Monthly Archives: February 2018

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.

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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!