Oregon Science Teachers Association
 
 

Conferences/Events



Upcoming events

    • August 07, 2017
    • August 11, 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Raleigh Hills K-8, 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225
    • 20

    This 5 day workshop is an active, hands-on experience designed for middle school science teachers who want to see what NGSS looks like in the classroom and to learn about the instructional shifts that are needed for the implementation of NGSS. Teachers will explore how lessons and units in earth. life and physical sciences can be three-dimensional — including the three components of the NGSS: Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Scientific & Engineering Practices.


    Teachers will actively conduct investigations and design engineering solutions to problems in science that can be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. You will walk away with strategies and resources that can be used right away, and the tools that will help you to "Next-Genify" lessons you are currently using. NGSS 3-D assessment, student discourse, and anchoring phenomenon that drive instruction will be featured. Many resources will be provided as well as ready to use lessons.


    This course is taught by instructors Susan Holveck and Berkeley Gadbaw. Berkeley is currently teaching middle school and has been implementing the lessons and activities that you will learn in her classroom. Susan guides teachers in NGSS implementation for grades K-12 in the Beaverton School District.


    32 Professional Development Units will be provided for completing this set of workshops.


    To receive the member rate for this workshop, you must log in to the website before registering for this event.

    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.



    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.

    • August 10, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, 5211 N Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

    Join the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s team of experienced outdoor educators for a day of learning how to make outdoor education a regular part of your school year curriculum.

    • Using school grounds for inquiry-based science activities.
    • Ready-made science lessons and activities that integrate Common Core State Standards and NGSS.
    • Best practices for leading successful and safe outdoor learning activities.
    • Resources available for loan from the Estuary Partnership.
    • How to overcome real or perceived barriers to bringing the learning outdoors.
    • Peer learning and celebrating what you do already!  

    Workshop Flyer


    6 PDUs offered for this workshop

    For questions email Tonya McLean or call, at 503.226.1565 x244


    This event is open to everyone, OSTA Member or not.

    However, we respectfully request that if you are, or have been, an OSTA member, that you log in to the website before registering for this event. 


    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.


    • October 12, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • OMSI, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    • 199

    Join your colleagues as we celebrate science educators who have demonstrated professional excellence.


    Join us at Theory, OMSI's cafe for food and drink starting at 4:30pm. Dinner will be served at 5pm, and the awards program will start at 5:30pm.  


    After the event, enjoy an evening at OMSI exploring the exhibit halls, experience STEM programing and demonstrations by museum educators.


    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.


    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration without paying online.  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the invoice with your check to the the OSTA Registrar at the address below.


    OSTA Conference Events

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd., #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.


    • October 13, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

    This workshop is by application only. Click here to apply.

    What happens when the “Big One” hits the Pacific Northwest? How do we get clean, safe water for our daily needs when water systems may be down for weeks? This scenario motivates a design activity to design and build a personal water purifier. The module starts with an introduction of the LifeStraw, an inspirational invention created to reduce misery and save lives in locations where fresh potable water is not available, and launches students into an inquiry phase to learn about common environmental contaminants and the purification properties of common materials.  This data is then used by student teams to design their own “personal water purifiers” that can remove various types of pollution, from particulates and protozoans to acids. The module combines core ideas in life science and chemistry to integrate science with engineering design and invention let students solve a problem of high relevance to our region.

    This workshop is sponsored by the PSU College of Engineering/MESA and the Lemelson Foundation. Participating teachers will receive a set of integrated curriculum materials (slides, worksheets, resources) and a full set of matching classroom supplies to support teaching the module, and an opportunity to join a cohort of supportive colleagues.

    Presenters are Mihir Ravel, Cary Sneider and Jennifer Wells, research faculty at Portland State University.

    3 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

    This event is open to everyone, OSTA Member or not.

    However, we respectfully request that if you are, or have been, an OSTA member, that you log in to the website before registering for this event. 


    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.


    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.


    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.


