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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Planetary Astronomy (Rising 6th/7th)

July 26, 2017 — Day 3 Today’s Planetary Astronomy topic was LIGHT! Light is pretty much the only information we get from the Universe so we have to understand how light and matter interact in order to understand the Universe and the objects within. We discussed the different kinds of light (the electromagnetic spectrum) and then started looking at...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Industrial Microbiology (Rising 4th/5th)

July 26, 2017 — We had bacterial filled Wednesday! And yes that is a good thing…. We started the day by playing our favorite game where the teachers have to guess something about each student. From there we spent the day discussing genetic manipulations, GMOs and how bacteria are isolated. We talked about pH scale, genetic engineering and how...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Mystery and History (Rising 4th/5th)

July 26, 2017 — Today our detectives have been very busy! They had numerous tasks at hand! We began this morning by presenting our theories about the fate of the Roanoke colonists and comparing our theories with those of experts. We found that we came up with some of the same theories as the experts but also that we...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Secrets of the Moli Stone (Rising 2nd/3rd)

July 26, 2017 — Dear Families, Wow! We are quickly coming to the latter half of the week already, but our mathematician brains have been working hard! Today we investigated the number systems of different imaginary lands, where instead of using a base 10 system, they used base 3, base 4, and even base 7! Students quickly started to...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Environmental Hydrology (Rising 2nd/3rd)

July 26, 2017 — How is water polluted? Who dirtied the Cumberland River? How do different land uses impact our watershed? Well, today we learned that due to non-point source pollution, the answer may be more complicated than we initially thought! Taking on roles of various community members, the students explored the history of the Cumberland River and how...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Beyond the Pyramids (Rising 1st)

July 26, 2017 — Dear SAVY Parents, Another fantastic day in ancient Egypt with your child and their friends! Today we read the story, Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt. We learned many things about their economic bartering system, as well as their unique number system. We took some time to practice our Egyptian mathematics in case we...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 3- Survive and Thrive (Rising 1st)

July 26, 2017 — Happy Third Day! Today the students spent the majority of their day designing and creating the habitats for their mealworms. It was awesome to see them using the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve) to bring their ideas to creation. The students were encouraged to share their ideas so their classmates could...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 2- Wildlife Ecology (Rising 6th/7th)

July 25, 2017 — Things are bubbling right along in Wildlife Ecology! This morning we researched some methods for repelling deer from gardens and cropland and designed experiments to do so. Each group identified independent and dependent variables as well as controlling conditions. We also discussed the life cycle of deer ticks ( Ixodes scapularis) and different survival strategies...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 2- Planetary Astronomy (Rising 6th/7th)

July 25, 2017 — Day 2 Orbits, Gravity, and Math – oh my! While we started the day with reviewing planetary formation, we worked on orbits and math, then worked with a computer simulations of areas of our Solar System! For planetary formation, I wanted to be sure students saw some of the evidence astronomers have for different pieces...

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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 2- Industrial Microbiology (Rising 4th/5th)

July 25, 2017 — Hello again parents and students, Day two has come and gone! Our time is flying by so fast! We started off the day by recapping what we had learned from yesterday. Each student got to stand up with their group and present. I was very impressed by how much everyone remembered as well as the...

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