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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 3 – Strength and Structure of Engineering Materials (Rising 7th)

Jul. 17, 2019—Today was our day of engineering ethics.  We started out our morning by reading and translating the engineering code of ethics as stated by the National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE).  We then discussed a lot of different engineering scenarios with a lot of complicated ethical problems.  Ask your students about these scenarios! Ask them...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 17, 2019—This morning the mathemusicians continued their work preparing for the trial of John Cage on Friday. This morning, both teams determined their witnesses and shared them with the opposing side. Taking the stand for the prosecution will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Julian Dodd. Speaking for the defense will be Weird Al Yankovic and Albert...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Dynamic Coasts (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 17, 2019—What a busy day! We got to experiment with a stream table in a research lab in Vanderbilt’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Department! This activity helped us better understand how rivers erode and deposit sediment. We were also able to see what happens to a stream when base level drops. In the afternoon, we spent...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Solving for the Unknown (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 17, 2019—Hello SAVY parents!  I can’t believe we are almost halfway through our session here at summer SAVY.  I was excited to hear all the students tell me how they were able to work their “magic” at home last night with the card trick. Thank you so much for allowing them to show what they’ve learned...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 17, 2019—Dear SAVY Parents, Today was the most challenging content so far, and I think it can be argued that it is no coincidence that it was the most rewarding and joyous day so far as well! We may talk tomorrow about cause and effect in relation to our productive struggle.  In a learning environment, does...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Dabbling with DNA (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 17, 2019—It was another high-energy day in Dabbling with DNA.  We tackled the topic of evolution by first revisiting the crazy creatures from the previous day.  We discussed the various traits that the creatures have (antenna length, ear size, body color, etc…) and brainstormed on how each form of the trait could be adaptive.  Next up...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Witty Wordplay (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 17, 2019—As the writer’s techniques keep inspiring us, the more the writing flows! We started with another Word Ladder today and a creativity activity to spark flexible brainstorming called: Unusual uses for…  In this activity we take an everyday item and brainstorm other usual uses for it. On Monday our item was a spoon, Tuesday was...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Wind and Wings (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 17, 2019—The week is flying by! To start our day, the students listed all the ways that they thought birds used their feathers. They came up with so many good ideas like flying, diving, keeping warm, swimming, camouflage, and getting water for their baby birds. We compared their ideas to a list from the Arizona State...

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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 2 – Strength and Structure of Engineering Materials (Rising 7th)

Jul. 16, 2019—Today was our day of sudden catastrophic failures! We covered two types of sudden catastrophic failures.  The first failure type we covered was buckling. Buckling strength is affected by many things, not just the material selected. To explore buckling strength, we got into groups and made beams with different heights, cross sectional shapes, and materials. ...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 2 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 16, 2019—We began Math and Music today by splitting up into two teams and laying the groundwork for our John Cage trial later in the week. I was impressed with how well the students worked to come up with their respective definitions of music! Of course the two sides will be presenting different definitions as they...

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