# SAVY Fall 2015 Courses

### Kindergarten | 1st & 2nd Grades | 3rd & 4th Grades | 5th & 6th Grades

#### Kindergarten

The Unseen World of Microorganisms

Why do people get sick? Why does medicine make you feel better? Is there such a thing as good bacteria? In this hands-on and minds-on science course, you will learn the answer to these questions and many others as we investigate the fascinating world of microbiology. Microorganisms come in many shapes and sizes and include bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists and more!  You might not be able to see them, but by the end of this course you will know where to find microorganisms, what your cells look like, and how microorganisms impact your life. Come ready to take on the role of a scientist as you investigate microbiology by conducting experiments and participating in lab work alongside a real microbiologist!

Robotic Engineering

The Math Behind Games

When you flip a coin, does it matter if you started with heads or tails? How important is it to stick to the rules? What is the difference between skill and luck when it comes to playing games? In this exciting course, you will use advanced mathematics to explore the laws of probability and how to determine if a game is fair. As you play a variety of games, you will discover the chances that each player can win, and you will use creative problem solving to change the rules that aren’t fair. With a combination of math skills and logic, we will analyze all types of games and even create our own games to test out in our probability lab!

Pattern Geometry: Tiles & Tessellations

Have you ever wondered how math connects to what you see in nature? Do you ever think about the relationship between art and math? If so, then you have already started your exploration of pattern geometry! In this course, you will continue this investigation as you explore the math associated with tessellations and develop a code for describing patterns. You will learn how patterns of polygons can describe the Fibonacci sequence and also how patterns in a geometric picture can be used to explain arithmetic arrangements or number sequences. As you take on the role of a mathematician you will create your own Escher-esque tessellation and you may even learn to use this creation to explore the relationship to fractions and irrational numbers.  In this course you will realize that math may be the art of numbers but numbers can be used to think about some pretty cool art!

Writing and the Imagination

A good story or poem can make us feel like we’re somewhere else entirely—in another country, another world, or sometimes just inside another person’s head. In this class, we will explore the ways authors help us to imagine different lives and different lands. How do writers create interesting characters, strong stories, and vivid places? Why do certain sentences make us want to cry, while other sentences make us laugh? How does an author turn something imaginary into something that feels real? How can words alone convey smells, sounds, and other senses? While we think about these questions as a class, you will begin to write your own creative pieces. Using your imagination and the techniques we learn in class, you, too, will transport your readers to other places and other minds.