Another Fabulous Week at Eagle Bluff!

We had two visiting schools come down to Eagle Bluff this week–Farnsworth Aerospace and Sky Oaks Elementary. They were able to take advantage of our snow during class before it all melted this weekend.

The 8th graders from Farnsworth Aerospace were here Monday through Wednesday. During their stay, the students learned more about earth’s geologic history and search for fossils in Earth Exploration, work together as a team during Group Challenges, understand more about SE Minnesota’s landscape in Karst Geology, and face their fears and enjoy the views on East Treetops during their stay. As with all groups, they took part in our Food Waste Challenge, and were able to meet their goal by reducing their food waste at each meal. Congratulations!

Here are some photos from Group Challenges and Earth Exploration:

Human Knot during group challenges with Cami

Human Knot during group challenges with Cami

Working on the human knot during Group Challenges with Cami

Working on the human knot during Group Challenges with Cami

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Rock Cycle Ruckus

Rock Cycle Ruckus

Trying to escape the volcano!

Hoping to escape the volcano!

Spending a lot of time as a Sedimentary Rock!

Enjoying her time as a Sedimentary Rock!

Rock Cycle Ruckus! during Earth Exploration with Emma

Rock Cycle Ruckus! during Earth Exploration with Emma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the second half of the week, Sky Oaks Elementary brought their 6th graders down for an enjoyable three days. The four learning groups learned more about SE Minnesota’s cultural history during Ridge Oneota as well as the landscape during Karst Geology. They participated in our newest class, Inside Energy, in which they popped popcorn, calculated Eagle Bluff’s renewable energy resources, and learned how to reduce their CO2 use. One of the highlights of the trip came Wednesday evening when the group went out to watch the Geminids Meteor shower and look at constellations with their liaison, Stephanie.

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Learning about Eagle Bluff’s Wind Turbine.

Calculating how we compare to other nearby turbines.

Calculating how we compare to other nearby turbines.

How many turbines would Eagle Bluff need to run on wind energy?

How many turbines would Eagle Bluff need to run on wind energy?

Calculating the difference in energy between a wind turbine and a coal fired power plant.

Calculating the difference in energy between a wind turbine and a coal fired power plant.

A discussion about Eagle Bluff's wind turbine.

A discussion about the wind turbine.

The students hold up their clipboards used for calculations.

The students hold up their clipboards used for calculations.

The turbine passes along the energy.

The turbine passes along the energy.

The start of production

The start of production

The power lines are bringing the engery

The power lines are delivering energy.

The energy is delivered to a home to turn on a lamp!

The energy is delivered to a home to turn on a lamp!

Surprised by how much energy is lost along the way...

Surprised by how much energy is lost along the way…

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Learning about ways to decrease our CO2 emissions.

That's a big balloon!

That’s a big balloon!

Adding CO2 to our big red balloon!

Adding CO2 to our big red balloon!

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Doing an activity that demonstrates how a solar panel functions.

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