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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 3- Environmental Explorations: Dig It! (Kindergarten)

Oct. 9, 2017—Dear Parents: Our morning began with another story from 11 Experiments that Failed. This time, our author never got to test her experiment because of a failed plan. This gave us a chance to discuss our experiment last weekend with the black and white painted bottles, deflated balloons attached to the tops, and the question...

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

Oct. 2, 2017—WEEK 2 ———————- We figured out how to build a planetary system today in Planetary Astronomy! At first, we set the stage with the age of the Universe (~14 billion years) and the age of the Solar System (~5 billion years) and that we know the Solar System’s age through analysis of meteorites. The students...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 2- Disease Detectives: How Scientists Prevent Big Problems (3rd/4th)

Oct. 2, 2017—This week we introduced the class to the Cholera Epidemic of 1854. This case along with the introduction to John Snow (the father of epidemiology) is probably the most classic epidemiology case – and really is my favorite! Students were given a list of patient cases that they had to go through to determine patterns...

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

Oct. 2, 2017—Hello SAVY Parents, We had another spectacular day of coding on Saturday. The students began by tackling an “unplugged” lesson or coding lesson about a concept that we explore away from computers. The students examined 9 steps for completing a task (folding a paper airplane) and determined unneeded commands and sequenced the necessary steps to...

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

Oct. 2, 2017—Happy Second Day! Today the students continued to work with the concept of balancing equations and expressions. They worked their way through learning that variables can be used in different ways. The students explored number tricks and used variables to represent changing quantities. During one of their number tricks, they were encouraged to use questions...

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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 2- Environmental Explorations: Dig It! (Kindergarten)

Oct. 2, 2017—Dear Parents: We began our day with a deeper look at what a scientist is and does. We read a book called, What is a Scientist? And, of course, we read another farcical adventure from the book, 11 Experiments That Failed. Students gleaned further insights regarding the Scientific Method and how scientists do their work....

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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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Fall SAVY 2017, Day 1 – Journey into the Universe: Astronomy 101 (3rd/4th)

Sep. 27, 2017—Today in Planetary Astronomy we set the stage for our future studies! First, we did logistics like introductions and determining classroom guidelines. Then we got into looking at the planets of our Solar System and putting them into categories.  When astronomers think about planets in general, usually they’re thought of as “rocky” or “giant” – today we...

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