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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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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 2 – Solving for the Unknown (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 16, 2019—Hello SAVY parents!  I’m very excited for another successful day here at summer SAVY.  The students were still curious about the number trick that was performed during yesterday’s session. We continued that lesson as they came in asking many questions about how the trick worked.  We were able to discuss as a group what information...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 2 – Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 16, 2019—Hello SAVY Parents, Thank you so much for sending your child to engage in this tremendously thought-provoking student research and to be a part of these amazing discussions.  Today, as our studies moved through understanding the context of the issues and attitudes of colonial America, we were driven to understand more about the “sacrifices of war”...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 2 – Dabbling with DNA (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 16, 2019—After starting the day with a GYKY activity of four corners we reviewed what we had learned yesterday about cells and DNA.  It was then time for Mendelian genetics.  We examined pea plants and brainstormed on the various traits that pea plants exhibit and considered the traits that Mendel studied.  We learned about genotype and...

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

Jul. 16, 2019—Our day began with a discussion about systems. We learned that all systems have parts/elements, inputs, outputs, boundaries and interactions. As a group, we used a familiar topic, the school cafeteria, to identify parts and elements found in a cafeteria. We were able to create a big list including tables, chairs, utensils, food, trays, workers,...

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

Jul. 16, 2019—It was another great day at SAVY! We started by listing some of the things we knew about birds and some of our questions. Some of our questions included: How do birds take off? Why do they have a point at the end of their wings? When they glide, how do they stay up? What...

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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 1 – Strength and Structure of Engineering Materials (Rising 7th grade)

Jul. 15, 2019—Hello SAVY Parents! Today we laid our foundation of materials science! This morning we learned how engineers categorize materials by discussing the differences between metals, polymers, and ceramics.  We can categorize these materials based on bond type, which allows us to know broad materials properties.  Ask your students the differences between these materials.  How do...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 1 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 15, 2019—Hello, parents of mathemusicians! We spent almost the entirety of the day listening to, responding to, and discussing music, specifically the compositional techniques that artists use that incorporate some mathematical elements into them. We began with a look at sonata form and how it still pervades music today. Sonata form typically contains two themes, and...

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