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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Spatial Smarts (Grades 3/4)

Oct. 8, 2019—Dear SAVY Parents, Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child at SAVY!  What an action packed day we had this past Saturday as we concluded our spatial reasoning studies with 3D stacks and maps as well as solid projections and slices.  There are so many ways these skills are used in high...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 4 – Witty Wordplay (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 18, 2019—We were on fire for writing today! First we did a Word Ladder to warm up our word play mindset. Then we continued our evaluation of systems by looking for inputs and outputs as well as boundaries found in cafeterias. From our cafeteria system model, we began thinking about where we would be able to...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 27, 2018—This was the last day of Kinematics for Mechanical Design! We moved from analyzing four bar mechanisms to designing them. We learned two position rocker synthesis and two position coupler synthesis. These are two techniques to take desired limit positions of one link in a four bar, and come up with the positions of the...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Science of Emotion (Rising 7th)

Jul. 27, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents, Thank you to everyone who came to our Open House this afternoon! These SAVY scholars have put in a lot of hard work this week, and we hope that they are as proud of their accomplishments as we are! Students spent the morning preparing for and presenting their elevator talks (some of...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)

Jul. 27, 2018—The Open House was a lot of fun watching students doing word ladders with their parents, and showcasing their learning from our week of word play! It was a pleasure to meet parents of our new students, and to talk to parents of returning students. The students and I finished our last ant words (N-Z),...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 26, 2018—We started today with a brief introduction to linkages and used poster board and brads to experiment with four bar linkages. Then we continued to hone our drafting skills, this time with kinematic diagrams of various mechanisms. A kinematic diagram captures the motion of a linkage by representing pins as dots and links as straight...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Science of Emotion (Rising 7th)

Jul. 26, 2018—Hi SAVY Parents, We can’t believe the week is almost over! We started the morning learning about scientific literacy, going over some of the basic rules for reading about science. As you all know, the internet is filled with pseudoscientific articles, articles with eye-catching titles claiming to have bizarre cures for various diseases and disorders....

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 25, 2018—This morning, we practiced analyzing compound gear trains using the number of teeth to determine the overall gear ratio of the gear train. Then we produced a two-view drawing of some compound gears. Next we moved on to designing compound gears. That is, determining the numbers of teeth for the gears in each of two...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Science of Emotion (Rising 7th)

Jul. 25, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents, This morning, students continued to craft their emotion research questions. As a class, students helped each other identify the independent and dependent variables of their classmates’ proposed research questions, determined different ways to measure the variables in their experiments, and came up with ways to increase the internal validities of their experiments....

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 2 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 24, 2018—Today in class, we continued our work on pulley systems. Our next concern was calculating the relative velocities of objects in the system. For example, how does object A appear to be moving to an observer sitting on object B? We came up with a vector equation for objects moving up and down, and then...

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