Category Archives: STEAM
Some of classroom chinook salmon eggs are hatching in all three of our classroom incubators, and we expect the rest to follow very soon into the alevin stage. Our goal is to release our salmon in Hess Creek, where we held our outdoor school, sometime either mid December or the first full week of January. Stay tuned for more “development!”
To see a video clip of our eggs and newly-emerged alevins, click the following link. You will need a Facebook account and will need to join the Classroom Salmon and Trout Hatching group page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/997938803562949/
A big thanks to Ethan, Sophia, Kannan, Austin, and Cecilia for their school board presentations about our recent outdoor school and salmon project! They did an outstanding job! We also presented the School Board one of our most recent canvas salmon block prints.
Our salmon eggs arrived yesterday and they are now acclimating to our classroom incubators, which will be their temporary homes for a few months. Each class incubator now contains between 180 and 220 eggs. The eggs are less developed than in past years, so our targeted release date range is the week before winter break at the earliest or the first week of January. Weather permitting, we plan to release our salmon in Hess Creek, the site of our recent outdoor school. Stay tuned for more “developments.”
One of our outdoor school stations focused heavily on the “A” in STEAM. The salmon tile art project started in class at EY where students traced nature-related designs on tiles. During the outdoor school session, they carved out portions of their tile to create a stamp that would later be used for printing. The day after outdoor school, Joel and Roxy Thomas worked with our students in small groups to use water-soluble ink to create a canvas print that depicts a salmon in with a state of Oregon outline. Just like a few years ago, the print turned out great. We plan to have at least one print available for our EY Auction this winter, so be looking for that!
It was a tad bit warmer today and the focus was water. Students engaged in learning about hydrology, macro invertebrates, salmon anatomy, and water quality. A big thanks to Joel, Clyde, Roxy, and Susy for their expertise and instruction, George Fox University for allowing us to learn on their campus, and to all our chaperones!
Even though it was quite chilly and breezy, the sun was shining and our students received a healthy dose of outdoor learning at George Fox University’s campus canyon along Hess Creek. The focus today was on riparian zones, all the living things you can find along a stream bank and around rotten logs, an nature-related art project, and learning how to tie useful knots and some fishing rod casting practice. Tomorrow the focus is on water quality, hydrology, macro invertebrates, and salmon anatomy.
Our students were tasked with helping aliens (large marshmallows) land their spacecraft safely on Earth so they could share their amazing pizza recipe. The goal was for the aliens not to be ejected from their craft (small paper cup on an index card) from heights in multiples of one foot. Students were only allowed to engineer landing gear that focused on stability and shock absorption below the card using available materials. Later, the task was changed to eject the aliens because their evil plan was revealed, and doing so without their platform (index card) touching the Earth due to it being dangerous to the planet.
Students used their prior knowledge from previous experiments about energy transfer and insulators to engineer an efficient insulated hot beverage. Students tested their cups with warm water and monitored heat loss for a twenty-minute span and collected temperature data.
We used the last truly warm day this fall to test out the solar ovens. After 20 minutes in the sun, some of the temperature probes measured 160+ degrees inside! Thank you again, to Renee at Newberg’s Pizza Hut for donating the boxes students used to make their ovens.
Our first annual STEAM Night was a hit with blasting rockets, an interactive sandbox, sterling engines, and more great stuff! Thanks to our local groups and companies for making this all possible! A huge special thanks goes out to former EY student Hadley Massey for her countless hours of organization she put into the event as well!
Chehalem Valley Watershed Project
Yamhill-Carlton Middle School Rocketry
Newberg SD Health
Newberg LibraryMaker Space