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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 5- Journey into the Universe: Astronomy 101 (3rd/4th)

Oct. 24, 2017—Today in Planetary Astronomy we learned lots about extrasolar planets (a.k.a. exoplanets)! First of all, we had to investigate methods of detecting them. This website has some particularly good animations: 5 Ways to Find a Planet In our further study of such detection methods, one of the favorite events was we spun around with each...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 5- Disease Detectives: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems (3rd/4th)

Oct. 24, 2017—We’re almost to the end Disease Detectives! I just want to take the time to say what an absolute pleasure it’s been to go through the SAVY experience with you all! I can proudly say that my first SAVY experience has been an amazing one and I hope you all have had a great time...

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

Oct. 16, 2017—Today was an active day in Planetary Astronomy! First, we reviewed a little about orbits from last week (circular, elliptical, hyperbola (a.k.a. ByeBye orbit!)) and then started talking about WHY orbits look that way and the cause of gravity. We did look at the equation for gravity (an algebra equation) and the students liked that....

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

Oct. 16, 2017—Hello SAVY students and parents! I can’t believe we’re already on week 4!! This week, we talked about Ebola. As scary as the disease can be, the students were troopers and were great at focusing on being the disease detectives that they’ve been training to be! We discussed the 2014 outbreak that started out in...

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

Oct. 9, 2017————— WEEK 3 ———— Today in Planetary Astronomy we talked about big numbers and orbits! In most sciences and honestly in anything where one deals with large numbers, scientific notation is an efficient and necessary way to not have to write tons of zeros. We went over how to write big number scientific notation (we...

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

Oct. 9, 2017—I can’t believe we’re half-way done through the program already! This week, we changed gears and discussed Obesity as a chronic disease. It was a bit of a change from the previous classes, since we focused on infectious diseases and how they’re caused by infectious agents. Our discussion on obesity was more systematic. We talked...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 2- Journey into the Universe: Astronomy 101 (3rd/4th)

Oct. 2, 2017—WEEK 2 ———————- We figured out how to build a planetary system today in Planetary Astronomy! At first, we set the stage with the age of the Universe (~14 billion years) and the age of the Solar System (~5 billion years) and that we know the Solar System’s age through analysis of meteorites. The students...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 2- Disease Detectives: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems (3rd/4th)

Oct. 2, 2017—This week we introduced the class to the Cholera Epidemic of 1854. This case along with the introduction to John Snow (the father of epidemiology) is probably the most classic epidemiology case – and really is my favorite! Students were given a list of patient cases that they had to go through to determine patterns...

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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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