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SAVY Spring 2022 Courses

This spring, SAVY will be offered as one day, intensive experiences. Students may apply for one or more Saturdays.

Many of our courses for Spring 2022 are currently full. Please contact our office at 615-322-8261 or savy.pty@vanderbilt.edu if you have questions about current availability.

January 22

Kindergarten1st/2nd Grade3rd/4th Grade5th/6th Grade
Forces in Motion
Creative Contraptions Psychology 101Neuroscience 101

Choose a grade level below to view the course description.

Kindergarten

Forces in Motion: Playing Around with Physics

From pushes and pulls to accelerations and collisions, physics is at work when we are at play. In this Saturday experience, we will investigate the how force and motion are involved in making our favorite toys and games so much fun! Did you know that there are laws of motion that help make our games and toy move in predictable ways? Are you curious how toys work? Are you interested in designing your own toys and games? If you answered yes to these questions, then this experience is for you! Come ready to learn as we play around with physics!

1st/2nd Grade

Creative Contraptions

Do you have chores to do at home? Do you want to make your work easier? Perhaps you want to become the world’s next inventor. Maybe you have heard the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” What does that mean? How do you come up with good ideas and move past the brainstorming stage to apply these ideas to the creation process? In this class, we will conduct investigations to learn more about simple and compound machines and how these machines can make work easier. We will learn about famous inventors, their lives, and how they came up with ideas for their creations. Then, it’s your turn! You’ll have the opportunity to apply what you have learned to design, create, and test your own invention that solves a problem or makes your life or work easier. Who knows, you may be the next Shark Tank sensation!

*Experience adapted from an evidence-supported curriculum, Invitation to Invent, from the College of William and Mary.

3rd/4th Grade

Psychology 101: Why are they doing that?!

Want to know why people do what they do? Ever wonder if there is a way to figure it out? In this Saturday experience, you will learn how to do just that! Science class isn’t the only place for experiments. Just as you would measure a chemical reaction, human behavior can also be measured and tested. Taking on the role of a team of research scientists, you and your classmates will learn about and use different scientific methods to investigate why people act and think the way they do. You will explore how psychologists measure things that they cannot see — how someone feels or what they think. By the end of this day-long experience, you will know how to think like a researcher!

5th/6th Grade

Neuroscience 101

Do you ever wonder how your brain learns and stores information? So do neuroscientists! In this one-day experience, we will introduce you to the science of the most marvelous and mystifying component of the human body — the brain. We will explore how the brain works and interacts with other body systems to support life and then apply our new understanding of the brain to learn about research in the exciting, fast growing field of neuroscience! Come ready to engage, think critically, and contribute to science in this collaborative, hands-on experience. You will really have to put your brain to work in this experience!

February 5

Kindergarten1st/2nd Grade3rd/4th Grade5th/6th Grade
Illuminating Science
Forensic Science Biology of the BrainDabbling with DNA

Choose a grade level below to view the course description.

Kindergarten

Illuminating Science

What do the sun, a flashlight, and a lamp all have in common? They all produce light! But how is light made? What exactly makes light brighten up a space or make bedtime less scary? There is science at work! In this class, we will explore how light is created. We will use flashlights and other light sources as we experiment to determine how light interacts with objects. We will also investigate how light affects what we see and how we see it. We will then apply this knowledge to understand how light is used to produce art, where we will end the Saturday experience creating shadow puppets!

1st/2nd Grade

Forensic Science

We have a mystery on our hands, and we need your help to solve it! Someone has stolen a very important tool from our classroom, but we don’t know who. Where do we start to solve this mystery? How would a detective in the field approach the case? What information can we gather from the scene, and how do we analyze and extract meaning from it? Using the scientific method as our guide, we will develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, and analyze information to figure out the case of the missing microscope. Together, we will take on the role of biologists, chemists, and researchers as we practice different techniques, such as DNA extraction, chromatography, and fingerprint analysis, to solve tricky cases. After collecting and studying evidence, we will make predictions about what we think happened and debate our ideas to come to a final conclusion. Will you crack the case?

