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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 6 – The Water-Energy Nexus (5th/6th)

Mar. 7, 2019—This was the final session for the Water-Energy Nexus course. What a great 6 weeks it has been! I was very impressed with the students. They found creative ways to overcome limitations in some of our experimental activities and engaged the lessons in a way that made me more curious about some of the topics...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 6 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Mar. 7, 2019—What a great final meeting for our detective historians! What a fun, detecting-filled, and learning-filled six weeks we’ve had.  It is so hard to believe that it is already over.  Our detectives historians did so much hard work and grew so much in their sleuthing skills.  They also learned to work together as a class...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – The Water-Energy Nexus (5th/6th)

Feb. 25, 2019—Water-Energy Nexus, Lesson 4: Biofuels and Transportation The class this Saturday was a bit on the lighter side (8 or 9 students), but the tighter atmosphere allowed for deeper and more lengthy conversation. · We began by going over the class expectations (respect, raise your hand, don’t touch the experimental materials until instructed) and the...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Feb. 25, 2019—Our sleuths put in such great work today after they disembarked their canoes!  Their attentiveness made today’s adventure so much fun! We picked up with Nov. 25, 1783, Evacuation Day in New York City, to consider a new perspective on the revolution: the Loyalist perspective.  We discussed how as Americans our natural perspective is a...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 4 – The Water-Energy Nexus (5th/6th)

Feb. 18, 2019—February 18, 2019 Water-Energy Nexus Saturday’s class was great! We began by completing the analysis and discussion of our water filtration experiments from last week. In that experiment, we designed and tested the water treatment capacity of five different filtration media (activated carbon, cotton balls, coffee filters, macaroni, and aquarium gravel. Then, we reviewed that...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 4 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Feb. 18, 2019—And our Detective-Historians undertook still another quest this week!!  Was James Rivington a patriot spy or merely a loyalist who was also the king’s printer in New York City? To kick things off, we decided to follow the second step of good detectives (the first is to identify the question they will solve) and do...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 3 – The Water-Energy Nexus (5th/6th)

Feb. 11, 2019—Today in Water-Energy Nexus, we began Lesson 2 – Water Filtration, in which we learned about water filtration via size exclusion, the principal in which we can refuse a solution’s contaminants by designing a filtration system in which the paths for flow are too small for the contaminants (e.g. microbes, proteins, and ions), but big...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 3 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Feb. 11, 2019—Our sleuths had another great week of detective work as they turned their attention to a new historical mystery: why did Benedict Arnold betray George Washington and the American Revolution?  SO much to uncover! We spent a good deal of time uncovering the backstory to Benedict Arnold’s career.  Conveniently, his participation in the American Revolution...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – The Water-Energy Nexus (5th/6th)

Feb. 4, 2019—Today was a great second class. ·     We first reviewed some of the material from last week, including the pros and cons of various hydropower systems and the scientific method. ·     Then, we continued working on our hydropower experiment (determining the influence of potential energy on turbine output voltage). ·     Then we went through some of the equations...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Feb. 4, 2019—What a great detective adventure we’ve had this week! Our sleuths brought their A game to this week’s historical mystery. We kicked off by comparing the goals of detectives and historians and the processes that they follow to achieve those goals: 1) Identify the mystery or major question 2) Conduct background research 3) Hunt for...

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