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Spring SAVY 2020: Day 2 – Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter (5th/6th)

Feb. 18, 2020—We had another fantastic day in the wizarding world! Today, we started out with an icebreaker where students chose their favorite wizarding profession–from dragon trainer to Honeydukes’ candy designer, we had a lot of awesome answers. We briefly reviewed what we learned last week about using critical theories to examine portrayals of race, class, and...

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Spring SAVY 2020: Day 2 – Biochemistry: The Language of Life (5th/6th)

Feb. 18, 2020—We began the second week of the biochemistry course by having a journaling session where students shared to the rest of the class what were their favorite activities from the previous week, as well as one new piece of biochemical information that they learned in the first session. It became clear very quickly that students...

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Spring SAVY 2020: Day 2 – Ancient Civilizations (5th/6th)

Feb. 18, 2020—Today was a busy day and we covered a lot of new material! Following a recap of last Saturday’s class, we opened today with a discussion of ancient technologies. Students discussed with each other the role of necessity in innovation. We looked at Eurasian models for the stone age, bronze age, and iron age and...

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Spring SAVY 2020: Day 1 – Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter (5th/6th)

Feb. 10, 2020—What a great first day in the Harry Potter-verse! It was wonderful to meet our young witches and wizards after much anticipation. We are looking forward to an exciting session with your students. After introductions, we were able to dive into the concept of the influence of Harry Potter in the world around us. Harry Potter...

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Spring SAVY 2020: Day 1 – Biochemistry: The Language of Life (5th/6th)

Feb. 10, 2020—Our focus for this deep dive into biochemistry investigates the body from the macro to the micro level. In our first session on Saturday, we began our study by evaluating the body on a macro level. We learned about the ten different bodily systems and how they are intertwined in their structure and function. The...

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Spring SAVY 2020: Day 1 – Ancient Civilizations (5th/6th)

Feb. 10, 2020—Hello Parents! We were so excited to begin Ancient Civilizations and loved meeting all of our students! Our day began by setting class rules and assessing students’ knowledge of the class topic. I was impressed with how much they already know about ancient civilizations! I am aware that most students have an ancient civilizations component...

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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 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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