    • October 13, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Oregon National Primate Research Center, 505 NW 185th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97006
    • 25
    Instructor: Berkeley Gadbaw
    Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
    Audience: Middle School

    Come join us for a look into an NGSS aligned unit on space! See how engaging your students in a challenging phenomenon can drive instruction and provide a framework for teaching cross-cutting concepts such as patterns, systems and system models, and scale, proportion, and quantity. You will learn how students can use modeling to make predictions about the world around them and add to their model as more information is gathered. In addition, we will use a computer simulation to model gravity and its components.

    4 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

    To receive the member rate for this workshop, you must log in to the website before registering for this event.

    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.



    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.

    • October 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Oregon National Primate Research Center, 505 NW 185th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97006
    • 24
    Instructors: Lynda Jones & Dr. Mary Zelinski
    Location: Oregon National Primate Research Center
    Audience: High School


    Learn a new way to enhance biology teaching and student learning using real-life biomedical technologies. This NGSS-aligned, National Institutes of Health-sponsored, free web-based approach to teaching basic biological concepts has students assume the role of oncologists who specialize in cancer treatment. Concepts are informed by a new field of medicine, “Oncofertility”, encompassing technologies to preserve fertility in patients before cancer treatment. Learn how to integrate cancer and therapies, cell division, anatomy, physiology, cryopreservation, fertility preservation, stem cells, ethics, and epigenetics into biology. Hands-on activities include exploring optimal cryopreservation solutions for storing tissues and a biomaterial that maintains 3-dimensional cellular structure.


    Lunch will be provided for this workshop.


    4 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.


    To receive the member rate for this workshop, you must log in to the website before registering for this event.

    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.



    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.

    • October 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 50

    Instructor: Dr. Lisa Nyberg, California State University, Fresno
    Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
    Audience: K-6


    Learning about science begins with investigations of engaging questions: How does that work? How can I solve that problem? Why do things sink or float? How does the toy make sound? See how engaging questions and meaningful investigations help students build understanding of science concepts while giving purpose to literacy skill development. 


    How can you make learning accessible through the use of carefully selected questioning strategies that promote analytical thinking? Experience hands-on investigating strategies integrated in a dynamic model to engage powerful instructional practices focused on Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards!


    NSTA Press author, Dr. Lisa Nyberg has worked for over thirty years as an educator of students ranging from preschool to graduate school.  She has worked as a classroom teacher, university professor, author, and educational consultant. Her teaching has been recognized by a number of awards including:  the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and the National Science Foundation Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science. Businesses have also acknowledged her work with the OMSI/Techtronix Award for Excellence in Teaching and the American Electronics Association Award for Science Teacher of the Year. Her work has been featured on The Disney Channel Salutes the American Teacher; PBS SCIENCELINE, and Learning Science Through Inquiry television features.  


    4 Professional Development Units will be provided upon completion.


    To receive the member rate for this workshop, you must log in to the website before registering for this event.

    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.



    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.


    • October 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 25
    Instructors: Bradford Hill & Matt McCollum
    Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
    Audience: High School

    This hands-on session aims to engage participants in a cross-curricular Texting & Driving project. This learning progression, like the 5 others that make-up the Patterns Approach to Physics, integrates PBL, Modeling, and the science and engineering practices. In abbreviated form participants in the session, will begin with the request from Health students to create a customizable App (spreadsheet) that predicts the distances involved while texting and driving, then design solutions, plan and conduct experiments to determine the mathematical models needed to code the App, propose evidence based solutions, and then code it. Participants are asked to read a short article prior.

    4 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.


    To receive the member rate for this workshop, you must log in to the website before registering for this event.

    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.



    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.


    • October 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Oregon National Primate Research Center, 505 NW 185th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97006
    • 24
    Instructors: Caitlin Everett & Charlotte Denis
    Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
    Audience: High School

    This workshop focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of modern biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers will experience the Patterns Approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences into their instruction. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data. Resources and unit plans with a scope and sequence that address the NGSS high school life science discipline will be shared.

