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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 4- Disease Detectives: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems (3rd/4th)

October 16, 2017 — Hello SAVY students and parents! I can’t believe we’re already on week 4!! This week, we talked about Ebola. As scary as the disease can be, the students were troopers and were great at focusing on being the disease detectives that they’ve been training to be! We discussed the 2014 outbreak that started out in...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 4- Intro to Programming: Coding 101 (1st/2nd)

October 16, 2017 — Hello SAVY Parents, Thank you for bringing your child to another action packed, problem solving, and challenge oriented “Intro to Code” class.  Students are finding opportunity for engagement and discovery, as well as development of greater thinking skills each week. It is a joy to see them work! Our lesson this week involved an important...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 4- Adventures in Algebra (1st/2nd)

October 16, 2017 — Happy Fourth Day! Today the students worked with variables in equations. They solved variable puzzles; they even went a step farther by creating their own puzzles for their peers to solve.  They tried to make sure their puzzles were in equation form. The students were actually solving one- and two-step equations in order to figure...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 4- Environmental Explorations: Dig It! (Kindergarten)

October 16, 2017 — Dear Parents: Our morning began with another story from 11 Experiments that Failed. This book allows students to review the scientific method through discussion of the steps the author took to answer a question/hypothesis, and how she responded to what happened in the process. Next we reviewed our experiment last week to discover the porosity of...

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

October 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)

October 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 3- Journey into the Universe: Astronomy 101 (3rd/4th)

October 9, 2017 — ———— WEEK 3 ———— Today in Planetary Astronomy we talked about big numbers and orbits! In most sciences and honestly in anything where one deals with large numbers, scientific notation is an efficient and necessary way to not have to write tons of zeros. We went over how to write big number scientific notation (we...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 3- Disease Detectives: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems (3rd/4th)

October 9, 2017 — I can’t believe we’re half-way done through the program already! This week, we changed gears and discussed Obesity as a chronic disease. It was a bit of a change from the previous classes, since we focused on infectious diseases and how they’re caused by infectious agents. Our discussion on obesity was more systematic. We talked...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 3- Intro to Programming: Coding 101 (1st/2nd)

October 9, 2017 — Dear SAVY Parents, What a joy it was to work with your child today! It was amazing to see them work so hard, solve problems, and learn new skills! Programmers have to have collaborative and communications skills, as well as curiosity and persistence. Your child experienced all this and more today through robots and coding!...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 3- Adventures in Algebra (1st/2nd)

October 9, 2017 — Happy Third Day! Today the students completed a whole class concept map to summarize their understanding of “All things Algebra”. I was amazed to see that their concept map included such terminology as prime and composite numbers, charts, graphs (circle, bar, line), symbols (+ = x – /), letters, balance, equations, etc. They are beginning...

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