EWEB Grant

Competition underway



Helen Lucas and Allison Sanders made it to Anaheim and are currently readying for their interview at the AWEA Windpower National Convention. They have also been exploring all the conference has to offer. Seen below is Helen using virtual reality to dissect and reassemble a wind generator in mid air! Good luck in the competition to this twosome!


Willamette High School Students advance to Nationals





In Chris McGowan’s “Women in Engineering” class, students build a wind turbine from scratch, and then typically compete in a local or regional challenge. This  year, there weren’t any other high school teams to compete against locally, so they took their turbine to the Portland competition at OMSI.

Jon Roschke, the northwest KidWind coordinator,  proclaimed the team, consisting of Helen Lucas and Allison Sanders as,  “Best in the Northwest” by far.  Judges were three young engineers from the Portland area and commented that these two really knew their stuff, from CAD design to fabrication to knowledge of the subject matter.
Winners of the regional competition are invited to compete at the AWEA Windpower National Convention, being held in Anaheim, California this year on May 24th and 25th. More than 40 teams of middle and high school students will convene here.  The competition involves wind tunnel testing, judging by engineering staff, instant competitions, and student presentations.  Top performers win cash and prizes but the real reward for the students and coaches is the connections they make with other students and the wind industry.

Good luck to our Eugene team! An EWEB grant will help fund this trip, along with donations from the community. If you wish to donate, please contact Chris McGowan @ chris.mcgowan@bethel.k12.or.us.



Top teams bring turbines to compete

On April 21st, the top two teams from 7/8th grade classes in the district brought turbines that they built to compete against their peers at Meadow View School in the 4th annual Bethel/EWEB KidWind Challenge.  Students were interviewed by EWEB employees about their knowledge of the subject  and that score was then combined with their turbine output score.
Congratulations to: The “Secret Service’s” Nic Adams, Ashton Mason, and  Eric Tillotson from Meadow View in Sarah Baumann’s class took third place. In second place was Allison Bradshaw’s team, “Shasta B”, Aly Alderette and Caitryn Gilliam. And In first place was Marty Greydanus’ team, “Big Steve” consisting of Caleb Burke and Tyler.
A special thank you to all of the participating teachers: Sarah Baumann, Katie Eyles, Mandy Redmond, Lorena Needham, Marty Greydanus and Allison Bradshaw for taking on this sometimes “messy” project with your students! Also, thanks to the many volunteers from EWEB that helped interview students and run wind-related activities during the competition.

Time to test turbines



Some 7th and 8th grade students at Prairie Mountain, Meadow View and Shasta middle schools have been spending lots of time in the wind lately! They have been learning about renewable energy and how to build the most efficient wind turbine blades possible. Students first try with pre-made blades to test different variables. After collecting data and sharing with their peers, they are then on their own in teams of three to build their own design. The top two winners from each class will move on to the 4th annual KidWind Challenge to be held at Meadow View School on April 21st.


4th graders experiment with Motion and Design


Meadow View students in Mrs. Woods class recently had the opportunity to design their own vehicle to test a variety of variables. Motion and Design is an EWEB supported science kit for fourth grade in which students use K’NEX building pieces to build their vehicles and explore effects of force, friction, and wind resistance on speed and distance.  Children love this hands-on unit that allows them to create and test hypotheses.  They are able to repeatedly evaluate and refine designs which makes the learning fun!

Teachers become students

Believe it or not, your teachers do not know everything! Occasionally they need to attend a training to learn more about what they will be teaching. In this case, six teachers from the Bethel School District attended a Solar and Electric Car training on March 14th, provided by EWEB grant coordinators, where they not only learned about renewable energy, but also how to build an  electric vehicle and a solar car. They are now ready to bring the unit to the classroom after discovering for themselves the possible loopholes, frustrations and management tips. Thank your teacher today for constantly continuing to learn!!

Discovery Lab coming your way!

Second and third graders at Irving Elementary recently had the opportunity to participate in the EWEB sponsored Discovery Lab. Students visited many stations at their own pace, including activities such as making a balancing man, a wind vane, a water maze and a pond in a tube to name a few. All of their make and takes were put in a bag to share with parents at home. Next in line are students at Prairie Mountain, Danebo, Meadow View and Malabon. Parents are encouraged to help. Volunteers are needed to run the various stations. Come see what it is all about!

Salmon in action

Sixth grade students from Shasta, Cascade, Prairie Mountain and Meadowview Schools were all able to take field trips to Whitaker Creek to see salmon spawning. Professionals in the field were available to teach them about the salmon life cycle, the importance of macro-invertebrates, the riparian zone and water quality. The annual salmon watch trip is a highlight for many students after studying about and raising salmon eggs in their class. They are able to put into practice what they have learned indoors, out in the field, making for a fun-filled, highly educational day.

The salmon are here!



Fifteen lucky classrooms received 100 Chinook salmon eggs on October 26th from the Leaburg Fish Hatchery. These science students will learn how to care for the fish, keep the tank at the appropriate temperature, ammonia and pH level so that they can learn about the salmon life cycle. They will log temperature units daily so that they can predict a hatching date. Once hatched, the salmon will be set free in the Willamette River. This experience helps prepare 6th graders for their eventual Salmon Watch trip that happens each November.

Drop into a 6th grade science class and check out the egg development!

Science kits coming soon!




The 2016-17 science kits are stocked and ready to be delivered. If you haven’t yet registered for your science kits for the year, there is still time. Don’t forget to inventory it when it arrives, and again before you return it. This really helps us in our turn-a-round time! Have fun exploring the world of science!