Wind Energy Unit

Our wind energy unit was wonderful. Thanks to a grant from the VWR Foundation, we were able to purchase 20 Vernier Wind Energy Kits. Students learned about and explored circuits, collected/analyzed voltage and power data, designed turbine blades, experimented variables such as blade pitch, blade quantity, fan speed, resistance, and turbine distance.


Drawing Machine Collaboration with GFU Staff and Students

Ashley Lippard, parent of 2 of our students and professor at George Fox University, brought some of her design students to our rooms today. They helped our students to create a branding and logo for their drawing machines. What a way fun way for our students to close out this project and to be exposed to some possible career choices if product design has sparked their interest!

How Does a Drawing Machine Work?

Here is a video clip showing a drawing machine in action.

Drawing Machines

Can you make a drawing machine using only a cup, mini motor, AA battery, eraser, 4 popsicle sticks, 2 alligator clips, foil, paper clips, masking tape, and markers? Our students can!

Using Data to Make Predictions

More awesome learning about wind energy! Students using data to make predictions!

Chehalem Creek Chinook Salmon Release

On Friday we released our salmon. Ideally, they would have been a bit older and their yolk sac would have been smaller, but with winter break fast approaching and sunny weather last week, we went ahead and placed 1/3 of them in Chehalem Creek (with permission from ODFW as a result of our Outdoor Education work) and 2/3 of them in the Willamette River. Here’s a Go Pro clip!

Investigating Wind Energy!

Our students are now shifting their STEAM learning to the study of energy, mainly through the use of our new Vernier mini-wind kits. The kits were purchased via a grant from the VWR foundation. The program integrates science content, practices, technology, math, and engineering in a very collaborative, hands-on, and engaging way. We will continue this project after winter break.

Salmon Release


Last week we bid farewell to the chinook salmon we have been raising in our classrooms since late October. We had hoped to have our students participate in releasing all of our fish in Chehalem Creek where we conducted our outdoor school project. It was very muddy there from the previous week’s rains, so we changed our game plan a bit. Mrs. Willcuts and Mr. Evers released one-third of the fish in Chehalem Creek, and we had our students release the remaining two-thirds in the Willamette River at Roger’s Landing. As Ewing Young Park develops, we hope to have greater access to the creek during the winter months for projects, and perhaps our students can be a part of that process.

Earthquake Data

Ewing Young has a strong motion sensor for measuring seismic activity installed on the school property. Here is a screenshot of the data from the Mollala quake today. eQuake

4/5 Class Party

From Soozie McDonald. Hoping the link will work this time!- This is the sign up to help with the 4/5 Holiday Party.!/showRSVPSignUp/60b0f48afaa28a1f85-holiday