Cathy Bechen

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BRING Home and Garden Tour

BRING is proud to present the 10th Annual Home and Garden Tour, co-hosted by City of Eugene and EWEB, on Sunday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s self-guided tour will feature nine sustainable sites throughout Eugene, including homes, gardens, and community spaces. Big thanks to our Tour Sponsor, Mountain Rose Herbs.

It’s been 10 years since a group of BRING supporters decided to host a self-guided tour that showcased sustainable indoor and outdoor living spaces.Building Community is the theme, with several community-focused projects on this year’s route. The ToolBox Project, which loans out home and garden tools so people don’t have to buy them, and the Lane County OSU Extension Service, where community members can expand their knowledge in topics such as gardening, composting, and food preservation will be part of the tour along with homes and gardens.  Tour-goers can visit Emerald Village Eugene, a group of tiny homes that serves people experiencing homelessness. Last year the homes were still under construction; this year you can see what they look like now that they’re finished.

5th Annual EWEB/Bethel KidWind Challenge

The KidWind Challenge was held at Meadow View School on April 20th. Thanks to many EWEB and community volunteers, the event was a success. Students who earned the right to come by having the highest power output in their class competitions, came very prepared to answer interview questions and test their turbine amongst their peers. During their downtime, when they weren’t testing or being interviewed, students were able to play Energy Bingo, make a weight-lifting turbine, and compete in a Clean Energy Empire game. Fun was had by all!

Taking on Turbines!

7th and 8th grade students in Bethel School District learned that building wind turbines can be a very technical craft. Blades need to be identical in shape, length and weight and the pitch needs to be the same on every blade which can be tough to adjust at times. The ability to test different blade material, number of blades, and blade shape is made easier with our homemade turbine design, thanks to Bruce Weinberg, Kalapuya High School Teacher, who is the brains behind the design. These students in Ms. Roe’s class are getting ready to test their power output to see which teams will advance to the 5th annual Bethel/EWEB KidWind Challenge held in April.

Discovering science concepts!

K/1 Students at Meadow View school had tons of fun visiting the different stations of the discovery lab. They especially liked making dams with the aqua play and learning how to place post-its on their cup to make a working windmill. Email Cathy Bechen if you would like to host the lab at your school.

Magnet Mania

Look at the fun that can be had with this kindergarten magnet kit! This kit contains a variety of magnets from bar, to horseshoe, to magnetic rings. Unfortunately, this kit has gone missing. It is in a very large, blue tub so please email Cathy Bechen if you see it floating around or tucked in a corner somewhere!

Prairie Mountain 6th graders take the field







6th grade students in Mrs. Brandt’s and Mrs. Doty’s science classes got to practice their skills in the field on their annual trip to the Amazon Canal where they conduct a stream study to determine the health of the stream. Teams look at water quality, the macroinvertebrates present, the flow, turbidity, depth, width, temperature and pH levels. All of this data can be used as indicators of how healthy our neighborhood stream is. These students do similar studies at Whitaker Creek on their salmon watch trip that they take in November. They can then compare this data and learn about how their actions can help or hurt their surroundings. These hands-on activities in which students collect real data are not only fun and educational, but they are also very impactful!

The salmon are here, the salmon are here!

1300 Chinook salmon eggs were recently delivered to about 10 classrooms in the Bethel School District. These eggs come from the Leaburg Hatchery and will be raised in the classroom by the students. The participants will have to conduct daily pH, ammonia and dissolved oxygen tests to make sure the water is fit for the salmon survival. They will also have to make sure their tank stays very cold, around 45-50 degrees. If all goes well, each classroom should release about 100 salmon once they are developed. Stop in to your nearest 6th grade classroom to see their development over the next couple of months!

Racers to your marks…..







It was the largest solar challenge to date! Bethel brought more than 25 teams to the race on June 10th at Cal Young Middle School. Although we did not place in the solar race, we did have some winners in other categories. Each car is tested and the teams are interviewed about the design of the car. Allison Bradshaw’s student, Kyshan Nichols-Smith from Shasta won first place in the design competition. Maddie Slager, Bailey Gray, and Abbie Chambers from Sara Baumann’s class at Meadow View took second place in the Art Car division. Although the sun did not shine, our first indoor event in about twelve years was a huge success!

Time to build and race cars!



At Cascade, Mr. Miller’s 8th grade science classes are well on their way to finishing their team-designed solar cars. Upon finishing, they will race against their classmates to determine  who will advance to the Solar Challenge on Saturday, June 10th at Cal Young Middle School. Students have been drawing plans, deciding on the best materials to build a light car, and using precision to glue the axles so the car will run straight. Much trial and error goes into the building of these cars, and only the most precise, prevail. Good luck to the advancing teams!

The wind has blown; the scores are in

On Tuesday, May 23rd, Team Hot Glue, Helen Lucas and Allison Sanders, arrived in Anaheim at the 2017 National Kidwind Competition.  Twenty four other high school teams joined them in assembling wind turbines and preparing for 2 days of testing and challenges at the American Wind Energy Association’s National Convention.

With a score of 146.26 mJ of energy, Willamette ranked 3rd in energy production.  Overall, including tests of knowledge, a vertical axis challenge, windfarm siting, and interviews, Team Hot Glue was ranked 6th.  We did not bring home the national title but the team was satisfied with the strength of their performance and inspired to expand their skills for next year.

Highlights of the event included touring the convention floor where the students learned about many aspects of wind energy generation from professionals attending from Germany, Denmark, Australia, Spain, Canada, and France.  The students learned that opportunities for career paths within wind energy are many and varied.  Collaboration with other teams during the event was another peak.  Teams often worked together to solve problems that arose during competition.

Thank you to EWEB, the Bethel Boosters, several individuals who contributed through Go Fund Me, as well as other private donors. This trip could not have happened without all of this support!

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