3rd/4th Grade

Biology of the Brain        

Your brain is the most powerful organ in your body. It helps control your breathing, your feelings, and even your body temperature. Have you ever wondered how this giant bundle of nerves works? How are we able to remember some things but not remember others? What microscopic events happen in your brain when you see something familiar or hear your favorite song? In this day-long experience, we will take an in-depth look at the biology of your brain and discuss how your brain influences other systems in your body. We will learn about the important neurotransmitters in your brain and how they contribute to your emotions, learning, and overall health. If you’ve ever wondered about how and why you are able to wonder at all, then you are ready to join us as we explore the biology of the brain!

5th/6th Grade

Dabbling with DNA

Have you ever wondered why you look or act a certain way? Have you considered questions like —Why do I have blue eyes, but my mom and dad have brown eyes? Why am I left-handed? Why do all of my siblings have red hair? If you find yourself asking these types of questions, then you are already thinking about genetics. We will answer these questions and more in this one-day science experience that introduces you to the cells in your body and how a special molecule called DNA plays a role in making you unique! You will spend the day learning the basics of Mendelian genetics, exploring the double helix, and investigating natural selection. Understanding genetics will allow you to better understand yourself and the world around you!

February 19

Kindergarten1st/2nd Grade3rd/4th Grade5th/6th Grade
Forensic Science
Biology of the Brain Dabbling with DNAPsychology 101

Choose a grade level below to view the course description.

Kindergarten

Forensic Science

We have a mystery on our hands, and we need your help to solve it! Someone has stolen a very important tool from our classroom, but we don’t know who. Where do we start to solve this mystery? How would a detective in the field approach the case? What information can we gather from the scene, and how do we analyze and extract meaning from it? Using the scientific method as our guide, we will develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, and analyze information to figure out the case of the missing microscope. Together, we will take on the role of biologists, chemists, and researchers as we practice different techniques, such as DNA extraction, chromatography, and fingerprint analysis, to solve tricky cases. After collecting and studying evidence, we will make predictions about what we think happened and debate our ideas to come to a final conclusion. Will you crack the case?

1st/2nd Grade

Biology of the Brain

Your brain is the most powerful organ in your body. It helps control your breathing, your feelings, and even your body temperature. Have you ever wondered how this giant bundle of nerves works? How are we able to remember some things but not remember others? What microscopic events happen in your brain when you see something familiar or hear your favorite song? In this day-long experience, we will take an in-depth look at the biology of your brain and discuss how your brain influences other systems in your body. We will learn about the important neurotransmitters in your brain and how they contribute to your emotions, learning, and overall health. If you’ve ever wondered about how and why you are able to wonder at all, then you are ready to join us as we explore the biology of the brain!

3rd/4th Grade

Dabbling with DNA       

Have you ever wondered why you look or act a certain way? Have you considered questions like —Why do I have blue eyes, but my mom and dad have brown eyes? Why am I left-handed? Why do all of my siblings have red hair? If you find yourself asking these types of questions, then you are already thinking about genetics. We will answer these questions and more in this one-day science experience that introduces you to the cells in your body and how a special molecule called DNA plays a role in making you unique! You will spend the day learning the basics of Mendelian genetics, exploring the double helix, and investigating natural selection. Understanding genetics will allow you to better understand yourself and the world around you.

5th/6th Grade

Psychology 101: Why are they doing that?!

Want to know why people do what they do? Ever wonder if there is a way to figure it out? In this Saturday experience, you will learn how to do just that! Science class isn’t the only place for experiments. Just as you would measure a chemical reaction, human behavior can also be measured and tested. Taking on the role of a team of research scientists, you and your classmates will learn about and use different scientific methods to investigate why people act and think the way they do. You will explore how psychologists measure things that they cannot see — how someone feels or what they think. By the end of this day-long experience, you will know how to think like a researcher!