    4 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

    To receive the member rate for this workshop, you must log in to the website before registering for this event.

    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.



    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.

    • October 13, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

    This workshop is by application only. Click here to apply.


    What do we do when the power is down and the lights go out? This module expands on this real-life situation to let students explore the basics of chemical generation of electricity by exploring practical chemistry and designing their own emergency battery and LED light.  Moving beyond the typical qualitative lemon battery experiment, students engage in a team design project to systematically investigate the electrochemical properties of different metals and common household electrolytes (vinegar and lemons, but also coke, coffee, salt and Smarties!) that could be used to make a emergency battery to power a night light. This data is then used by the teams to design and optimize batteries that can power an LED emergency light for several nights.

    This workshop is sponsored by the PSU College of Engineering/MESA and the Lemelson Foundation. Participating teachers will receive a set of integrated curriculum materials (slides, worksheets, resources) and a full set of matching classroom supplies to support teaching the module, and an opportunity to join a cohort of supportive colleagues.

    Presenters are Mihir Ravel, Cary Sneider and Jennifer Wells, research faculty at Portland State University.

    3 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

    This event is open to everyone, OSTA Member or not.

    However, we respectfully request that if you are, or have been, an OSTA member, that you log in to the website before registering for this event. 


    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.


    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.


    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.


    • October 13, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Oregon National Primate Research Center, 505 NW 185th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97006
    • 25
    Instructor: Berkeley Gadbaw
    Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
    Audience: Middle School

    Come join us for a look at how middle school students can engage in two (rockets and hot packs) meaningful, data informed engineering tasks. We will collect and share data that enable us to make better engineering design decisions. In this class I will model ways to have students use white boards to make their thinking visible and how to conduct a "board meeting" to share data as a class. We will also use the cross-cutting concepts to better explain what is happening in each of these design tasks in terms of matter and energy.

    4 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

    To receive the member rate for this workshop, you must log in to the website before registering for this event.

    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.



    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.

    • October 13, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

    This workshop is by application only. Click here to apply.


    What is sound? Why does the sound from a guitar or saxophone sound “musical”, and why does a guitar sound different from a ukulele or a violin? To find out, students engage in a number of activities to explore the properties of sound waves, vibrating strings, and resonators. A structured scientific inquiry of strings under tension using using a phone app lets students generate their own engineering data for designing a stringed instrument. The student teams then design and build their own stringed instruments mapped onto a specific frequency scale, and taking into account the role of harmonics and resonances that give musical sound its pleasant  richness.

    This workshop is sponsored by the PSU College of Engineering/MESA and the Lemelson Foundation. Participating teachers will receive a set of integrated curriculum materials (slides, worksheets, resources) and a full set of matching classroom supplies to support teaching the module, and an opportunity to join a cohort of supportive colleagues.

    Presenters are Mihir Ravel, Cary Sneider and Jennifer Wells, research faculty at Portland State University.

    3 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

    This event is open to everyone, OSTA Member or not.

    However, we respectfully request that if you are, or have been, an OSTA member, that you log in to the website before registering for this event. 


    If you have forgotten your password, just select "forgot password" after entering your e-mail address* and a temporary one will be provided.  

    *You will need to use the e-mail address that is associated with your membership if you use more than one e-mail address.


    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.


    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.



    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.


    • October 14, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 1200 SW 49th Avenue Portland, OR 97219
    The Oregon Science Teachers Association's 56th Annual Fall Conference on Science Education

    Full STEAM Ahead: Unleash the Power of NGSS

    October 14, 2015
    Portland Community College
    Sylvania Campus
    1200 SW 49th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97219

    Conference Schedule

    Friday, October 13:

    • Pre-Conference Workshops & Tours
    • Happy Hour/Early Registration
    • Awards Banquet

    Saturday, October 14:

    • General Session
    • Concurrent sessions
    • Exhibitor displays & give-a-ways

    We have an exciting program planned!
    Membership in OSTA has grown to over 800 K-16 teachers. Our regional workshops have engaged our members and heightened the awareness of the importance of teacher professional development in science. We are expecting between 300-400 teachers in attendance.

