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Zane Middle School
Background and Mission
Zane Middle School is a 6th - 8th grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Magnet School located in Eureka California. In 2013, Zane partnered with Humboldt State University around STEM education. In 2014, this partnership resulted in Zane partnering with ENGR215 Introduction to Design to build sustainable infrastructure. Since then, Introduction to Design and Zane Middle School have entered into a long-term partnership resulting in significant sustainable infrastructure and curriculum augmentations to Zane Middle School.
Zane's mission is "...to ensure that our students expand their knowledge and skills while enhancing their self-worth and personal responsibility within a nurturing environment that provides challenging learning opportunities tailored to the unique needs and interests of middle-level learners."
The Spring 2017 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Zane Middle School to design and build sustainable and educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-8 STEAM education at their Eureka, CA location.
CompostA two bin compost system for the garden. LED pendulum wave machineAn inspiring crystal LED pendulum to teach about waves. SundialAn sundial in the concrete entrance that relies on students to tell time. Standing fidget deskA fidget desk solution to the modern fidget craze and science. Shake tableAn earthquake simulator machine that is powered by a drill. Portable green screenA large portable green screen for the video editing class. Camera obscuraAn antique inspired modern camera obscura. Movable instrument storageA robust solution to inadequate violin and viola storage. tessellating concrete pathConcrete path beautification of the main entrance using a tessellating falcon stamp. Mulch MakeoverA new landscape design, which incorporates plants that are drought tolerant, evergreen, and low maintenance.
Here is some press from 2017:
The Spring 2016 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Zane Middle School to design and build sustainable educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-8 education at their Eureka, CA location.
Robotics Competition TableA table constructed for Lego EV3 Mindstorm sumo robotics competitions. Interactive WatershedAn interactive watershed model to demonstrate point and non-point pollution. Vacuum BazookaA vacuum bazooka demonstration that launches projectiles using pressure differential. Square WheelsA square wheel demonstration that challenges the norm while demonstrating mathematical concepts. Lego MakerspaceA mobile Lego work-space with storage capacity. Permeable PathwayA permeable pathway connecting existing permeable and impermeable paths. Concession CartA concession cart for Zane Middle School students to use during snacktime. Gutter RepairAn innovative solution for gutter waterfalls in the Zane Middle School quad. Mobile GreenhouseA mobile greenhouse for students to grow their own starts. Mobile Wedging TableA mobile wedging table for the ceramics department.
The Spring 2015 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Zane Middle School to design and build sustainable educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-8 education at their Eureka, CA location.
Disc golf courseA 9-hole disc golf course created from upcycled materials. Triangle of LifeAn aesthetically pleasing landscape that serves as a hub of activity for students. Native memorial gardenAn upgrade of the memorial garden including pervious concrete paths and native plants. Rainwater gutter fixA simple gutter fix using upcycled street signs and designed to match the campus. Animal visitation centerA chicken coop and separate goat enclosure that are both designed to be inside a classroom. Resonance demonstrationA visual demonstration of resonance made from recycled redwood, subwoofer and metal. Solar stationA solar powered charging station that can power robots, phones, and any USB charable device. Probability machineA 3ft x 5ft quincunx probability machine made from upcycled wear plates. Archimedes screwpumpA classroom device that demonstrates the engineering and science behind water transportation. Multiple rocket launcherA six-shot paper rocket launcher using PVC, solenoid valves, a Schrader valvevand a bicycle pump. Recyclable cleaning stationA cart used to clean cafeteria recyclables.
The Spring 2014 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Zane Middle School to design and build sustainable educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-8 education at their Eureka, CA location.
Bernoulli Bike BlowerA bicycle powered machine to demonstrate the Bernoulli principle. Garden UpdateA major upgrade of the existing garden focusing on easy maintenance. Rainwater CatchmentA rainwater catchment system to support the garden and edible landscaping. Upcycled Disc GolfAn upcycled disc golf basket using skateboards and a 55 gallon drum. Songbird RefugeAn songbird refuge made from replicable upcycled components in a songbird corridor. Bridge Competition TesterA testing machine for testing during bridge building competitions. Edible LandscapingAn integrated edible landscaping on the Zane campus. Mobile GreenhouseA mobile greenhouse for starting seeds that wheels from class to sun. Upcyled CaddyA system of upcycled caddies for use in the classroom.
Here is some of the press from 2014: