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  • 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

  • December 13, 2016 1:28 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program that honors and challenges two graduating high school science students from each state.  

    Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates.  Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members.  Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research.  

    A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities.  The NYSC experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking opportunities.  

    Delegates are required to participate in the camp program (June 14 - July 8, 2017) for its entirety as the fast-paced activities and remote location make travel to and from the NYSC very difficult.  More information is available online at www.nysc.org.

  • December 13, 2016 1:07 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    K-8 Oregon Science Teacher Leader NGSS Institute – Bring Back Ready To Teach Lessons For the NGSS


    The Activate Learning Science Teaching 101 - NGSS Workshop is a unique opportunity to develop school-based leaders (teachers, principals, and administrators) who can sustain the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in grades K-8.

  • December 13, 2016 1:00 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness. You and your students are invited to participate in the 2017 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). Registration is open! To register, please visit the USABO websitehttps://www.usabo-trc.org/

    Registration closes January 16, 2017. For more information on how your school can participate, contact Kathy Frame, USABO Director, at kframe@cee.org.

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