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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- What’s the Matter (Kindergarten)

Feb. 26, 2018—During our fifth week of SAVY, we learned more about a few physical properties of matter: mass and volume. We learned that mass is the amount of matter in something. It’s closely related to weight, but weight is gravities effect on a matter’s mass. So on the earth and the moon a person would have...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Probability and Prediction (Kindergarten)

Feb. 26, 2018—This week we continued our work with theoretical and experimental probability. First we started with a question about favorite ice cream flavors. We polled the class and used the results to think about a hypothetical ice cream shop. We talked about how knowing customers’ favorite flavors might help us with ordering ice cream for the...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- What’s the Matter (Kindergarten)

Feb. 19, 2018—During our fourth week of SAVY, we explored more fully one of the chemical properties of matter: acidity and basicity. We learned how scientists use the pH scale to describe how acidic or basic a substance is. We learned about household items that are acids (lemons, limes, vinegar) and bases (soap, most cleaners, bleach, eggs)....

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- Probability and Prediction (Kindergarten)

Feb. 19, 2018—It was another fun week in SAVY! We spent our time together thinking about theoretical probability and experimental probability. In other words, we were thinking about what we expected to happen and what actually happened when we performed a probability experiment. When flipping coins, we would expect that we would see about the same number...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- What’s the Matter (Kindergarten)

Feb. 12, 2018—During our third we of SAVY, we got to explore some of the changes that happen during a chemical reaction. In our opening discussion of the day, we reviewed what we learned last week about the different states of matter and physical properties of a substance. We learned some new vocabulary about changing between states...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- Probability and Prediction (Kindergarten)

Feb. 12, 2018—This week we spent quite a bit of time playing games. We talked about playing games as mathematicians and thinking about each person’s chances of winning. Our first game was called Even Steven. There were cubes in a bag, and player 1 was trying to draw cubes of the same color while player 2 was...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 2- What’s the Matter? (Kindergarten)

Feb. 5, 2018—Our second week of SAVY took us on a field trip to an actual chemistry research lab here at Vanderbilt. We got to see some of the equipment that chemists use to study matter. In our opening discussion of the day, we talked about the different states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) and how they...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 2- Probability and Prediction (Kindergarten)

Feb. 5, 2018—It was another great week! We started the class by revisiting spinner experiments. The students used a fair spinner which was divided into 4 equal sections. After we ran tests, with that spinner the students had a chance to design their own unfair spinner. They were asked to try and rig the results of their...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 1- What’s the Matter? (Kindergarten)

Jan. 29, 2018—We had a wonderful first day of SAVY discussing what it means to be a scientist and how we can use our skills of observations to study the world around us. As a class, we brainstormed all the different ways we could categorize the seemingly random objects in a box. We developed several ways that...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 1- Probability and Prediction (Kindergarten)

Jan. 29, 2018—Our first class was full of probability experiments and lively conversations! We started by talking about the definition of probability, and for our purposes right now, we are using this definition of probability: the chance that something will happen. First, the students did a simple coin flip experiment where they recorded if the coin landed...

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