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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 3, Day 1 – Science and Ethics of Gene Editing (Rising 7th)

Jul. 22, 2019—Today we learned about molecular biology, the Central Dogma, and different methods of genome editing. Most importantly, we learned about CRISPR-Cas9, which is the most widely used method of genome editing in science. We began the process of modifying non-pathogenic E. coli bacteria to be resistant to a specific antibiotic. Will we be able to successfully...

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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 3, Day 1 – Behavioral Economics (Rising 7th)

Jul. 22, 2019—Happy first day of SAVY! The class got off to a great start today as we introduced the basic principles in game theory. We defined games as far as the context of our class is concerned and consider game theory as the study of strategy. We practiced studying games by looking at the classical example...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – The Power of Poetry (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 22, 2019—Hello parents! It’s been a wonderful start to our week, as we begin to understand and practice the power of poetry. We started off today’s class by getting to know each other with an icebreaker, “Two Truths And A Lie” (our class is well traveled, but they might be too good at crafting lies…) Students...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – The Great Debate (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 22, 2019—Today was our first day for The Great Debate! We began our day looking at commercials and analyzing the message and intended audience. It was so exciting to see the students understand the motivations of the advertisers and grasp the deeper meaning of the intended message. We followed up our advertisement analysis with an introduction...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – Biology of the Brain (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 22, 2019—Today was a full first day in our Biology of the Brain classroom! We have 16 very motivated students who came to PTY excited to learn, discuss, and discover more about the brain—we’re lucky, because this is exactly what makes an excellent classroom environment! We began the day with introductions and an opportunity for each...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – Artistic Programming (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 22, 2019—We had a great day at Artistic Programming! We began the day by getting to know our community of learners and setting expectations for the week. During our pre-test, many students said they had never coded before. We learned that coding is a way to speak to a computer to make it do what you...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – Matter Mysteries (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 22, 2019—Hello SAVY parents!  I’m very excited for our first session of Mystery Matters here at summer SAVY. In this course the students utilize a hands-on approach that will allow them to build their knowledge base and their skills as they explore science topics through play and planned investigations.  Students are engaged in creative and critical...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – Games Galore (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 22, 2019—What is power? Who holds power? Is power good or bad? How does power relate to game playing? We looked at beginning to evaluate each of these questions and more. Our universal concept this week as power as it related to fairness. We decided that power is the person who is in charge, and is...

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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 5 – Strength and Structure of Engineering Materials (Rising 7th)

Jul. 19, 2019—I can’t believe the week is already over! We had a great time this week learning about materials science, structures, and engineering ethics.  Everyone did an excellent job this entire week and it showed in the high quality of the final projects. One of the final things we learned about today was shape memory alloys. ...

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