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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 1 – Matter Mysteries for Rising 1st/2nd Grade

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Fall SAVY 2022–The Great Debate for Grades 5 & 6

Oct. 24, 2022—Day 3: Saturday, November 5 Hello families and great debaters! Today we started out our day by preparing our arguments for our final mace/presentation debate. This style debate more closely resembles a persuasive appeal to the audience and the moderators and allows the students a chance to practice their individual skills in persuasive writing and...

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Fall SAVY 2022–Biology of the Body for Grades 5 & 6

Oct. 24, 2022—Day 3: Saturday, November 5 Congratulations to your students on completing the SAVY Biology of the Body Course! Over the past couple of weeks, students have been introduced to numerous different systems including immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological systems. We explored each of these system through the lens of physicians who take care of patients...

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SAVY Fall 2022–The One to Beat for Grades 3 & 4

Oct. 24, 2022—Day 3: Saturday, November 5 On our last day of class, students learned about the largest collection of pennies gathered. They created and graphed the collection data on a line graph, looked for points of intersection, and determined what that indicated. Then, they became record makers themselves and set a goal for their own personal...

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Fall SAVY 2022–Engineering Design for Grades 3 & 4

Oct. 24, 2022—Day 3: Saturday, November 5 Wow! It is hard to believe that the session is over! I am so proud of all the kids accomplished over the course of the last few weeks! They have really grown! Today’s focus was to take all of the information and skills they have learned, and use that to...

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Fall SAVY 2022–Playing With Words for Grades 1 & 2

Oct. 24, 2022—Day 3: November 5 I’m happy I got to meet some of you at the open house this Saturday. Working with your students over the past few weeks as been so rewarding! For our final class, we focused on persuasive writing and analogies. I introduced persuasive writing with the hamburger model of a paragraph. We...

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Fall SAVY 2022–Mathematicians in History for Grades 1 & 2

Oct. 24, 2022—Day 3: Saturday, November 5 Galileo, Fermat, Gauss, and Germain: These are the mathematicians we discovered and discussed on our last morning in our Fall SAVY course, Mathematicians in History: Patterns, Order, and Relationships. These greats and their work ranged from the precise calculations used in scientific experiments to the more “extreme fun and games”...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – Psychology for Rising 7th/8th Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: Hi everyone, Happy last day! I wish I could tell you all about our awesome week together and fantastic final projects at an in-person Open House, but I will do my best to convey it all here! Today we translated our research proposal templates (the ones I described earlier this week) into academic posters –...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – Paleobiology for Rising 7th/8th Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: Wednesday: Happy Hump Day, and welcome to Day 3 of Conservation Paleobiology at SAVY! We started today by applying the method we learned about at the end of the day yesterday (Leaf Margin Analysis) to pictures of fossil leaves in order to work out the average temperature at two time intervals during the Paleocene-Eocene...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – Robotic Engineering for Rising 5th/6th Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: As a community, we discussed time management as not only a life skill but a group skill. We talked about ways to break up big projects and why having clearly defined roles and tasks is important, making sure there are checkpoints along the way, and when to ask for help. We also explored how to...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – The Great Debate for Rising 5th/6th Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: Hello families and great debaters! Today was our final debate entitled The Great Debate: To Vend or Not To Vend. To prepare for this debate, we reviewed the things we’ve learned over the week about key debate strategies, we took notes on the specifics of the roles of each speaker, and began to research...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – Industrial Engineering for Rising 3rd/4th Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: Happy Fabulous Friday! What a fun Friday it was! We all successfully completed our challenge of incorporating a specific simple machine into our factory subsystems designs to help move the load of potatoes from the factory floor to the “loading dock.” We went step-by-step through the Engineering Design Process to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create,...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – The One to Beat for Rising 3rd/4th Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: As we wrapped up the week of learning about various record makers and breakers, students are determined to set their own world records and possibly be placed in the Guinness World Book of Records one day.  They were actively engaged in making goals for themselves for a record they could attempt. They charted and graphed...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – Animal Adaptations for Rising 1st/2nd Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: Dear Parents, What a Fabulous Friday we had! Students worked hard on finishing up their artifacts for our Amazing Animal Adaptation Museums. The exhibits included models of student created creatures, poster presentations showing at least 4 adaptations the animal needed to survive and thrive in its habitat, a fossil imprint, and a story. We had...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 6 – Agricultural Engineering for Rising 1st/2nd Grade

Jul. 25, 2022—Friday: Thank you for allowing your students to spend an amazing week in Agriculture Engineering. The students documented their seeds sprouting and a lot of their caterpillars have moved to the second life stage pupa/chrysalis. Students learned about the Engineering Design Process to learn how Agricultural engineers solve problems. We finished the book Mariana Becomes...

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Summer SAVY 2022/Session 5 – Stellar Astronomy for Rising 7th/8th Grade

Jul. 18, 2022—Friday:  A great final day of Stellar Astronomy! First and foremost, we had to finish designing the research posters we started yesterday to prepare for our afternoon Poster Session. Most students had to work on “de-wordifying” (i.e. make bullet points, not sentences), some on making good font sizes, some on beautifying, some on making good...

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