Oregon Science Teachers Association

Events Scheduled
See details below, updated as events are confirmed.

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.

Interested in Exhibiting?

See confirmed exhibitors below

Interested in Sponsoring or Donating?

See our Donation Page

Submit a Proposal and Share your Expertise!

Proposals are being accepted for sessions in the following  strands:

Phenomenon: Exploring Your World
This strand is about the student's journey of exploration of their world. It is about the student experience, not the teacher telling the story of the journey.

Goals: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrate how phenomenon can be used to focus a unit and lessons within a unit.
  • Demonstrate that phenomenon driven instruction brings relevancy and lets students understand why they are learning science.
Equity: All Aboard!
This strand focuses on the need for cultural relevancy in science teaching so all students have access and can participate in the science journey. Let's utilize the science and engineering practices as the ticket to increase access and engagement.

GoalsProvide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:
  • Creating cultural relevancy in your classroom.
  • Increasing/improving instruction utilizing NGSS science and engineering practices.
  • Increase/improving student literacy and communication in science.
  • Illustrating effective pedagogical strategies for NGSS implementation that support diverse student populations.
  • Identifying diverse groups and developing appropriate plans to differentiate instruction.

Generating Energy Through the Interconnectedness of STEAM
This strand is about powering student engagement by interconnecting science with technology, engineering, arts and math.

GoalsProvide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:
  • Demonstrate how NGSS standards can be bundled with other curricular areas to increase student engagement and relevancy.
  • Demonstrate lessons illustrating STEAM principles in an original or redesigned unit or lesson.

All Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

  • Adhere to the strand description and intent.
  • Align with one or more strand goals.
  • Are based on current and available research.
  • Involve participants through activities and/or discussion.

Our policy, like the policy of the National Science Teachers Association, is that session presenters are required to register for this conference. However, as a small measure of appreciation for presenting at this conference, we will provide confirmed session presenters a discount on the registration fee. We will also be providing PDU certificates to presenters, in addition to the attendance PDU certificates.

Submit your proposal!

Deadline for proposals is
June 30, 2017

Continuing Education Credit

  • Conference participants will be able to sign up for one Portland State University graduate credit at the conference. In addition to attendance at the conference, a two page summary of sessions and Keynote speaker, as well as a short lesson will be required.  The cost will be $160. See Terry Shlaes at the conference, or email her at Shlaest@loswego.k12.or.us for more information.

  • 8 PDUs will be provided to Oregon Educators for attendance on Saturday.

  • 4 PDUs will be provided to Friday workshop attendees.

  • Clock Hours will be made available to Washington educators.

Coming from out of town?

OSTA has secured a block of rooms near PCC at the
 Comfort Suites Inn for October 12-15, 2017. Comfort Suites has offered a group rate of $110 for a king bed suite, and $115 for a 2 queen bed suite, double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.  An additional charge for each extra adult is $10. Children under 18 can stay free in the same room as their parents.  Free wifi and breakfast is included in this room rate.

The special room rate will be available until September 21, 2017, or until the group block is sold out.  Make your reservation by calling 503-768-4400 and identify yourself as a member of the Oregon Science Teachers Association group.

Friday, October 13th: 

Confirmed Workshops

These Friday workshop sessions are meant to be deeper dives into the subject matter, four hours in length. The workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience the subject as a student with the opportunity to discuss with colleagues how they can implement the ideas into their classrooms.

Registration fee for workshops will be $75, and may be added when you register for the conference.  Space is limited.

Cancer Medicine Focus Enhances Biology Curriculum
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.

NSTA Press: The Power of Questioning and Investigating
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!

Physics for the Next Generation
: 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.

Confirmed Exhibitors

Accelerate Learning

Carolina Biological Supply

Houghton Mifflin Harcort


Activate Learning

Catalyst Learning Curricula


NW Technical Products

Anatomy in Clay

Cognitive Surplus

McGraw Hill Education

Vernier Software & Technology

California Casualty

FOSS science

American Chemical Society

Doterra Oils

Oregon Health & Sciences University


Cascade Mountain School

Friends of Outdoor School

Oregon Health Authority

University of Oregon Academic Extension

Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Program

Oregon National Primate Research Center

US Geological Survey

Civil Air Patrol


OSU College of Engineering


Education in Classrooms & Outdoors

Oregon Department of Education

OSU Extension Services


Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries

Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals

Diack Ecology Education Program

Oregon Forest Resources Institute

SEE Turtles

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