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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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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 1/Day 1- Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 4th/5th)

Jun. 12, 2017—It was a great first day of SAVY! Today, the Puzzles and Problem Solving class first investigated the Ultimatum Game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimatum_game) and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner’s_dilemma). The students then played a 2-player card game, attempting to determine the winning strategy. The problem goes like this: “Given a deck of 21 cards, players alternate turns by...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Hydrology 101: The World of Water

Feb. 28, 2017—How is water treated? After a brief introduction to drinking water treatment, the students had a chance to observe the flocculation process with Harpeth River water. Throughout class we could watch the water slowly become clearer and clearer as the alum clumped the particles together. We also explored the filtration process by building small filters...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Writing and Reflection

Feb. 28, 2017—Our fifth day of SAVY was full of creativity, insightful analyses, and dynamic conversations on the uses of diction and pathetic fallacy in poetry and prose. We began by reviewing literary techniques we covered in our past SAVY classes. Together, we defined “synesthesia,” “cliché,” “ekphrastic poetry,” “imagery,” “sensory language,” “concrete language,” “abstract language,” “pathetic fallacy,”...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 4- No Quick Fix

Feb. 21, 2017—Wow, we’re already past the halfway mark and my class is making great progress towards understanding their own body systems and keeping them healthy. This past week, we focused on understanding and comparing two factors that influence disease: genetics and our environment. We started off this class with a quick exercise making my students decide...

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