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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 2- Hydrology 101: The World of Water

Feb. 6, 2017—Hydrology Day 2 was all about geomorphology! After refining our vocabulary on topography and geomorphological processes, we headed over to the Vanderbilt Earth and Environmental laboratory to build a stream. Students had the opportunity to work with geomorphologists to observe all the processes (e.g. meandering, erosion, deposition, channelization) that make up river networks! Students also...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 2- Writing and Reflection

Feb. 6, 2017—We had an exciting lesson on the use of cliché and surprise in our second day of “Writing and Reflection.” First, we reviewed our last lesson, revisiting and defining the Five “Rules” of Writing and rereading the Walt Whitman-inspired poems we wrote last Saturday. Some students even felt inspired to share their promising work with...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 2- No Quick Fix

Feb. 6, 2017—We had a great week as the class learned about how to measure the health and function of certain body systems. After finishing up discussions on the major body systems, the class took their own clinical measurements in four different stations: respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and miscellaneous. We took different measurements in each station ranging from...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 1- Hydrology 101: The World of Water

Jan. 31, 2017—This week, we kicked off our investigation of hydrology! Our first discussion revolved around water distribution across the globe. Oceans comprise 97% of all the water on Earth, and icecaps/glaciers hold another 2%, so it was not an easy task for us to discuss how we would provide enough freshwater to communities across the globe. Fortunately...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 1- Writing and Reflection

Jan. 31, 2017—What a phenomenal first day of our SAVY course, “Writing and Reflection”! Students were very excited to learn how to read literature like college students and to write poetry and prose like the authors they love. We kicked off our class with a concept map exercise, in which students wrote down everything they knew about...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 1- No Quick Fix

Jan. 31, 2017—With the introduction of No Quick Fix, two tantalizing questions were raised for my students to discuss: What would the world be like without any doctors or medicine? And, is the human body in the modern age a quick fix or difficult to treat? I was pleased to hear that many students did not think...

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Fall SAVY 2016 (Day 5) – Intro to Macromolecules

Oct. 24, 2016—This week in Intro to Macromolecules, we began by reviewing our lipid lab results from last week. The acetone in which we had extracted the lipids had evaporated and what remained was the fat isolated from each type of food. The students observed that the lipid layer isolated from chocolate chips was relatively solid, while...

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Fall SAVY 2016 (Day 5) – Media Mania!

Oct. 24, 2016—Hello Media Mania parents, Today was one of our favorites! We hit the ground running and began collecting data from real participants (Vanderbilt graduate students) in two of Vanderbilt’s research labs! Our class designed four experiments, which all went smoothly! Every student had the chance to serve as a real researcher as they interacted professionally...

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Fall SAVY 2016 (Day 4) – Intro to Macromolecules

Oct. 17, 2016—This week in Intro to Macromolecules, we began by reviewing our carbohydrate lab results from the previous week. We chose to analyze our results visually by creating a Venn diagram as a group, with the two overlapping circles being labeled “monosaccharides” and “starch.” We noticed that some foods contained just monosaccharides (ex. galactose) or just...

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Fall SAVY 2016 (Day 4) – Media Mania

Oct. 17, 2016—Dear Media Mania parents, Today was another great day learning about media and psychology! After reviewing how to use the scientific method and establishing that it was clear the students were thinking like real researchers, the students went to work developing their own Media Mania studies! The class was very enthusiastic as they split up into “research teams” and...

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