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Thank you, EYST!

A big THANK YOU goes out to Parent Club (EYST) for fully funding new EV3 robotics kits. We now have the most up-to-date kit versions that will keep our program running for several more years. Today they were unpacked and labeled. Tomorrow they will be in the hands of our students. Thank you to all, too, who donated time, effort, and funding to our Bingo/ Auction NightEarlier this month to make this purchase possible.


Geology & Oil Spill Engineering 

We are concluding our Oil Spill Engineering and geology unit. After learning about erosion, deposition, and weathering, students explored how an oil spill affects an ecosystem and the tools and methods needed to clean it. Students worked in groups to experiment with a variety of materials to clean a spill. Later they worked with a budget to clean up an oil Spill in a lab setting. Students had the opportunity to improve their designs and reflect on the experience. Our students also were fortunate to enjoy a presentation by PGE environmental specialist, Corey Carlson-Ham.

Plant Package Containers

Our students recently collaborated with TRIPAQ manufacturing to design and create containers for plant packages students designed this fall. The cardboard containers arrived this week. Students assembled the boxes to see how well they fit the packages. They also created a short video clip in the SeeSaw app explaining what they did and how well their container fit according to the specifications they sent to TRIPAQ. The videos will be posted on soon on SeeSaw so that students can share with their family members. Lastly, students received the design plans for their box that TRIPAQ designers developed. Students were able to assemble miniature versions of their box to take home. What a great project, and a big thanks to TRIPAQ for making this all possible!

Click on the photo below to view many more! Packaging Containers

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.

Engineering Extravaganza Workshop

For students interested in an engineering experience on a non-school day, October 14, check out the link to a workshop for fourth and fifth graders.

An Engineering Extravaganza



It’s Robotics Season Again!


2016-05-02 10.15.04It’s already that time of year! Students are building their training bots today and will start programming tasks this week and they will soon be exploring how to use light sensors.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Designing Animal Membranes

Presently our students are investigating the guiding question-

“How do bioengineers use natural objects to inspire human-made technologies?”

More specifically, our students are problem solving ways to design artificial animal membranes in order for animals to survive when they are apart from their natural habitats. The first investigations focused on what membranes are and how they work. An upcoming project is for students to design, test, and improve an artificial membrane based on previous experience.

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Designing Parachutes

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During the month of February our students investigating the guiding question-

  • “How do the thickness of an atmosphere and the design of a parachute affect the speed of a falling parachute?”

Students used the engineering design process and worked in collaborative teams to create solutions and solve problems with parachute design.


UPDATE: 3/13/15, Materials needed for Engineering Unit


After spring break our students will be engaging in an engineering design unit called Designing Plant Packages. The unit requires many different materials. Over the next two weeks we need to collect the following materials for the unit. If you have any that you would like to donate, please send them with your child.

Thank you Mrs. Waldal and the Human Bean coffee shop for all the 1/2 gal cardboard containers. We have most of the supplies we need now. Thanks.

What’s still needed?

(10-20) 2 liter plastic bottles