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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 2 – Secrets of the Moli Stone (Rising 2nd)

Jun. 12, 2018—Happy Second Day! The students expressed great enjoyment playing the Card Game Capers; therefore, they began the day by playing a few rounds of the game with a group of their fellow mathematicians. They created another level of fun and challenge by giving one point to the mathematicians who were able to generate the largest...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 1 – Electrifying Engineering (Rising 2nd)

Jun. 11, 2018—Welcome to Electrifying Engineering!  It was a great day to meet our new electrical engineers. This morning we spent time getting to know one another and determining our lab rules using the amazing electricity of the brain. Students then explored the engineering design process by creating a tower of power for our “artifact”.  It was...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 1 – Secrets of the Moli Stone (Rising 2nd)

Jun. 11, 2018—Happy First Day! Today the students began the day creating a concept map to show their prior knowledge on the generalizations regarding “patterns”. They also became mathematicians on a team of archeologists working in a rural part of China. They found a stone with several markings on it. They figured out that the stone was...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Earth Explorers (1st/2nd)

Feb. 26, 2018—Day 5: Streams and Groundwater After refining our vocabulary and geomorphological processes, we headed into the Vanderbilt Earth and Environmental laboratory to build a stream. Students had the opportunity to model all the physical processes (e.g. meandering, erosion, deposition, and channelization) that make up river networks! Students also learned a bit about my favorite water...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Ecological Expedition (1st/2nd)

Feb. 26, 2018—Happy Fifth Day! The students began the day by reviewing abiotic and biotic factors. As ecologists, they participated in a quick debate “Should humans interfere in ecosystems?” by reading an article and watching a video about the spread of wild boars and the decrease of the tuber population. As mathematicians, they constructed graphs to show...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- It’s Elemental (1st/2nd)

Feb. 26, 2018—Well it is almost the end of It’s Elemental and we are ending with lots of energy and excitement. This week we learned about different groups on our periodic table such as alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, or noble gases. We then adopted an element. We read a short page that focused on elemental properties,...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- Earth Explorers (1st/2nd)

Feb. 19, 2018—Yesterday in Earth Explorers we learned about the world of water. We discussed the water-cycle and investigated some parts of it individually including making our own clouds in plastic bottles. We learned how much water is distributed between different sources, with only fractions of a percent of the global water budget being available for us...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- Ecological Expedition (1st/2nd)

Feb. 19, 2018—Happy Fourth Day! As ecologists, the students revisited the debate “Should humans cut down trees?” by reading about reasons for and against deforestation (cutting down trees). They viewed the videos, “Food Chains” and “Abiotic and Biotic Factors” and afterwards examined how living things interact through food chains by analyzing the benefits of producers, consumers, and...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- It’s Elemental (1st/2nd)

Feb. 19, 2018—We started It’s Elemental this week by reviewing some properties of elements. We learnt more about reactivity with an interesting demonstration using pennies. Pennies coined after 1982 are made by coating zinc with copper instead of using pure copper. Since zinc is more reactive with acid, new pennies with exposed zinc will react to form...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- Earth Explorers (1st/2nd)

Feb. 12, 2018—Geomorphologists study the Earth’s landforms, processes, and sediments at the surface of the Earth. Today we discovered how rocks are made, weathered, eroded, and moved! Students created their very own rock cycle and were able to connect various topics we discussed over the past few weeks. For the second half of class, we explored the...

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