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  • June 01, 2016 6:14 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    More information and registration at: http://genomicsforeveryone.org/course-materials-genomics-in-the-classroom/

    “Genomics”—defined as the study of the functions and the interactions of all the genes in living organisms, including their interactions with environmental factors—is an area where people of all ages lack the background to understand and evaluate the new popular press headlines reporting genomics-based research. As genomics continues to influence healthcare and our fundamental understanding and manipulation of the world, it is becoming vitally important for everyone to have a basic understanding of the genome sciences and technologies, and the ethical, social and policy ramifications of their application. This is especially true for high school students who always will be the beneficiaries of the promise of genomics in their future.


    Gregory Fowler, PhD
    Affiliate Associate Professor
    Department Public Health & Preventive Medicine
    Oregon Health and Science University

    Senior Research Associate,
    School of Community Health
    Portland State University

  • June 01, 2016 5:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Our next Educator Evening is Tuesday, July 12 from 5:30-8:00pm. The event is an informal gathering of teachers and pre-service teachers with the theme being “space science” so we’ll be showcasing some fun, hands-on activities you can share in the classroom. The reception starts at 5:30pm with refreshments and cash bar. Activity demonstrations and museum exploration will be from 6:00-8:00pm. This is a great chance to see our upcoming Space exhibit!


    Educator Evenings (formerly known as Teacher Pub) offer educators a tour of OMSI exhibit halls and STEM-programming as well as demonstrations and hands-on activities with museum educators. This experience gives teachers opportunities to engage in classroom-ready, hands-on activities and take-away resources encouraging implementation of STEM activities in the classroom. OMSI received funding from Boeing to offer Educator Evenings between April and November 2016.


    To RSVP, please click here.


    What you should know:

    • Please bring your school ID with you if you are a teacher or your student ID if you are a pre-service teacher. At this time, we cannot accommodate friends and families of our teacher participants.
    • We will provide free snacks as well as beer and wine for purchase. Remember to bring your ID.
    • We will have a very short survey for teachers to fill out after the event. By filling out the survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing for free prizes!
    • Spread the word! We’d love your help promoting the program.

  • June 01, 2016 5:28 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    ASM Materials Camp-Teachers

    Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences

    Oregon City, Oregon

    July 11-15, 2016

    To Register

    Who Should Attend?

    • High School Teachers: Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Industrial / Vocational Technology
    • Middle School Teachers: Physical Science
    • Pre-Service Science Teachers
    • Art, Math, and Community College Teachers, as space allows

    Why Attend?

    • Learn how to engage your students using simple, low-cost experiments that you can integrate into your existing lesson plans
    • Help your students discover career opportunities in science and engineering

    What’s Included:

    • 4 CEUs, demonstration materials, lunches & snacks 

    Graduate Credits Available:

    • 2 graduate level credits are available for $250 through the University of Missouri-Kansas City (optional)


    Jeane Deatherage, Administrator of Foundation Programs jeane.deatherage@asminternational.org; 1.800.336.5152 X5533


  • June 01, 2016 5:26 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Book your summer adventure with the American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science and save 15%!*


    Explore new topics this summer with 6-week online courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences.  The courses, co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators include The BrainClimate ChangeEarth: Inside and OutEvolutionGenetics, Genomics, GenethicsThe Ocean SystemThe Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more. The second summer session of the Museum’s online teacher education program begins July 11th.  Registration ends June 27th.


    Graduate credit is available from our university partners. 

    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 us at 800-649-6715.




    The Seminars on Science Team


    *15% discount offer ends June 27, 2016. Discount applies to course fees only and cannot be applied to graduate credit fees. Cannot be combined with other promotions. Code: celebrate15

  • June 01, 2016 5:13 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)
    Learn methods and strategies to enhance and extend students’ Outdoor School experiences. Participants will come away with the content knowledge, skills and materials needed to develop and use natural-resources-based lessons that are aligned with Outdoor School curricula, state standards, and statewide environmental literacy programs. The lessons can be used in the field or the classroom, before or after the students attend Outdoor School.

    Many dates and locations to choose from.

  • June 01, 2016 5:05 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Summer Transportation Institute at Portland State University

    When: July 11-22, M-F, 9am-4pm. Orientation will take place 7-9pm on July 7th 

    Where: Portland State University Campus, with many fun field trips around the city.

    Cost: FREE! You will get learning materials, lunches and transit passes for field trips.


    1. You are a self-identified girl entering 9th-12th grade
    2. You have completed algebra or will be enrolling in algebra next term (3) You have a minimum of 2.0 GPA

    Go to our website and apply online. Applications will be accepted until the Institute is full. You will be notified within two days of your application status. You will also need a teacher, counselor, or other adult not related to you to fill out a recommendation form, which is also on our website:  http://trec.pdx.edu/education/summer-transportation-institute

    If you have any questions, please email Sarah at sed@pdx.edu or call 503-715-6731. 