    There are other options to show your support for science educators at this conference by sponsoring activities during the conference, such as our awards event, early registration, conference lunch or snacks.

    Early Bird Discount!
    Register your organization by April 30, 2017 and receive a discount.  Use Registration Code OSTA17 with the Earlybird Registration.

    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button.  This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.


    Paying by check?
    Complete the online registration and click the "Invoice Me" button. Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the invoice with your check to:

    Oregon Science Teachers Association 
    2017 Exhibitor Registration
    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025
    Portland, OR 97214

    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org, or to the address above.
    • October 14, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Early Registration ends August 31st

    Advanced Registration ends September 30th

    Events Scheduled

    Thursday, October 12:
    Awards Event @ OMSI*
    OMSI Educator Evening


    Friday, October 13:

    Pre-Conference Workshops & Tours*
    Happy Hour/Early Registration


    Saturday, October 14:

    General Session
    Concurrent sessions
    Exhibitor displays & give-a-ways

    *Registration fees for workshops, tours, and awards event are separate, and may be added when you register for the conference.  Seating is limited.

    8 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

    OSTA Members: Log in before registering to access the membership rate.
    WSTA Members: Get the registration code to access the WSTA membership rate.*

    Not a member?  A regular membership is just $25.  Join here! Then, log in to register.

    To pay using a credit or debit card:

    Complete the online registration.  Click the "Pay online" button. This will take you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, just check out as a guest.



    Paying by check?

    Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:


    OSTA Registrar

    4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

    Portland, OR 97214-5246


    Will your district be paying?

    • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
    • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
    • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

    To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

    • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
    • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
    • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
    If you have any questions please contact OSTA's Registrar at registrar@oregonscience.org.

    *WSTA Members require a registration code.  Please contact your WSTA Representative, Carol Sandison at carols@solidnet.com

    Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. Send any requests to the registrar at Registrar@oregonscience.org.

