molecules that form ionic bonds are salts, but not just the table salt we normally think of. Salts...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Environmental Explorations: Dig It!

February 14, 2017 — Dear Parents: We had a wonderful lab-filled morning this Saturday! Our day begin with a review of natural resources, and those that are renewable and non-renewable. We also reviewed energy sources (wind, solar, water, nuclear, etc.) Then I read a fun book called Ada Twist Scientist, and we reviewed the characteristics of a scientist. From...

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