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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 5, Day 4) – A Walk Under the Stars: Astronomy and Astrophysics

July 28, 2016 — On our second to last day of Astrophysics, we explored the ways in which astronomers use star light to discover some really interesting things about distant objects! First we took a look at two ways astronomers use a distant star’s light to determine that a planet is orbiting around it. Because we can’t see planets...

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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 5, Day 4) – More Data, More Problems: Tackling Genetic Epidemiology

July 28, 2016 — Hello Students and Parents! It’s hard to believe that today was day 4 and we only have one more day of Genetic Epidemiology! Today we focused on learning about regression analyses and how to conduct these in R. We analyzed a sample dataset in order to determine if the waiting time between eruptions and the...

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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 5, Day 4) – Culinary Chemistry (Dr. Lapointe)

July 28, 2016 — Day 4 in Culinary Chemistry II was all about two more macromolecules in our food: DNA and enzymes. The students extracted DNA from strawberries and got to take it home in a necklace. (Ask them why we used strawberries to extract DNA). We learned about the enzyme catalase which is found in many fruits and...

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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 5, Day 4) – Culinary Chemistry (Ms. Droege)

July 28, 2016 — We switched it around today and started with a lab in the morning. We were looking at the process of blanching and trying to determine what temperature would cause the enzyme, catalase, to denature. This was completed by slowing heating potato extract and then testing its reaction. While the data varied it looks like it...

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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 5, Day 4) – Hydrology: The World of Water

July 28, 2016 — Following yesterday’s discussion of water pollutant problems, the students discussed best management practices that help mitigate runoff problems. The students adapted their city landscape to incorporate these solutions. Each group presented and defended their city plan in front of the class.  Due to rain and other logistical issues, our lab field trip has been postponed until tomorrow.   This...

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Summer SAVY 2015 (Session 4, Day 9) – Charting Your Hero’s Journey (Rising 2nd/3rd)

July 16, 2015 — Today we added the special effects to our movies to make sure we got the mood of our Beowulf scenes just right. We finally viewed our finished films, and we look forward to sharing them with families tomorrow! We also interviewed each other about our own personal journeys to get our minds ready to compose...

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Summer SAVY 2015 (Week 3, Day 4) – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 4th/5th)

June 25, 2015 — I was so impressed with the students’ work on the Pirate Problem this morning! This is a problem that my (much!) older students often struggle with, and this class just tackled the issues head on and found a solution. As I have said many times, the answer to the original problem often just raises more...

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Summer SAVY 2015 (Week 3, Day 4) – Dive into Design (Rising 1st)

June 25, 2015 — Hi parents. It is hard to believe the week is almost over! Tomorrow is Open House in our classroom from 11:15-11:45am. You can arrive anytime during our Open House. We are located in Murray, 3rd floor. Your young mathematicians are very excited to show you samples of their work and discovery this week! Grandparents, siblings,...

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The Magic of Magical Realism

April 15, 2015 — “What is it like to live in a world where the ordinary transforms into the magical? Come explore the works of Isabel Allende and Nobel Prize-winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and find out! Enter worlds where nature has gone mad, death is conquered, beauty is redefined, and time has no meaning. Leave normal behind and transcend...

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One VSA Applicant Comes Clean… (Shared with Permission)

February 12, 2015 — It’s application season here at VSA central (a.k.a. our corner of the PTY office). That means we are reviewing lots of great essays and work samples. Every so often, we come across one that we think is worth sharing (like these). Unbelievably, the author of this poem, a Session 1 student named Rachel,* wrote this...

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