Past events

June 03, 2017 Action Research Conference: Communities of Practice Around Elementary Science Education
June 01, 2017 OSTA Eclipse Workshop & Networking Event
May 11, 2017 Secondary Science Unconference-May 11th
May 03, 2017 1st Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science: Biomimicry Unit Support Session
April 29, 2017 NGSS Earth Science for Middle School Science Teachers
April 27, 2017 2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science: Diversity of Life: What are Plants Up To?
April 24, 2017 1st Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science: Biomimicry Unit Support Session
April 20, 2017 Secondary Science Unconference
April 20, 2017 2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science: Diversity of Life: What are Plants Up To?
March 18, 2017 NGSS Life Science for Middle School Science Teachers
February 16, 2017 Secondary Science Unconference-Feb. 16th
February 11, 2017 NGSS Physical Science for Middle School Science Teachers
February 02, 2017 1st Grade NGSS Aligned Physical Science: Light and Sound Waves Unit Support Session
January 31, 2017 Get Your Hands on Science!
January 25, 2017 2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Physical Science-Matter Unit: Frozen Puddles/Melting Chocolate
January 25, 2017 2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Physical Science-Matter Unit: Frozen Puddles/Melting Chocolate
January 23, 2017 1st Grade NGSS Aligned Physical Science: Light and Sound Waves Unit Support Session
November 11, 2016 Elementary Day @ NSTA
November 10, 2016 OSTA/WSTA Awards Program @ OMSI
November 09, 2016 NGSS for Middle School Science Teachers
November 09, 2016 Biology for the Next Generation
November 09, 2016 Chemistry for the Next Generation
November 09, 2016 Physics for the Next Generation
November 09, 2016 Using Science to Promote Language and Literacy for All Elementary Students
October 13, 2016 Secondary Science Unconference
October 12, 2016 1st Grade NGSS Aligned Earth/Space Science: Patterns of the Sun, Moon, Stars Unit Support Session
October 10, 2016 2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Earth Science: Changes to the Land Unit Support Session
October 06, 2016 2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Earth Science: Changes to the Land Unit Support Session
October 06, 2016 1st Grade NGSS Aligned Earth/Space Science: Patterns of the Sun, Moon, Stars Unit Support Session
August 26, 2016 Kindergarten NGSS Workshop @ High Desert ESD
August 26, 2016 Living on the edge… of the Cascadia subduction zone: Teacher professional development for a schools-based slinky seismometer network for Lane County, Oregon schools.
August 17, 2016 Kindergarten NGSS Workshop @ Lane ESD
August 09, 2016 NGSS for Middle School Science Teachers
August 05, 2016 Kindergarten NGSS Workshop @SOU
June 25, 2016 OSTA Board Kinder NGSS Training
May 25, 2016 GAPS Elementary Unconference
May 21, 2016 Integrating Common Core with Outdoor Science Education
May 19, 2016 Living at the Edge of the Cascadia Subduction Zone: Teacher Professional Development for a Schools-Based Slinky Seismometer Network for Lane County, Oregon Schools
May 17, 2016 Regional K-12 Unconference
May 14, 2016 Living at the Edge of the Cascadia Subduction Zone: Teacher Professional Development for a Schools-Based Slinky Seismometer Network for the Coos Bay Region
May 12, 2016 PDU Certificate Request for All Standards, All Students
May 12, 2016 All Standards, All Students: Utilizing Rich Language and Rigorous Science Instruction to Ensure Equitable Access for All Students
May 03, 2016 Climate Reality with Bill Bradbury
April 28, 2016 High School Science Unconference
April 14, 2016 Region 1 Social and ISEP Lecture
April 13, 2016 Kindergarten NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit Support Session
April 04, 2016 Kindergarten NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit Support Session
March 10, 2016 LEGO Robotics Workshop
February 04, 2016 Science Education UnConference
January 25, 2016 Kindergarten NGSS Aligned Force and Motion Unit Support Session
January 13, 2016 High School Science Unconference
October 17, 2015 2015 Awards Banquet
October 17, 2015 2015 OSTA Fall Conference
October 17, 2015 2015 OSTA Fall Conference Exhibitor Registration
October 16, 2015 2015 Pre-Conference Tours
October 16, 2015 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops
September 30, 2015 Chemistry & Physics Unconference
May 16, 2015 Region 4 Gathering
May 09, 2015 Region 1 Meeting @ Intel STEM Center
April 18, 2015 Region 1 Meeting @ OMSI
March 07, 2015 Region 1 Meeting @ Mt. Hood Community College
February 28, 2015 Region 1 Meeting @ Lewis & Clark College
February 26, 2015 Region 6 Meeting @ Crux Fermentation Project
February 21, 2015 Region 1 Meeting @ OMSI
February 12, 2015 OSTA Social before Theodore Gray's Linus Pauling Lecture
January 10, 2015 Region 2 meeting
October 10, 2014 2014 Awards Banquet
October 10, 2014 2014 OSTA Fall Conference
October 10, 2014 Exhibitor Registration for 2014 OSTA Conference
April 26, 2014 Board Meeting
March 08, 2014 NSTA Virtual Conference--NGSS practices in action
March 07, 2014 Annual Retreat
February 07, 2014 Annual Retreat
November 09, 2013 OSTA Board Meeting
October 24, 2013 OSTA/WSTA Awards Reception
October 24, 2013 NSTA Conference
October 05, 2013 OSTA Board Meeting
June 15, 2013 OSTA Board Meeting
May 17, 2013 Imagine Tomorrow Competition
May 15, 2013 STEM FORUM & EXPO--Early Registration deadline April 19.
May 04, 2013 OSTA Board Meeting
March 22, 2013 NOBCCHE WEST REGIONAL MEETING
March 21, 2013 Marquam Hill Lectures-OHSU-Biology
March 16, 2013 14th Annual Brain Awareness Season
January 11, 2013 Annual Retreat
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