  • June 01, 2016 4:59 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Many middle school students play or watch sports. What better way to get them involved in learning STEM topics than with an interactive, online curriculum centered around the fast-paced game of ice hockey?

    The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center is offering a Professional Development Workshop this summer for middle school educators (formal and non-formal) who teach in any of the STEM areas, individually or collectively. The curriculum we will focus on (Future Goals) was designed by EverFi and funded by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey Players Association. It is an online program, compatible with all platforms, and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It consists of 4 sets of 3 modules (approximately 3 hours of instruction) that covers topics including:

    • Area and Geometry (circles and angles)
    • Kinetic & Potential Energy/Newton’s laws/States of Matter
    • Respiration & Circulation - Engineering Design
    • Data analysis

    UP faculty will lead you through this free curriculum and strengthen your content knowledge in the respective background areas to enable you to comfortably use this program with your students in the Fall! Staff from EverFi will lead you through the technology to set up your class and collect pre/post test data from the modules. Teams of teachers (e.g., math and physical science) are encouraged to attend!

    What: Free PD and Curriculum

    When: August 15-18, 2016, 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM each day Place: University of Portland, Shiley Engineering Building Cost: FREE

    For a 2 minute preview of the curriculum, go to: Future Goals Preview

    Ready to register? Send an email to morrell@up.edu with your preferred email contact information. Please include where you teach, what you teach, and grade level(s) and/or if this is for an after school club.

    University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center 

  • June 01, 2016 4:52 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)


    Ecology Field Camp is an adventuresome weeklong science camp in the heart of the Mount St. Helens blast zone. Participants will work with scientists on their research, conduct their own field ecology projects and explore the landscapes and organisms of Mount St. Helens.

    Details: http://www.mshinstitute.org/learn/for-parents/ecology-camp.html


    Students ages 15-17


    Sunday July 31. Meeting time will vary based on meeting locations.


    Meeting locations will vary based on selected youth participants.


    No previous experience in ecology, hiking or camping is necessary. It is essential that youth participants are in good physical condition and are comfortable being outside.



    *Need-based scholarships are available. To apply, please submit a need-based scholarship application by May 31. We STRONGLY encourage all interested youth to apply!  Print the application below.  Scan or take a photo of your completed financial aid application and send to learn@mshinstitute.org.


    Rolling admissions until June 29. 

    Click here to apply.

    Applicants will also need one of their teachers to fill out a Teacher Recommendation Form.  

    Applications will be considered once BOTH the application and the Teacher Recommendation Form are submitted.

  • May 03, 2016 8:07 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    FREE recognition program for outstanding chemistry students


    The Portland Section of the American Chemical Society (Portland ACS) will prepare a certificate for each outstanding chemistry student named by the chemistry teacher on thewebformThere is no cost to the teacher or school for certificates. Certificates are mailed to the teacher to present to their students at an award event.


    Each teacher may submit up to 12 outstanding students each year. 


    We hope that this last call for outstanding chemistry students from chemistry teachers statewide will encourage more responses from chemistry teachers. Certificates have helped students win scholarships and at least, recognize accomplishment in chemistry.


    We urge cehmistry teachers to take advantage of this FREE recognition program administered entirely by the Portland Section of the American Chemical Society.


  • May 02, 2016 12:11 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    An exciting online professional development opportunity, offered with an optional 3 CEED credits from Portland State University, will help biologyphysical science/physics, and environmental science teachers bring student-centeredmodel-building/simulation activities into their classrooms. 

    Based on 20+ years of high school classroom experience, teachers will learn to create the simulations and will have classroom ready lessons to use upon completion of the course.  The lessons have been used with a broad range of student abilities.   The focus is to provide a deeper understanding of how systems work, cause and effect relationships, structure and behavior connections, what causes stability and change, and the dynamic patterns that are caused by certain structural compositions. 

    The first course (Basic Models) is intended for teachers who have no background in the modeling method that is used.  The course addresses many current NGSS standards (especially the cross-cutting goals) and 21st Century Skills. 

    The first course is offered starting June 13, 2016 and provides 10 sessions of instruction over 10 consecutive weeks.  Each session lists additional web resources.  For more information go to:  http://www.ccmodelingsystems.com/news-1.html or contact dfisher@ccmodelingsystems.com.  

    Registration is now open.  To register go to: http://www.ccmodelingsystems.com/registration.php

    The cost for the course is $570 without credit and $750 with 3 graduate credits. 

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