The 6th annual Bethel KidWind Challenge took place at Meadow View on April 24th. The top two winning teams from 7th (and a few 8th) grades came together with their winning turbine design to compete against their peers. The turbine was tested for 60 seconds in a wind tunnel to determine the amount of joules it could produce. That score was then combined with a team interview score. Volunteers from EWEB led the interviews and remarked at how prepared students were. They were impressed that the teams took these interviews very seriously. At the day’s end, the 1st place team was from Mrs. Greydanus’ class at Shasta, 2nd was Mrs. Baumann’s class from Meadow View, and in third there was a tie from Mr. Field’s Prairie Mountain students with another of Mrs. Greydanus’ class. Students enjoyed the morning off from their regular classes to compete, as well as play games and design a weight-lifting turbine.
This year Prairie Mountain held the first 2/3 Discovery lab for their second and third graders. Thanks to many parent volunteers, students were able to make their way around the lab, learning about magnets, wind vanes, thermometers and the like. Many stations involved making and taking items such as the “pond in a tube” which involves students creating their own ecosystem with elodea, pond water and daphnia. They also make a wind vane, a straw trombone and a balancing man to take home and share with family at home. This activity is a nice departure from the normal science classroom, and the excitement and smiles on the children’s faces is proof it was successful! This lab will be making its way around all of the elementary schools this spring.
Classes are gearing up for the annual Bethel KidWind Challenge to be held on April 24th. Seventh graders are learning about renewable energy while testing different blade designs by varying the shape, pitch, blade material, and number of blades among other variables. Once they think they have discovered the best blade design, they will begin designing and building blades in their team of 3. The top two performing teams from each class will advance to the challenge held at Meadow View School, where seventh graders from other schools will compete against one another. Good luck all!
Students from Prairie Mountain chose the right day to do their stream study! The weather cooperated and although they did not have to get wet, many chose to “dive” right in. Each student in Pam Brand’s class was assigned a job, anywhere from collecting macroinvertebrates, to testing for dissolved oxygen, to measuring the pH of the water, all in their backyard at the Amazon canal. There was even a safety crew making sure kids were not in the way of bikers or pedestrians on the path. Each year students learn about water quality in the classroom, then they take their newly learned skills and practice them in the field.
It’s that time of year again. 6th graders begin to learn about the life cycle of the salmon, both by raising them in their classroom, and going out and seeing the salmon in person on their Salmon Watch field trip to Whitaker Creek. This is a highlight every year for the students, as heard by the cheers and clapping when the eggs arrive in the cooler! Each classroom receives 100 eggs to take care of and watch develop. Once they reach the correct number of temperature units, the salmon are released at a site at Alton Baker Park…and the cycle begins again!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!