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Spring SAVY 2022 – Creative Contraptions for 1st/2nd Grade (Tyson)

Feb. 28, 2022—Dear parents: We had a great day in our Creative Contraptions SAVY class. We begin our morning getting to know each other through with a creativity activity called, “Be the thing”. Students were to imagine that they were as a “Suitcase” and answer thee questions: How do you feel? What are your thoughts? and, What...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Creative Contraptions for 1st/2nd Grade (Byrd)

Feb. 28, 2022—What a great day we had at SAVY for Creative Contraptions!  The emphasis was on work! How can we make work simpler?  How can we get more work done? Can problems in my environment be scientifically solved through invention? What are the characteristics of simple machines that are and can be used in solving problems?...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Psychology 101 for 3rd/4th Grade (Stuckelman)

Feb. 28, 2022—We had a great time on Saturday, February 26th, exploring the wonderful world of Psychology in Psychology 101: Why are the doing that?!. This group of 3rd/4th graders entered class with a passion that was astounding. Each and every one of them clearly wanted to learn about the topic as much as possible during our...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Psychology 101 for 3rd/4th Grade (Granata)

Feb. 28, 2022—Psychology 101: Why are they doing that? – Do we know now? Hi parents and guardians! This is Nicolette, one of the two Psychology 101 instructors this past Saturday. In this blog post, you’ll find my thoughts and reflection on the outstanding day I had the privilege of spending with your students. We began our...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Neuroscience 101 for 5th/6th Grade (Davids)

Feb. 28, 2022—Today in Neuroscience 101, our class started by exercising our observation skills throughout the chemical reaction between sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride, phenol red, and water. We learned a bit about the effects of pH on the brain and observed the pH change in our own reaction. As we explored a variety of physical and digital...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Neuroscience 101 for 5th/6th Grade (Zeiger)

Feb. 28, 2022—What a fun day of neuroscience this past Saturday!  The day started out by getting to know one another and practicing our observation skills.  Students learned how important pH was to neurons and how sodium bicarbonate transporters are used in the brain.  Next, we began to learn about the different parts of the nervous system...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Biology of the Brain for 1st/2nd Grade (Allison)

Feb. 21, 2022—We had a great day in Biology of the Brain! Students learned about how the brain functions as a “control center” for the body. We discussed the nervous system and how it works with other body systems. Students learned about brain lobes and their associated functions. They completed activities that focused on critical thinking, problem...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Dabbling with DNA for 5th/6th Grade (Gilpin)

Feb. 7, 2022—Saturday February 5th, 2022 was an exciting day on Vanderbilt University’s campus. A fantastic group of 5th/6th students came to SAVY Saturday ready to learn about DNA and genetics! The class began with a Get To Know You Game that consisted of students sharing some facts about themselves including things they like to learn in...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Dabbling with DNA for 5th/6th Grade (Schott)

Feb. 7, 2022—The Dabbling with DNA class convened on Saturday February 5th to study DNA and genetics. We started the class with a discussion of variation in us and other species and quantified the differences among us for eye color, ear lobes, tongue rolling, and widow’s peak. We generated bar charts for the different traits and calculated...

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Spring SAVY 2022 – Biology of the Brain for 3rd/4th Grade (Allison)

Feb. 7, 2022—We had a great day in Biology of the Brain! Our study of the brain started small with the study of neurons. Students created a model neuron as they learned the role of the axon, dendrites, myelin sheath, axon terminals, and synapses. Then we studied neurological response to stimuli. Students took on the roles of...

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