Bethel School District is fortunate to be supported by an EWEB School District Education Grant. This is the thirteenth year that EWEB has supplied funds that support teaching and learning in the areas of energy and water. This includes the development of educational resources, the delivery of instruction and the involvement of students in real world energy issues and activities.
There are twelve program areas covered in the grant. The connecting pages will expand upon each of these areas and allow staff to request funding, information, or other support. Each school has an EWEB resource person listed below that may be contacted to provide further information.
The wastewater treatment plant is a state-of-the-art facility located on River Avenue in Eugene. 6th grade students from Carly Waters class at Meadow View School visited the plant on September 26th as part of their study on water. The EWEB grant funds this trip every year for any 6th grade teacher wishing to take their class.
The treatment plant and 49 pump stations distributed across Eugene and Springfield operate every day, 24 hours a day, year round, to collect and treat wastewater from homes, businesses, and industries before returning the cleaned water to the Willamette River.
The field trip tour guide discussed that through advanced technology and processes, the facility cleans, on average, up to 30 million gallons of wastewater every day. The treatment processes used protect the community, downstream users, and the Willamette River ecosystem by consistently removing over 95% of pollutants. Students were able to walk around the plant and see the different phases of the process. Many were surprised by the lack of “smell”! The facility has recently done a renovation that incorporated covering the water and using large fans to keep the odor down.
SPLASH! (Stormwater Pollution Learn and Share!) is a curriculum kit developed with local teachers for grades K-8. Each year teachers may request the materials from Cathy Bechen to use with their students. This curriculum explores the water cycle andwater and the effects of pollution on water systems. Lily the Frog is the program mascot and is available to visit primary classrooms. Email Cathy Bechen if you wish to have a visit from Lily or if you would like the curriculum and materials to use with your classroom.
Do you use the Exploring Planet Water curriculum to teach your sixth grade students? Do you teach about water or the water cycle at another grade level? If so, you just may want to borrow the “bag ‘o’ books” filled with many different books about water! Below is a list of all of the different titles. Check out the bag or just a few, it’s up to you. Email Cathy Bechen if interested:
“Water, water everywhere”
“The trip of a Drip”
“How did that get to my house: Water”
“Making Clean Water”
“What is water”
“Why should I save water?”
“River of Words”
“The magic school bus, wet all over”
“The water cycle”
“Lakes and rivers”
“Rivers and Oceans”
“Follow the water from brook to ocean”
“Protecting rivers and seas”
“Our world of water”
“A drop of water”
“One well: the story of water on earth”
Hopefully you have registered online for your year’s worth of science kits for the coming school year. If not, it is not too late! Go to the EWEB page and click on “Science kits” . Almost all of the kits are still available during one trimester or another. Rita Gese is currently readying the kits for you and your students. They will be delivered Wednesday, September 4th. Winter kits will be delivered December 4th and Spring kits on March 12th. Time to let the kids have some fun and get their hands dirty–maybe even yours as well!
Could it be that time of year again? Yes, it is time to register for your fall Salmon Watch trip! All 6th grade classrooms in Bethel participate in these outstanding field trips at Whitaker Creek. Email Jennifer Weber (email@example.com) or call her at 541-687-9076 to sign up today.
These trips could not happen if it weren’t for all of the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who continue to help year after year. There will be a training session for teachers and volunteers who are new to the program or for those who would like a refresher. Please come and bring a friend!
Training: August 22nd, Alton Baker Park
3:00 to 5:00pm or
5:00 to 7:00 pm
To sign up for training, please email Jennifer Weber(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kelly Leguizamon’s 8th grade students at Prairie Mountain recently learned all about how windmills work! She gave her students a limited amount of materials such as index cards, skewers, cylinders, corks, and rods with the goal of designing and building a functioning windmill that could convert wind into usable mechanical energy to lift weights. The scientific method was used to conduct trials, change variables and work to improve windmill performance. When all was perfected, students were asked to give a presentation and show how many metal washers their windmill could lift. For some teams, the cup was too small to hold all of the washers! These student scientists definitely took their work seriously and built some very creative designs.
Not all of the science kits are supported with EWEB grant funds. It’s true! The science kits are often referred to as ” EWEB science kits”, however, only 5 of the titles are supported with EWEB grant funds. Those kits relate to EWEB’s priority topics: energy and water. Solids and liquids, Electric Circuits, Land and Water, Motion and Design and Magnets and Motors are all supported through the grant. The remainder of the kits are funded using SPLASH grant funds. If you have ever wondered why EWEB doesn’t offer trainings on all of the kits, this is why!
Eric Wright and Colin Lyon’s seventh grade classes at Meadowview recently had the opportunity to venture into the community to get a first-hand look at what they had been studying in class: renewable energy and its impact on society. Students first stop was Grape Solar, a company that manufactures solar panels. Students were reminded of how solar energy works and learned that enough sunlight falls on the earth’s surface every hour to meet the worlds’ energy demands for one year. Grape Solar’s commitment is to help harness that energy by supplying cost-effective, efficiently delivered, high quality solar modules and to increase the generation of renewable energy.
After that stop, students were bussed to the Seneca Sawmill Cogeneration plant off of Hwy. 99. This business is a wood-fired power plant that generates enough electricity to light up 13,000 homes. The plant burns wood wastes—bark, shavings and sawdust—-to generate electricity. Burning the woody debris heats boilers, which create steam that powers turbines and generates electricity. One hundred percent of the electricity generated by the plant is sold to EWEB and used by its customers. This trip helped students see the importance of renewable energy and the value of clean power!
The room was abuzz as Charissa Nelson’s third grade class tried their hand at creating the brightest bulb possible with wires and batteries. Her class is currently studying the electric circuits science kit which covers things such as electricity and its properties, the study of circuits and circuit building, series and parallel circuits, and switches to name a few. The unit culminates with students designing and wiring their own cardboard house. The enthusiasm and excitement was contagious upon entering the classroom!
Elementary teachers have the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant for up to $500.00. This money can be used for materials, supplies, bus costs and even substitute costs. Projects or activities can include but are not limited to such topics as water efficiency and wise use, water quality, water and wildlife, the water cycle, sources of electricity, energy efficiency, or environmental stewardship to name a few. Applications are online on the EWEB grant homepage and are due by Wednesday, November 7th. Any unused funds will be offered up to middle school teachers for the same purpose. Please contact Cathy Bechen if you have questions.