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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 2 – Molecular Genetics (5th/6th)

Oct. 8, 2018—Hello Molecular Genetics parents! This week, we were classical geneticists. We learned a TON of new vocabulary, all related to inheritance. Can your young scientist tell you the difference between a dominant and recessive allele? Can they describe how genotype and phenotype are related? One of our experiments today consisted of building a creature with...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 2 – Psychology 101 (5th/6th)

Oct. 8, 2018—Hello SAVY Parents! We had another wonderful Saturday in Psychology 101. It is such a pleasure getting to watch these students critically examine and explore the field of psychology, and use their newfound knowledge in exciting and unexpected ways. We started off the day with a review of some of the key concepts from last...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Molecular Genetics (5th/6th)

Oct. 1, 2018—Hello Molecular Genetics parents, Today was the first day of your child’s adventure into how scientists study DNA. Today we delved into the structure and function of cells and the organelles that are within it. Don’t know what an organelle is? Ask your young scientist at dinner or before bed- they were all super stars...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Psychology 101 (5th/6th)

Oct. 1, 2018—Hello SAVY Parents, It was a wonderful first day in Psychology 101. We have been anxiously awaiting today, and it was great to finally meet each and every one of your students. In our first day, we laid the groundwork for this course. We got to know one another through some ice breakers and surveys...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Field Ecology (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 27, 2018—Dear Parents, Today was the final day of the Field Ecology SAVY course! Our focus for today was on how we as humans impact the world around us. Your children discussed the roles of both invasive species and urbanization on the environment and even came up with ways to mitigate these problems. We had a...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Field Ecology (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 26, 2018—Ahoy parents! Water day made a splash! Today we dove into the world of aquatic ecology! Since most of the world’s water is saltwater, we began the day with discussions on ocean circulation and the impacts it has on different ecosystems. We talked about water density and how salinity (or saltiness) affects density and how...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Theory, Criticism, and The Force (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 26, 2018—To remind ourselves of Saussure’s signifier, signified, and sign, we played a game where students were tasked with identifying signifiers from certain characters or scenes from A New Hope. We also clarified that the endless chain of signification is not mere free-association. The chain of signification leads to larger, more encompassing concepts as one travels...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Field Ecology (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 25, 2018—Dear Parents, We were very excited today for Microbe Day! We taught the kids all about microbes in the world around us and how they fit into the larger ecosystem. They learned about microbial myths and facts, characteristics of microbes, and their applications. They also learned how to look at microbial plates under the microscope...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Theory, Criticism, and The Force (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 25, 2018—What a day! We covered a significant amount of content during our session. Your students should have a wealth of ideas, concepts, and terminology to share around the dinner table this evening, as well as a number of different and unexpected critical responses to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. We began our class...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 2 – Field Ecology (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 24, 2018—Dear Parents, Everyday this week is covering a different range of biological diversity! Today your children learned about the bugs and birds in the world around us. Both insects and birds play huge roles in ecology. Your children read scientific literature and became scientific advisors for a leading mosquito control company. They learned about the...

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