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.

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!