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he Oregon Science Teacher

July, 2017

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 12:
  • Awards Event @ OMSI*
  • OMSI Educator Evening
Friday, October 13:
  • Pre-Conference Workshops and 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.

Registration is Open!

Register early for best pricing.

Registration Type

Early Registration

Through August 31

Advanced Registration

Through September 30

After September 30 and Onsite Registration









Pre-Service Teachers or Student Members




Retiree Member




WSTA Member*




Session Presenters




*WSTA Member rate requires a registration code.  Please contact WSTA Representative Carol Sandison for that code at carols@solidnet.com. Washington clock hours available.

These Friday workshop sessions are meant to be deeper dives into the subject matter, three to 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.

Check back, as the list of workshops will be updated as they are confirmed.

Registration for OSTA Sponsored workshops can be added on to your conference registration, or may be registered for separately from the conference. There are some workshops being offered by our partners in science education, and must be registered through our partner registration system.

This years' conference will include sessions focusing on:

Phenomenon: Exploring Your World
Sessions will be 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.

Equity: All Aboard!
This is about the need for cultural relevancy in science teaching so all students have access and can participate in the science journey.

Generating Energy Through the Interconnectedness of STEAM
Let's power student engagement by interconnecting science with technology, engineering, arts and math.

So mark your calendars, and speak with your administrators about this high quality professional development opportunity. We hope to see you there!

Summer PD Coming in August

NGSS for Middle School Teachers
August 7-11, 8am-3pm
Raliegh Hills K-8 School, 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225
Course Fee: $400 for OSTA Members/$425 for Nonmembers
32 Professional Development Units 
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. For more details, click here.

Outdoor Science Education on School Grounds
Thursday, August 10, 9am-3pm
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, 5211 N Williams Avenue, Portland, OR
Free Workshop, 6 Professional Development Units
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. For more details, click here.

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OSTA's mission is to support STEM education and the teachers who provide it.  Help us continue this important work of supporting teachers and students.

Please consider these two easy ways of donating to OSTA:

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Direct donations are always accepted through our donation page. OSTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting OSTA's work on behalf of STEM Education in Oregon.

Interesting Science Articles for Summer

An Iceberg the Size of Delaware Just Broke off a Major Antarctic Ice Shelf

A chunk of floating ice that weighs more than a trillion metric tons broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and providing a glimpse of how the Antarctic ice sheet might ultimately start to fall apart.
From The New York Times, July 12, 2017

CERN Physicists Find a Particle With a Double Dose of Charm
Researchers have reported that in debris flying out from the collisions of protons at the CERN particle physics laboratory outside Geneva, they had spotted a particle that has long been predicted but not detected until now.
From The New York Times, July 6, 2017

In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine
Corals are pretty and colorful and fluorescent. They produce their vibrant colors because they don't live alone, which is also what keeps them alive.
From The New York Times, July 7, 2017

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps
Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.
From The New York Times, March 21, 2017

Quick Links Feature: OSTA Awards

What's up with those links down below? They are ways that OSTA provides our members with information and resources available for professional development, to honor our colleagues who have inspired us, and to implement the 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS).

Please take this time to nominate colleagues who have inspired or impressed you. Those individuals who have served their students in a way that excites them about science and engineering that leads to improved student achievement need to be recognized for the important work they are doing.

The 2017 winners will be honored at the awards event held at OMSI on the evening of October 12th. This will be our kick-off to the 2017 Conference on Science Education October 13-14 at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus in Portland.

You can add the award event to your conference registration, or register for the awards event separately from the conference. Join us for food, drink, and esprit de corps. Then, explore OMSI after the event.

Quick Links


 OSTA Awards

 OSTA Elections
 OSTA Events

 NGSS Online

 Opportunities &

 Framework for K-12
 Science Education

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