Monthly Archives: November 2016

Poetry Contest


We just learned that the Cascadia Poetry Contest is taking place again this year. We had one student who was published last year, and it would be great to have some submissions from EY again this year. Our fourth and fifth graders are currently reading, analyzing, and writing poetry in the CKLA program, and there have been many fabulous poems written by our students thus far in their poetry books. Students can use the poems they have already written. They just need to be typed according to the the specifications in the contest rules. Teachers will be introducing this contest and sending home a flier as well. The submission deadline is December 31st, 2016.

STEM Virtual Field Trip


Today our students took a virtual field trip via Facetime to TRIPAQ manufacturing. The company manufactures a wide range of custom package products. EY teacher, Mrs. Johnston’s sister, Mrs. Liddle, works for TRIPAQ, and she hosted our trip through the processes of package design, package graphics, and the mass production of packaging solutions for many products. This experience falls right in line with our current design engineering project on designing plant packages. Our next step will be for our students to design and create plans with specifications for a plant package carrying cases. They will send their plans to TRIPAQ, who in turn will use the plans to create packages and ship them to us for assembly. A big thanks to Mrs. Liddle, Mrs. Johnston, and all involved at TRIPAQ who took time out of their busy day to make this tour possible.  Cool stuff! Stay tuned.

Plant Package Engineering

Plant Package Engineers in action: Students studied the needs of plants and also the many functions of packages. Their task was to create a package for a live plant out of either a carton or bottle. Plants were placed inside on Friday, and today student groups analyzed and scored their plants’ health and packages according to certain criteria. The next phase is to identify the functions that need improving, and in collaborative groups, improve upon the previous design.

Gelatinous Earthquakes

Recently our students studied waves and part of that study involved how earthquake waves work. This learning was combined with an engineering task to design and construct a structure with various constraints that would withstand and earthquake. The quake was simulated with a pan of jello. After the initial quake and aftershocks, student teams improved their designs for a second trial.