Monday, February 25, 2013

Willamette Center Rain Garden

Our first field trip was to the newly installed rain garden at the Willamette Center (27th & Willamette Street). This rainscaping project is the first of its kind in Eugene. Commercial property owners, private investors, the City of Eugene, and the Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) have collaborated to retrofit an existing building to manage storm water. The building's proximity to Amazon Creek lends to the importance of reducing and treating runoff for healthier and safer urban waterways.

Recording observations using our senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell

Adding a reagent to the water sample

Measuring pH

Measuring water temperature

Inspecting another section of the rain garden with hand lenses

For more information on the Long Tom Watershed Council and projects in our area, 
check out their website:

Monday, February 18, 2013

Water Cycles, States of Matter, and Clouds in a Bottle

During our first meeting we used movement to simulate water molecules in different states of matter (solid, liquid, gas), modeled the water cycle, and discussed fresh water scarcity. 

The kids enjoyed passing and popping balloons the most. The balloons represented water traveling through the water cycle: condensation, precipitation, evaporation. 

Bill Nye video "The Water Cycle Rap" - worth watching!

We ended our day by creating a cloud in a bottle which shows the rapid interchange of water vapor (gas) to water condensation (liquid) with a change in pressure. 

A link to the cloud in a bottle demonstration if you care to repeat. Some kids had trouble seeing the cloud because it appears and disappears very quickly.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rain Gardens

A video on how rain gardens and other green techniques 
can slow down storm water and help filter pollutants from runoff.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome Edison Kinder River Spies!

During this session, we will spy upon our local watershed and be part of a storm water retrofit monitoring project. We will investigate water quality along Amazon Creek, search for aquatic macroinvertebrates, and examine sources of stream pollution. We will also explore water cycles, properties of water, filtration, and watershed formation in several experiments and activities. 

A reminder that our first meeting is Thursday February 14th from 11am to noon. We will be on Edison campus in Brian's room (#17) and around the school yard. 

On Thursday February 21st, we will be out in the field conducting some water quality testing. We have enough parent volunteers who will be providing transportation on our outings. Thank you volunteers!

Keep checking this blog for pictures, updates, and links. I am looking forward to reporting our young sleuths' discoveries!