Category Archives: STEAM
Last month students got to do one of our favorite projects: Drawing Machines. This project allows students to experience energy transfer–chemical to electrical to mechanical energy. The conversations that happen feature deep, creative thinking. This is problem solving disguised as an engineering project!
Over the last two weeks, students have experimented with wind turbine blades. They analyzed the differences in the amount of power generated by different numbers of blades, and then by changing the pitch of the blades. This week they are designing and testing their own blades. They will also compare their constructions with the pre-made blades that come with the wind kits. There is a lot of math happening in this unit!
With a drenching series of rainstorms headed our way, we released our chinook salmon in Hess Creek today on a chilly morning, but under fair skies. Even though our fish were not quite at the fry stage (still have partial egg sacs), they seemed to adapt to their new environment quite well. Perhaps in 3-4 years, a few of these salmonids will return to Hess Creek as adult salmon ready to spawn for future generations. We’ll raise and release another batch of salmon in the fall of 2021. Next year, our focus will be to raise rainbow trout and release in another waterway.
Click this link to view our fish last week while still in the incubators. You will need a Facebook account to view the video clip.
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.