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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Hydrology 101 (1st/2nd)

Oct. 1, 2018—How much water is there? On Earth, there are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water, which covers 71% of the globe. That may sound like a lot of water, but less than 3% of all this water is freshwater. And of all the freshwater, more than two-thirds is locked up in ice caps...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Games Galore! (1st/2nd)

Oct. 1, 2018—What is fair in game playing? What is not fair in game playing? What criteria might we use to determine if a game is fair or if, we want to play a certain game that seems unfair? What are some likely purposes for wanting to play a game? How can we modify games to make...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 27, 2018—This was the last day of Kinematics for Mechanical Design! We moved from analyzing four bar mechanisms to designing them. We learned two position rocker synthesis and two position coupler synthesis. These are two techniques to take desired limit positions of one link in a four bar, and come up with the positions of the...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Science of Emotion (Rising 7th)

Jul. 27, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents, Thank you to everyone who came to our Open House this afternoon! These SAVY scholars have put in a lot of hard work this week, and we hope that they are as proud of their accomplishments as we are! Students spent the morning preparing for and presenting their elevator talks (some of...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Field Ecology (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 27, 2018—Dear Parents, Today was the final day of the Field Ecology SAVY course! Our focus for today was on how we as humans impact the world around us. Your children discussed the roles of both invasive species and urbanization on the environment and even came up with ways to mitigate these problems. We had a...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Theory, Criticism, and The Force (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 27, 2018—We began our session today with a fun review of topics and content. To contextualize the work with which we had ended our Thursday session – Edward Said’s theories of “Orientalism” – we watched a short video about cultural appropriation. The video, a selection from the MTV web series Decoded, led organically to a very...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 27, 2018—What an awesome week we have had with our budding archaeologists! Today was all about excavation and artifact analysis! After we finished working on our brochures from yesterday, we started working on excavating the archaeological sites we created yesterday. Just like real archaeologists, students had to excavate layer by layer. This was a challenge because...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Programming and Robotics (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 27, 2018—Dear Parents, We have had a wonderful week with your children! The students have worked hard in learning our coding vocabulary and applying it to their code.org programs and in programming the Sphero robots. They worked well with each other in pair programming and problem-solving their programs. It has been a pleasure working with a...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Neuroscience Navigators (Rising 2nd)

Jul. 27, 2018—Well, we made it! What an awesome week we had in Neuroscience Navigators! It was great to meet you all at open house. I hope you enjoyed getting to see and experience some of things we’ve been working so hard on this week. Once we wound down from early morning activities, we completed our final...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)

Jul. 27, 2018—The Open House was a lot of fun watching students doing word ladders with their parents, and showcasing their learning from our week of word play! It was a pleasure to meet parents of our new students, and to talk to parents of returning students. The students and I finished our last ant words (N-Z),...

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