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  • February 19, 2017 2:29 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Educators this summer will work with the Maijuna indigenous group on field research and sustainable development projects in the newly formed Maijuna-Kichwa Conservation Area in Peru.  Colleen McDaniel from Vernier Software will join us for some data collection projects using LabQuest II.

    Please share this information with any Environmental Science Educators you know who might be interested.

    Information Links: 



    Download a copy of the grant application that is due March 7.

    Questions? Contact Phil Kahler at philk@tvja.org 

  • February 14, 2017 12:46 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    High School and Junior College Biology Teachers

    July 10-12, 2017

    Join Mary Zelinski, Ph.D., a Research Associate Professor at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, to learn about how she is working to provide options to patients who face infertility due to cancer treatments.

    • Experience hands-on lab activities that you can bring back to your classroom!
    • Meet other scientists and learn about their work addressing polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis ─ conditions that also lead to infertility.    

     Space is Limited. Contact Lynda Jones at jonesly@ohsu.edu for more information.  

  • January 26, 2017 10:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Summer courses at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology are listed below. The summer application deadline is May 30th.

    For more information and an application please visit our website http://oimb.uoregon.edu/academics/summer/

    We offer four 8-week courses (June 26-August 18, 2017):
    Invertebrate Zoology
    Marine Birds and Mammals
    Biology of Fishes
    Seaweed Ecology

    Short courses:
    Biological Illustrations (June 24-25July 1-2)
    Ocean Acidification (July 15-16, 22-23)
    Introduction to Experimental Design and Statistics (Aug. 21-25, Aug. 28-Sept.1)

    Two week course in September (Sept.2-16):
    Tropical Marine Biology in Panama

    For more information please see our website

  • January 10, 2017 11:34 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The National WWII Museum is looking for 28 5th-8th grade science teachers from across the country who want to spend a week in New Orleans learning how to teach hands-on minds-on science connected to WWII history. The cohort will spend a week in July in New Orleans, with workshops at the Museum, and a day and a half at the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Materials Research Institute for. Travel, room, and most meals are paid.

    For more information:


  • January 10, 2017 11:32 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Oregon science teachers now have the opportunity to advance STEM teaching skills, learn effective new strategies for teaching physics, and receive graduate credits with new online courses: https://njctl.org/teacher-education/online-courses/  

    The courses are taught by The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) - a nonprofit run by teachers to advance student achievement in math and science, and provide a simple, scalable solution to our country’s immense STEM teacher shortage. 

    CTL is the leading U.S. provider of free, editable course materials for K-12 math and science instruction; and has become the #1 producer of physics teachers in the country. 

    Now, a partnership with Colorado State University -Global Campus is enabling teachers around the country to fully benefit from CTL’s offerings with online courses. 

    You can choose your level of study to improve your students’ outcomes and advance your career:

    • Learn a highly effective student-centered teaching methodology for STEM that is applicable from kindergarten through early college that reduces the stress of lesson planning with free, editable course materials.

    • Achieve a strong grounding in the core principles of algebra-based physics – Teachers with backgrounds in a full range of academic fields can not only learn physics themselves, but also how to engage and inspire all high school students to master physics.

    • Learn proven methods for teaching AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2, and how to boost student outcomes.

    All courses can be pursued on your own schedule, provide graduate credit and are applicable to a Master’s Degree at CSU–Global.


    Now you have an opportunity to take your skills to the next level and give your students access to the life-changing empowerment of high quality STEM education.

  • January 10, 2017 10:04 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce Washington University’s 2nd annual chemistry tournament on April 8, 2017. 

    The Washington University Chemistry Tournament (WUCT) is an annual chemistry competition held on Washington University’s campus in St. Louis, MO. The competition invites high school students across the nation to participate in a series of individual and team-based chemistry exams, engage with college students and faculty, and earn recognition at an awards ceremony. WUCT emphasizes real world applications of science and promotes fundamental problem-solving and teamwork skills. The first tournament was held in April 2016 and had 180 high school students across the nation travel to the Washington University campus. We are planning to host over 300 participants in our upcoming competition.

    Registration is open NOW! For more information, read our FAQ or email us at wuct@su.wustl.edu.

  • December 15, 2016 8:54 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Oregon AWARE partners with educators and childcare providers to help students and their families have a better understanding of basic disease prevention, appropriate antibiotic use and how they can avoid antibiotic resistan

    We provide education on the appropriate use of antibiotics and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  One of the resources that we have been developing over the years is a high school curriculum intended for 9th-10th grade biology or health students. It consists of two 45-60 minute modules. The modules cover such topics as:

    • What are bacteria?
    • How do they cause disease?
    • What are our natural host defenses?
    • What are antibiotics and how do they work?
    • What is antibiotic resistance?
    • What has led to the problem of antibiotic resistance?
    • How do we combat antibiotic resistance?

    Additional information is available on the AWARE website:


  • December 13, 2016 1:37 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Deepen your science content knowledge, interact with working scientists, and gain valuable resources for your classroom withSeminars on Science, the American Museum of Natural History’s online professional learning program. The 6-week online courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences are co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators and are accessible on your schedule. Graduate credit is available from our university partners.


    The next session starts January 30th. Save $50 when you use code SCIENCEMATTERS.


    Courses include: Climate Change; The Diversity of Fishes; Earth: Inside & Out; Evolution; The Ocean System; Sharks and Rays;and Space, Time and Motion.


    For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn. If you have any questions, send us an email at learn@amnh.org or call (800) 649-6715




    The Seminars on Science Team

  • December 13, 2016 1:33 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The following scholarships are available for current HS students who will be attending OSU in the fall and majoring in engineering. 


    1.       $64,000 award over 4 years ($16K per year for 4 years) for one female 2017 HS female graduate of an OR high school who will attend OSU in fall 2017 and major in any of the 14 majors in the College of Engineering. Selection criteria: the student has a passion for “changing the world”!

     See more at: http://wme.engr.oregonstate.edu/navarrette-engineering-scholarship

    2.       $1,000 award for women who begin first year studies in electrical engineering or computer science. Must apply by Jan 15, 2017 http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/women-eecs-scholarship

  • December 13, 2016 1:29 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Attend and participate in one of our 2017 KidWind Teacher Workshops and KidWind Challenges.  The workshop (for an estimated 25 educators) is designed to introduce teachers to wind energy concepts and show them how to integrate renewable energy education into their classrooms.  The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on learning opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of wind energy and compete against their peers with their own uniquely designed and newly constructed wind turbine models.

    What is a KidWind Workshop (90-sec video)

    What is a KidWind Challenge (90-sec video)

    Educators or "coaches" don't have to be formal teachers.  Club organizers, scout leaders, and even just moms and dads have organized groups of kids grades 3-12 to participate in KidWind Challenges across the country.  Teams will compete for prizes, and the top finishers in local challenges are invited to the National KidWind Challenge to be held in Anaheim, CA, in May 2017 at the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference and trade show.

    2017 Workshops (all Saturday, 9a-3p)

    Boardman, OR

    January 7

    Ellensburg, WA

    January 7

    Medford, OR

    January 21

    Seattle, WA

    January 28

    2017 KidWind Challenges

    Boardman, OR

    March 18

    Seattle, WA

    April 1

    Ellensburg, WA

    April 8

    Ashland, OR

    April 22

     Portland, OR  April 29

    Register here: https://www.kidwindchallenge.org/events?category=all

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