Ambitious young scientists at local schools will put their best skills to work this year with help from Snohomish County PUD. The utility recently awarded 13 mini-grants for science education projects in several school districts. In the process, students will learn about solar energy, electrical circuits, hydropower, energy conservation and other topics. The grants help schools incorporate energy and water education into their curriculum. The following teachers and schools received support for the 2016-2017 school year:
Edmonds School District
Chase Lake Community School, Jody Wallis, 4th-6th grade
Students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) club will learn about renewable energy and then will design and build their own wind turbines for participation in the local 2017 KidWind challenge this spring.
Edmonds Heights K-12, Robin Waldron, 3rd-10th grade
After studying sources of energy and using Snap Circuit kits to learn how to create circuits, students will design and wire their own model houses using open and closed circuits.
Lynndale Elementary, Stacey Sateren, K-6th grade
After studying solar energy to strengthen students’ energy literacy, solar materials will be used for an after school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) class and for a STEAM Family Involvement event.
Westgate Elementary, Charles Ridley, 4th grade
Students will use various solar materials for a hands on experience that will challenge them to think about solutions for the energy needs of the future.
Everett School District
Whittier Elementary, Richelle Shively, 2nd and 3rd grade
Students will use the scientific process while conducting controlled experiments with solar cars to reinforce the concepts of energy transfers/transformations and energy conservation.
Granite Falls School District
Monte Cristo Elementary, Debra Rose Howell, 4th-6th grade
Students will work in groups to first design and assemble solar cars. Then they’ll set-up experiments, collect data and race their solar powered cars as a hands-on learning experience at the end of a unit on energy and electricity.
Lake Stevens School District
Skyline Elementary, Heidi Finley, 5th grade
All 5th grade classes will create solar powered buildings, which will be used to create a solar powered city using the engineering design process. Once built, students will design a flowchart to show the flow of energy in the city.
Marysville School District
Totem Middle School, Cindy Vetter, 6th grade
Students will design, build and test model houses with different insulation materials. They will then use a thermal camera to test their houses for heat loss or gain and adjust their designs as needed.
Monroe School District
Maltby Elementary, Michelle Riske, 3rd-5th grade
Students will learn about wind and water as sources of renewable energy through a series of hands-on projects and experiments with building and adjusting the models of the energy sources.
Mukilteo School District
Mukilteo Elementary, Carolyn Henri, K-2nd grade
After learning about what energy is, various renewable resources and how to conserve energy, students will use solar cells to power motors, fans and music boxes. The project will give them hands-on experience with a renewable energy source.
Voyager Middle School, David Watt, 8th grade
Students will take a field trip to the PUD’s Woods Creek Hydroelectric Project and a salmon restoration project in order to understand how electricity is generated at a local river. They’ll discover environmental impacts of hydropower and the scientific, economic and ecological components of energy production in the region. The field trip also will allow students to see career opportunities in the energy and engineering fields.
Snohomish School District
Centennial Middle School, Lori Strickland, 7th grade
Students will first learn about where their electricity comes from, the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources and the impacts they have on our environment. Using the engineering design process, students will then design, build, test, evaluate and redesign blades on model wind turbines.
Emerson Elementary, Kim Moritz, 3rd grade
Students will build solar cars and then will race them on various days. They will record data after changing different variables to learn that solar energy is an energy source that people can use at little cost.