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

Jul. 17, 2018—Today in class, we continued our work on pulley systems. We made the leap from analyzing given systems to designing our own to satisfy relative motion requirements. We discovered how to make an output object move at a rate a whole number multiple of the input object’s rate. We discovered how to make both the input...

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

Jul. 17, 2018—Today in Stellar Astronomy, we did a mixture of lecture and lab! The start of our day was all about basic stellar evolution where I showed pictures of various stages of star lifetimes. These pictures, as I had hoped, really got students thinking and asking questions! First we start with clouds of gas and dust...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 1 – Marvelous Mechanisms (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 16, 2018—The first day of Marvelous Mechanisms is finished! We had a fabulous time getting to know one another, drawing, and learning about the kinematics (motion analysis) of pulley systems. The picture shows the class materials the students have been using to sketch as well as formally draft their ideas. Each notebook has a pad of...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 1 – Stellar Astronomy (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 16, 2018—We had a mind blowing day in astronomy today! The students are so excited to learn and ask all of their questions about astronomy! We started out the day with introductions of each other – it’s great to learn what people have in common and to learn about something new. After discussing what topics we...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 5 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 13, 2018—Dear Parents: Thank you for a wonderful week of mystery-writing at SAVY! It was an honor and pleasure to work with your students this week, and I truly hope they continue to take all the literary devices and techniques we’ve worked on throughout the work and apply them to their future writing + reading practices!...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 5 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 13, 2018—Today started out with a bang as the class market evolved into a full stock market. Students’ old assets were converted to publicly traded companies and the market was fully governed by the laws of supply and demand. Many different strategies were deployed, but since the prices were consistently on the rise the early investors...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 4 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 12, 2018—I can’t believe the end of the week is just around the corner! I’ve had such a wonderful time working with your students, and I’m so proud of all we have accomplished and built together this week so far. Today was primarily spent as a Revision + Writing Day, as students begin to wrap up...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 4 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 12, 2018—Students learned today about how supply and demand affect the stock market. We thought about how to approach selecting a stock and then considered whether or not it is even possible to consistently select above average stocks. The students then heard about the efficient markets hypothesis and developed reasons for and against the hypothesis. We...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 3 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 11, 2018—Dear Parents: Happy Wednesday! We’re nearing the middle of our mysterious world in writing, and students are eager to share their stories with you all on Friday. We began the day with Minute Mysteries. Students were assigned new seating groups today, so they have a chance to interact with other peers in the class and...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 3 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 11, 2018—Our first official business meeting was held today. Students got to ask all of their questions about how the stock market works. There were plenty of terrific questions regarding things including benchmarks, sectors, and initial public offerings. We learned that our class is on the short list to be portfolio managers for part of Vanderbilt’s...

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