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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Hydrology 101 (1st/2nd)

Oct. 1, 2018—How much water is there? On Earth, there are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water, which covers 71% of the globe. That may sound like a lot of water, but less than 3% of all this water is freshwater. And of all the freshwater, more than two-thirds is locked up in ice caps...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Games Galore! (1st/2nd)

Oct. 1, 2018—What is fair in game playing? What is not fair in game playing? What criteria might we use to determine if a game is fair or if, we want to play a certain game that seems unfair? What are some likely purposes for wanting to play a game? How can we modify games to make...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Genetic Engineering: The Science of Modified Organisms (5th/6th)

Sep. 27, 2017—Welcome to Genetic Engineering: The Science behind GMOs! Hello parents and students! We had a great first day! We learned all about microbiology and what it means to be a scientist! We went over good bacteria and bad bacteria as well as some crazy ones that can live in temperatures near boiling (extremophiles)!!! We also...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Journey into the Universe: Astronomy 101 (3rd/4th)

Sep. 27, 2017—Today in Planetary Astronomy we set the stage for our future studies! First, we did logistics like introductions and determining classroom guidelines. Then we got into looking at the planets of our Solar System and putting them into categories.  When astronomers think about planets in general, usually they’re thought of as “rocky” or “giant” – today we...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Disease Detectives: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems (3rd/4th)

Sep. 27, 2017—This weekend we accomplished a lot during our first session of Disease Detectives. We dove right into what goes into the mind of a disease detective with the historic 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic. We discussed the influenza virus, what symptoms patients of this infectious disease suffer through, and how to prevent the spread of infectious...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Intro to Programming: Coding 101 (1st/2nd)

Sep. 27, 2017—Dear SAVY Parents, It was my pleasure to meet and work with your child for Intro to Code! Each child brought a different level of knowledge and experience with this subject, however everyone seemed engaged and very excited to learn concepts and achieve new skills. We began our classroom time together with a small group...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Adventures in Algebra (1st/2nd)

Sep. 27, 2017—Happy First Day! The Adventures in Algebra class is digging deep into a unit on algebraic expressions, equations, and variables. As an introductory activity, the students created concept maps about themselves to become familiar with each other. The students were encouraged to use their public speaking skills to share their maps with their peers. They also...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Environmental Explorations: Dig It! (Kindergarten)

Sep. 27, 2017—Dear Parents: It was a pleasure meeting your child on our first day of Fall SAVY. We had a nice time getting to know each other. Our morning began with a discussion of what a scientist is, and how a scientist does his/her job. We talked about how scientists observe, ask lots of questions, make...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Designing Shakespeare

Feb. 28, 2017—Team, Our course draws to a close… We’ll meet for one last session, and then – like an insubstantial pageant faded – we’ll go “Poof!” At the end of our last class I compiled the artwork, renderings, and design plots that you have created over the past five weeks. You’ve amassed an impressive amount of...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Chromatography 101

Feb. 28, 2017—We began this week by reviewing our high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) lab results from last week. The students explained that they were able to identify which water contaminant was which by comparing retention times (the amount of time a compound in the mixture stayed on the column) with that of a standard compound. Then they...

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