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Drawing Machines

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!

Cat Toy Engineering Quality Control

How can we make a cat toy that is affordable, durable, and engaging?

Today each team's creation went through Quality…

Posted by Dawn Reed, Teacher on Monday, December 3, 2018

Cat Toy Engineering Project

How can we make a cat toy that is affordable, durable, and engaging?

This engineering project allows for a lot of…

Posted by Dawn Reed, Teacher on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Oil Spill Engineering Final Simulation

We concluded our Oil Spill Engineering unit last week with a final simulation.  Earlier, students worked in groups to experiment with a variety of materials to clean a spill. The task involved creating a plan to efficiently clean a simulated oil spill without exceeding budgetary constraints. Later, students had the opportunity reflect on how they would improve their designs.

Oil Spill Engineering Project

During the last couple of weeks our STEAM attention has been on examining how humans can impact an ecosystem. Last week…

Posted by Dawn Reed, Teacher on Monday, November 12, 2018

Spaghetti Engineering Challenge

The first day of the 2018-19 school year was exciting. Our STEAM challenge: Groups of 4 had 16 minutes, 20 spaghetti noodles, and 1 yard of masking tape to build a tower that would support a jumbo marshmallow on the top.

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!

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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.