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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 – 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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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 26, 2018—We started today with a brief introduction to linkages and used poster board and brads to experiment with four bar linkages. Then we continued to hone our drafting skills, this time with kinematic diagrams of various mechanisms. A kinematic diagram captures the motion of a linkage by representing pins as dots and links as straight...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Science of Emotion (Rising 7th)

Jul. 26, 2018—Hi SAVY Parents, We can’t believe the week is almost over! We started the morning learning about scientific literacy, going over some of the basic rules for reading about science. As you all know, the internet is filled with pseudoscientific articles, articles with eye-catching titles claiming to have bizarre cures for various diseases and disorders....

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 25, 2018—This morning, we practiced analyzing compound gear trains using the number of teeth to determine the overall gear ratio of the gear train. Then we produced a two-view drawing of some compound gears. Next we moved on to designing compound gears. That is, determining the numbers of teeth for the gears in each of two...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Science of Emotion (Rising 7th)

Jul. 25, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents, This morning, students continued to craft their emotion research questions. As a class, students helped each other identify the independent and dependent variables of their classmates’ proposed research questions, determined different ways to measure the variables in their experiments, and came up with ways to increase the internal validities of their experiments....

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 2 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 24, 2018—Today in class, we continued our work on pulley systems. Our next concern was calculating the relative velocities of objects in the system. For example, how does object A appear to be moving to an observer sitting on object B? We came up with a vector equation for objects moving up and down, and then...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 2 – Science of Emotion (Rising 7th)

Jul. 24, 2018—Hello SAVY Parents, Students kicked off the second day of “Science of Emotion” by learning about the role of the human brain, and the emotions that the brain produces to help humans survive. After practicing how to identify independent, dependent, and confounding variables, and after reviewing the steps of the scientific method, students learned about...

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Summer Career Connections at SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 1 – Kinematics for Mechanical Design (Rising 7th)

Jul. 23, 2018—The first day of Kinematics for Mechanical Design is finished! We had a fabulous time getting to know one another, drawing, and learning about the kinematics (motion analysis) of pulley systems. Students have been given a three ring binder and drawing tools to sketch as well as formally draft their ideas. Each notebook has a...

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