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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 2- Unpacking Adaptation (3rd/4th)

Feb. 5, 2018—Students of Unpacking Adaptation, thank you for another great session! Much like Lucy traveling through the wardrobe, I was astounded by the ground we covered in so seemingly short a time!    We began our day with two variations on the Mutation Game, before revisiting some concepts explored last week. You created visual representations of Aristotle’s six elements of the drama:...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 2- Modified Organisms (3rd/4th)

Feb. 5, 2018—Hello parents and students! We had a great second day here at SAVY! Today was all about DNA. We learned what it is, where we can find it, and how do scientists extract it. We discussed that A pairs with T and C pairs with G, and if not a mutation can happen that may...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 1- A Great Debate (3rd/4th)

Jan. 29, 2018—What a fantastic first day of class! We started our day by playing a “name game” to get to know each other and help everyone get comfortable sharing with their peers. We had an introduction to Socrates and Plato and how they are related to our course, learned about false premises and deductive reasoning, had...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 1- Unpacking Adaptation (3rd/4th)

Jan. 29, 2018—Students of Unpacking Adaptation: From the Page to the Stage, Thank you for an outstanding first session! I so enjoyed meeting — and, in the case of former students, re-meeting — each and every one of you. I suspect we have a fun and invigorating class ahead of us. We played a lot of games...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 1- Modified Organisms (3rd/4th)

Jan. 29, 2018—Hello parents and students! We had a great first day. We learned all about basic microbiology and what it means to be a scientist, investigating characteristics and skills that make great researchers and investigators. We also had a great conversation about good bacteria and bad bacteria as well as some really interesting ones, including thermophilic bacteria that...

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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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