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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Strength and Structure of Engineering Materials (Grades 5/6)

Oct. 8, 2019—I can’t believe we’re done already! Three Saturdays went by quickly. This past weekend we learned about macroscopic and microscopic failure surfaces.  Essentially, how we can look at a broken part and determine the type of failure. The three types of failure we focused on were ductile, brittle, and fatigue failure.  There are different macroscopic...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Spies and Conspiracies (Grades 5/6)

Oct. 8, 2019—Our historians really had some exciting travels through the 1780s these last few weeks. Thank you for sharing such creative and sharp minds with me!  If they are interested in looking at more at the sources we used in class two Saturdays ago, they are both open access and available at: https://full-english-books.net/english-books/full-book-an-artist-in-treason-the-extraordinary-double-life-of-general-james-wilkinson-read-online-chapter-7 and https://etd.library.vanderbilt.edu/available/etd-07162014-131340/unrestricted/Kolb.pdf. We kicked off our...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Robotic Engineering (Grades 5/6)

Oct. 8, 2019—We wrapped up our fall session this past Saturday in Robotic Engineering by building a carousel with the EV3 Mindstorm. The students learned about shafts, gears, and the touch sensor options in Mindstorm. After they successfully built their carousel, the students programmed it to spin and turn on and off with a touch sensor. Then...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Psychology in Action (Grades 3/4)

Oct. 8, 2019—Hello parents, While I was very sad that this was our last week together, I was also very proud to see our researchers present their work during the poster session! As you already know, our researchers created and presented individual posters during our open-house poster session. Our class spent hours working to gather the content...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Measurement Matters (Grades 1/2)

Oct. 8, 2019—Hello SAVY parents! I can’t believe how fast the Fall session has come to an end. The last day was one filled with lots of learning. We began the class by reviewing the meaning of term perimeter. Students were able to use mathematical language learned in the previous class meeting to describe the term and...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 2 – Strength and Structure of Engineering Materials (Grades 5/6)

Sep. 30, 2019—This Saturday was our day of failure! We covered two types of sudden catastrophic failures.  The first failure type we covered was buckling. Buckling strength is affected by many things, not just the material selected. To explore buckling strength, we got into groups and made beams with different heights, cross sectional shapes, and materials.  Ask...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 2 – Spies and Conspiracies (Grades 5/6)

Sep. 30, 2019—What a great day!  Our detective historians brought their A-game to today’s challenging conspiracies.  Today, we explored Conspiracies in the Era of Confederation, basically the 1780s.  We started with a little bit of music from Hamilton to remind us of last week, “Yorktown,” and then turned to “What Comes Next” to ask our leading question and...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 2 – Robotic Engineering (Grades 5/6)

Sep. 30, 2019—Today was a busy, but productive day in Robotic Engineering! We started the day with activity called “Build What I Can’t See.” Each team had one person who could see the drawing and a runner. The runner would describe to his/her team what to draw without telling them what they were drawing. It was a...

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