Do you teach second or third grade? Would you like to immerse your students in a morning of hands-on science acitvities? Sign up to lead the 2/3 discovery lab for your school! This lab includes 8 activities that will enlighten and engage your students. They can make a balancing man, a wind vane and a pond in a tube, all of which they get to take home. Please email Cathy Bechen at Cathy.firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this opportunity.
For nineteen years running, teams from 4J, Springfield, Crow, Fernridge, Bethel and more have been competing on the first Saturday in June with solar cars built in their science classes. Bethel had a stellar showing with three top place finishers in the competition! Mr. Wright’s Meadow View team consisting of Kiara Borja, Gabby Bartlett and McKenzie Crawford placed third in the art car with their beach scene. It even contained a live fish swimming around in a bowl on their car! Mrs. Greydanus from Shasta had two speed car teams in the final with Donavan Carlson, Deen Khaleif and Chase Johnson placing second. Ms. Redmond from Prairie Mountain had a car built by Jade McCarty that placed third in the design contest. Great job to all the participating teachers and students!
On April 8th, the annual EWEB-sponsored, Bethel KidWind Challenge was held at Meadow View School for interested area participants. Students designed and built their own wind turbine in class, then competed by testing it in a wind tunnel and answering interview questions. Winners were:
Middle School Competition:
1st place: Shasta Middle School’s Chris Lonergan and Jerusalem Morris
2nd place: Cascade Middle School’s Kyndra McKernan, Maddie Blankenship and Zane Grace
3rd place: Shasta’s Chloe Van Sant, Kyla Smith and Cole Macklin
High School Competition:
1st place: Kalapuya High School’s Heather Harvey and Alyssa Smalling
2nd place: Willamette High School’s Helen Lucas, Allison Sanders and Janelle Upshaw
3rd place: Kalapuya’s Sarah Lander, Tyas Scott and Peter Rann
Heather Harvey and Alyssa Smalling (above) are advancing to the National Competition at the American Wind Energy Conference being held May 22-25th in New Orleans with their winning turbine pictured here. Another winning team from Cascade Middle School consisting of Devin Allen, Daniel Edwards and Quinn Peters, who won at a regional competition in Portland last year will be attending as well.
Get ready! The 3rd annual Kidwind Challenge is being held at Meadow View this year on Friday, April 8th from 10-2. Students from Willamette, Kalapuya, Shasta, Prairie Mountain, Cascade, Meadow View and Gateways School in Springfield will be competing with a wind turbine they made in class. Teams earn a power score after being tested for 60 seconds in the wind tunnel. This score is then combined with their interview score, administered by U of O students, to get a final score. Winners will be awarded prizes. The high school team earning first place will have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in New Orleans in May of this year! Come watch– you will be blown away!
Last year, three students from Cascade won the Regional Kidwind Challenge held in Portland, after advancing from the local competition held at Willamette High School. Because the National Kidwind Challenge is held every other year, The Blazing Hurricanes, consisting of Devin Allen, Daniel Edwards, and Quinn Peters have been invited to go to the competition in New Orleans being held this year in May! Only problem…they had to fund their way. With a Go Fund Me account, a lot of creative fundraising (i.e. students and faculty paid fifty cents for a piece of duct tape to tape Quinn Peters to the wall), and a very determined and hard-working teacher, these three students have earned their way and will be going with Ms. Calkins on May 21st to compete in the challenge being held at the American Wind Energy Conference. Good luck Blazing Hurricanes!
Ms. Calkins, a teacher at Cascade Middle School, found herself in a sad place when she learned her teaching role would no longer involve teaching a wind turbine unit that she thoroughly enjoyed and valued for her students sake. For that reason, she formed an engineering design after-school club for interested students. Currently they are working on the EWEB- sponsored wind turbine project to design their own turbine. Winners from the class will advance to the local Kidwind Challenge being held in April.
Eighth grade students at Prairie Mountain have begun testing wind turbine blades. Students in Ms. Redmond’s and Mr. Weller’s classes are testing pre-made blades of differing sizes, shapes, lengths and pitches. They will then share their data with their classmates to determine which blades perform the best. With that information, they will be ready to design their own blades. They will compete amongst their peers to see who’s turbine can produce the most energy. Stand by!
Thanks to Kalapuya teacher Bruce Weinberg, area middle and high school teachers learned about wind engineering in an all day workshop held at the Bailey Hill Instructional Center in December. Bruce has been teaching energy science, combining it with engineering and math in his STEM-focused class for a few years now. His expertise was crucial in developing a new and improved turbine design for our middle school teachers to use with their students. His workshop helped teachers learn about gearing, blade design, wind speed and more. Teachers are now ready to teach their students how to build a powerful, energy-producing turbine.
Irving kindergarteners and first graders got in on a fun, science discovery day! Su Roehl, with teacher and parent help, hosted the K/1 discovery lab for their school. Students were allowed the opportunity to play with a variety of magnets and water toys, as well as make windmills, magnet men, and a little greenhouse to take home. It is always a fun way to “discover science!” If you would like to make this happen for your school, please email Cathy Bechen.
Each year the Salmon Stewards of Lane County team up with the McKenzie Watershed Council and many volunteers to provide salmon watch field trips for Bethel students at Whitaker Creek. Recently Mr. Milano’s class from Cascade went on this trip. In small groups the students studied water quality, learned about the riparian zone, looked for macro-invertebrates and received in-depth instruction about the life cycle of a salmon from a fish biologist. The highlight for most students was seeing tons of spawning salmon! There are still nine 6th grade classes that will be out to witness this beautiful sight throughout November. Please let Cathy Bechen know if you would like to volunteer on one of these field trips.