SAVY 2018 Session 3: June 25-29
Rising 1st Grade
We have a problem – A once beautiful plant that grew delicious berries is not looking very healthy now. The plant has even stopped producing fruit. Many of the typical reasons for a plant being unhealthy, like lack of water and sunlight, have already been explored. We need your help! Why has this happened and what can you do to make the plant healthy again? In this class you will take on the role of an agricultural engineer to determine what has happened to this once-beautiful plant. You will use the Engineering Design Process to develop a solution and make the plant full of life again. As you investigate and engineer solutions, you will learn about Integrated Pest Management, butterfly metamorphosis, hand pollination and much more! This course will forever change how you think about plants, insects, and what it means to be an engineer.
*Course adapted from an evidence-supported engineering curriculum from Engineering is Elementary (EiE) and the Museum of Science, Boston
Environmental Explorers: Operation Save the Beach*
Congratulations, you have been appointed to the town council! As a member you make many important choices about your town, and you have just been asked to make a very big decision that could impact your city for years to come. You will have to decide if a children’s camp should be built on the beach in your city. At first you love the idea of the camp. However, there are also problems with the camp. People in your town are concerned that construction will cause the beach to erode. The camp director wants to begin construction right away. What will you decide to do? You owe it to your town to protect the beach from erosion, but you know the camp can also be great for your city. Is there a way to protect the beach and continue the construction on the camp? After learning about erosion and environmental protection, you will work to develop scientifically based regulations that will satisfy the long-term needs of the town and allow for continued construction for the new camp. Without an effective plan, the beach will disappear. Will your plans help save the beach?
*Course adapted from an evidence-supported science curriculum, Where’s the Beach?, from the College of William and Mary
Ecological Expedition: Exploring Ecology through Literature – Course canceled
Should we kill spiders in our houses? Should animals be kept in zoos? Should a forest be cleared to make way for a much-needed grocery store? In this class, you will become a scientific researcher to investigate these questions and more as we learn about the complex study of ecology. Using the concept of interactions, we will explore interactions between plants, animals, and humans in the environment. If you are a scientist who also loves reading, then this class is for you! Through an interdisciplinary investigation of ecology, we will explore multiple examples from literature that address interactions between plants, animals, and humans as we also investigate the interaction of the story elements. Come ready to debate big questions in ecology through multiple perspectives. Along the way, we will learn that there is a lot to consider when answering questions about the relationships among living things and the environment. After this ecological expedition you will better understand living organisms and the world they inhabit, and you will be able to justify your ideas about how these interactions work by using evidence, just like a professional ecologist!
*Course adapted from an evidence-based science and ELA curriculum, Ecology in Literature, from Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth
The Makings of America: Rebellion, Revolt, and Resolution*
Certain events in history have created profound change, altering the course of human life forever. The American Revolution is the focus of this course on cause and effect, consequences, and implications. You will explore the people, places, and events of the American Revolution in order to understand how a government designed “by the people” and “for the people” rose out of the gunfire and turmoil in the 1700’s. Come ready to take on the role of historian as you analyze primary sources such as advertisements, speeches, letters and even period song lyrics to uncover truths from the time period of the revolution. Students will also consider and evaluate different historical perspectives as explored by biographical author Ron Chernow and Broadway star Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, the Musical). Studying history is not just dates and facts, this class will be a hands-on, minds-on investigation of an important time where the world was turned upside down with rebellion and revolt and resolution influenced life as we know it!
*Course adapted from an evidence-supported social studies curriculum, The World Turned Upside Down: The American Revolution, from the College of William and Mary
The history of the universe is written in the sky! But what kind of information can we gather from space? What types of celestial bodies can we observe in our own galaxy? How are the movements of the sun and moon related to life on earth? Get ready to go on a galactic adventure through the universe as we learn how to explore and observe the amazing sights in our solar system. Using the tools of astronomy, from telescopes to computer simulation programs to our own eyes, we will learn how scientists track astronomical objects, collect data, and answer research questions about the universe. We will discuss the characteristics and movement of the moon, sun, stars and constellations, and other observable objects in the sky. Through discovery, observation, and research, you will take on the role of a real-life astronomer as you learn from one. The cosmos is awe-inspiring, and after this class, you will inspire the awe of all with your stellar knowledge!
Math and Music
Do you consider yourself a fan of rock’n’roll? Does pop music dominate your playlists? Maybe you prefer instrumental or classical tunes? From tempo to rhythm to musical notes themselves, did you know math is hidden everywhere in music? The two subjects are closely intertwined and in this class you will uncover how mathematical concepts are concealed in your favorite songs and genres. We will examine topics such as set theory, musical scales, frequency, matrices, serialism, compositional techniques, and the Fibonacci sequence to help you reach an understanding about the intersection of math and music. We will dissect famous songs from a variety of well-known artists to examine patterns within and across genre, so a musical background is helpful but not required. After this class, you may have a new mathematical appreciation for music of all kinds!
It’s been said that an image is worth a thousand words but can pictures really give us as much information as a written story? How do artists, dancers, and advertisers successfully tell tales without words? What kind of information can we piece together from pictures alone? Can graphic novels give us as much information as written ones? In this course you’ll learn about the importance of the graphic imagery we encounter daily in its many different forms, including movies, product advertisements, comic books, and even social media posts. We will examine how this type of media is used in entertainment, marketing, and creative expression and may influence our thoughts and ideas. You will then have a chance to apply your new knowledge and techniques of digital storytelling as you piece together your own graphic short story! If you think you are the next great graphic novelist or just want to improve your storytelling skills, then this is the class for you.