A few times during the trout hatching project, we need to do a partial water change to keep the ammonia levels down. Ammonia levels that are too high are harmful to trout.
Our EY 24 Math Competition Team was small but mighty! This year 3rd graders were invited to participate. Their rounds were for fun rather than competition. Vincent was our lone 3rd grade representative but he is now recruiting friends for next year! Representing 4th grade were Jack, Michael, and Vada, while our 5th graders were Norris, Tanner, Trevor, and Ty. All 7 of our 4th and 5th graders qualified for the quarterfinal rounds for their respective grade levels and ultimately Trevor captured 3rd place and Ty was the champion. Congratulations to all 8 of our “mathletes” and thank you for representing Ewing Young with solid math skills and great sportsmanship!
Once again, our 5th grade students represented EY well with excellent behavior, sportsmanship, and teamwork at the Newberg 5th Grade Track Meet. Our students also gave their best effort on the field and the track, and there were many ribbons earned. Great job, 5th graders. Click on the link below to view several photos of the event!
Our students are off and running with the new EV3 Robotics kits. Students are working in groups of three. The 5 C’s of Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Citizenship form a foundation of our program. Mathematics skills and concepts involving graphing, geometry, measurement, and statistics are embedded continuously as they solve tasks to learn necessary programming skills needed for meeting more complex challenges. When they master the initial set of tasks, they earn their EV3 Robotics Driver’s Licenses. Student engagement has been high and there’s more fun ahead.
Walking Portland Bridge Tour today: Our tour guide, Nathan Hoover (www.pdxbridgetours.com), took us from ODOT to the Burnside Bridge, Steel Bridge, Vera Katz Esplanade (a floating walkway), & Union Station for lunch. Next, our buses took us up to the OHSU tram which we rode, then he led us across the new Tilikum Crossing bridge. Altogether it was somewhere between 5-7 miles of walking. The students loved it, and should sleep well tonight
A big THANK YOU goes out to Parent Club (EYST) for fully funding new EV3 robotics kits. We now have the most up-to-date kit versions that will keep our program running for several more years. Today they were unpacked and labeled. Tomorrow they will be in the hands of our students. Thank you to all, too, who donated time, effort, and funding to our Bingo/ Auction NightEarlier this month to make this purchase possible.
Students took 14 steps that are part of the Engineering Design Process and worked in trios to organize them. Most groups thought linearly but one group showed it as a cycle. The discussions about WHY to place steps in certain places were rich! (There is not a correct answer to this. Some steps–such as Research–could logically occur at several times during the process.)
We are concluding our Oil Spill Engineering and geology unit. After learning about erosion, deposition, and weathering, students explored how an oil spill affects an ecosystem and the tools and methods needed to clean it. Students worked in groups to experiment with a variety of materials to clean a spill. Later they worked with a budget to clean up an oil Spill in a lab setting. Students had the opportunity to improve their designs and reflect on the experience. Our students also were fortunate to enjoy a presentation by PGE environmental specialist, Corey Carlson-Ham.
Our students were privileged to be part of a virtual video chat via Google Hangouts with Andrew Buckley, a journalist from the Cape Cod, MA area. Mr. Buckley is very knowledgeable about the history and geography of Cape Cod, and more specifically the Chatham, MA region. Recently a beach to the south of Chatham Harbor experienced a breach due to erosion, and it formed a new waterway. This all happened on April 1st, and it has been aptly named Fool’s Channel. Our focus in STEM right now is Geology, and specifically on the cause/effect relationships of erosion, so this was the perfect opportunity to learn from a resident expert about a real-time event. We had planned on our virtual chat on Friday, but our wind storm and power outage forced us to reschedule to today. It all worked out well in the end, and it was a great learning experience for us all.
Last week we received our rainbow trout eggs from the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. The eggs originated from the Roaring River fish hatchery near Scio, Oregon. It did not take the eggs long to hatch. We were greeted this morning with two incubators full of 500 smiling alevins (trout with egg sacs attached) and all seem to be doing well. Over the next month students will study how trout (and other organisms) survive in ecosystems as how organisms’ external structures their functions help aid survival. More pics coming soon!