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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 5- Genetic Engineering: The Science of Modified Organisms (5th/6th)

Oct. 24, 2017—    Our 5th Saturday has come and gone! We started our day with the transformed E.coli from the bioengineering virtual lab where the students engineered competent cells to carry a red pigment color from jellyfish. We took these cells and plated them on nutrient agar (bacteria growth food). This “petri-dish art” will be a...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 5- Leads and Angles: Judging Journalism Through Analysis and Perspective (5th/6th)

Oct. 24, 2017—We started off the class with a little activity: students where asked to close their eyes and make a list of every sound they heard in the room.  We cataloged everything from finger snapping to computer humming.  Once we had compiled a list, we discussed how to rank facts based on the target audience.  For...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 4- Genetic Engineering: The Science of Modified Organisms (5th/6th)

Oct. 16, 2017—Good Afternoon Parents and Students! Today we covered gene editing and how it relates to sequencing technology. While it sounds pretty complicated it’s really just how computers read DNA codes. These codes can then be identified through huge databases (NCBI) and thus the protein it will make can be predicted. We started today by playing...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 4- Leads and Angles: Judging Journalism Through Analysis and Perspective (5th/6th)

Oct. 16, 2017—Students, thank you again for a wonderful morning in Leads and Angles! We covered a lot this week. Our work began in a more philosophic vein, as I asked you to contemplate the differentiation between fact and truth; it seems we were able to list many facts about the past week, yet truth was far...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 3- Genetic Engineering: The Science of Modified Organisms (5th/6th)

Oct. 9, 2017—Hello Parents and Students! We had a great week 3! We got back our results from the corn GMO project and turns out…squirrels just like corn! We had a couple samples that were uneaten and a couple samples where the bugs got to them first. Like most scientific experiments nothing ever work the way you...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 2- Leads and Angles: Judging Journalism Through Analysis and Perspective (5th/6th)

Oct. 9, 2017—Today, SAVY Students interviewed many people in the [Vanderbilt] Commons to see how they read the news, and they found out most people prefer to read the news online. “’Find the story, not the answer!’” “How do you read your news?” Students of Leads and Angles, thank you again for a fun, investigative day! We...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 2- Genetic Engineering: The Science of Modified Organisms (5th/6th)

Oct. 2, 2017—We finished up week two with an amazing Saturday filled with nothing but GMOs! We got to see our petri plates from last week’s bacteria experiment, and man were they gross…and spectacular! We saw thousands of colonies with a variety of colors; yellow, orange, white, etc. The students were amazed at what had been living...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 2- Leads and Angles: Judging Journalism Through Analysis and Perspective (5th/6th)

Oct. 2, 2017—Thanks again for a great day in Leads and Angles! Our work today focused on the difference between “hard” leads and “soft” leads; those leads purposed to deliver immediate, hard-hitting breaking news, and those designed to lure a reader into a story that may be more human-interest based. I loved how it was put by...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Genetic Engineering: The Science of Modified Organisms (5th/6th)

Sep. 27, 2017—Welcome to Genetic Engineering: The Science behind GMOs! Hello parents and students! We had a great first day! We learned all about microbiology and what it means to be a scientist! We went over good bacteria and bad bacteria as well as some crazy ones that can live in temperatures near boiling (extremophiles)!!! We also...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 1/Day 4- Introduction to Law (Rising 6th/7th)

Jun. 15, 2017—Students finished their mock trials pertaining to intentional torts this morning! Students greatly enjoyed the experience of participating in a trial, and it provides beneficial experience for them, so the next major assignment was another final mock trial. This one was based on a hypothetical created by me. The hypo involved various instances of negligence...

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