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Conference Program

2022 OSTA Fall Conference

on Science Education

Saturday, October 8, 2022
Ridgeview High School
Redmond, Oregon


From the Conference Chair, Carolyn Whitney

Frenchglen Elementary School

Frenchglen, Oregon

We are so pleased that you are joining us for our 60th Annual Conference at Ridgeview High School in Redmond Oregon. 

Let me begin by thanking you for your tireless efforts on behalf of students and science education throughout your tenure in Science Education but especially in the challenges that have faced us in the past few years. I am grateful that this time of struggle has brought our stakeholders to a greater understanding of how hard you work and the commitment you have made to educating our students. 

We are grateful for the expertise of our session presenters and keynote speakers and their willingness to share that with you. We are also grateful to our exhibitors who want to share their resources with you. Please take some time to check them out in the Commons Area. 

To all of our attendees, please know that you are appreciated. OSTA is your professional organization. Our mission is to support your professional development.  We are so fortunate to have amazing science educators all over this region. The 60th Annual OSTA conference is our effort to facilitate networking and collaboration to improve science education at the school, district and state level.

Thank you for attending the conference and continuing to support and teach quality science education throughout our Oregon schools.

Keynote Speaker

Brad Fulton, Seminar Leader and Trainer of Mathematics Teachers

Known throughout the country for motivating and engaging teachers and students, Brad Fulton is a highly experienced and current classroom teacher using project-based learning in his STEM instruction. Drawing upon four decades in education and known throughout the country for motivating and engaging teachers and students, he is a frequent presenter at conferences and schools across the nation and was selected as his stat's educator of the year. You may know Brad from his presentations regarding mathematics throughout the country. Brad is not only an outstanding mathematics presenter he also has many science presentations and videos. Brad is excited to share his ideas and strategies for greatly enhancing your own STEM instruction in this hands-on, fast-paced day where you will gain dozens of ideas you can use immediately! He has co-authored over a dozen boks and hundreds of resources that provide easy-to-teach and content-rich activities for busy teachers, including Significantly Strengthen Your STEM Instruction Using Project Based Learning (K-6).

Keynote Address:

How to Teach a Whale: The Role of STEM in Today's Education

The students we teach today will have STEM careers tomorrow. Just as the American economy has transitioned from a manufacturing model to a tech-based one, our schools and our instruction must also adapt to prepare students for the global economy. As teachers, we have the great challenge and opportunity to equip our students for new careers that may not even exist yet. We will talk about how we can shift our instructional model to best prepare our students for success.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Mentor Level Sponsors

Experimenter Level Sponsor



American College of Education
  American College of Education is an accredited college that offers 100% online degrees with respected faculty, a flexible format, and knowledge that is immediately applicable. ACE offers master's programs under $9500 and doctoral degrees under $24,000.

Inspiring better outcomes for our planet through science education. BIOZONE has more than 30 years experience in the development of engaging and effective resources for science teaching and learning. Our resources are unlike any you’ve seen before, and a departure from the traditional basal textbook paradigm. We take a “worktext” approach, combining the very best features of a traditional textbook with an interactive workbook. The resulting hybrid provides well designed, compact lessons that engage students and provide a rigorous yet accessible program of work.

  BrainPOP Science is a phenomenon-driven middle school science product that provides robust and scaffolded investigations, embedded assessments, and actionable diagnostics across Physical, Earth & Space, and Life Science. Our investigations facilitate three-dimensional learning and guide students toward proficiency of science, engineering, and technology standards.

 California Casualty
  California Casualty is an auto and home insurance company exclusive to educators, Law Enforcement, Nurses and Firefighters. We are endorsed with OEA for 47 years. We do not insure the general public.

Carolina Biological Supply

Founded in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company has grown to become a worldwide leader in providing top-quality, innovative materials for science and math educators. With over 18,000 products, Carolina serves the elementary school through university market with a complete line of living and preserved organisms, lab equipment, furniture, teaching kits, microscopes, books, and models—everything needed to equip a science laboratory or classroom.

     Carolina is the exclusive supplier of several inquiry-based, STEM programs, including STC kits, a Smithsonian created curriculum. STC kits have always had a strong STEM connection as there are engineering design practices throughout the program. With the recent STC revision, coupled with the solid research and NSF funding, these kits are designed to satisfy your STEM needs.

Central Oregon Geological Society
  The Central Oregon Geoscience Society is a non-profit organization promoting a greater awareness and understanding of the geological sciences through presentations, field trips, and educational outreach.

Central Oregon STEM Hub
  The Central Oregon Geoscience Society is a non-profit organization promoting a greater awareness and understanding of the geological sciences through presentations, field trips, and educational outreach.

Diack Ecology Education
  The Diack Ecology Education Program provides a system of grants, workshops, and resources that are distributed to teachers and students in Oregon to encourage them to involve youth in field-based science inquiry and ecological studies.

Discovery Education
  Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at

Donate Life Northwest
  Donate Life Northwest provides outreach and education on organ, eye, and tissue donation.

EiE Museum of Science Boston
  EiE®, Museum of Science develops evidence-based, classroom-teste engineering and computer science programs that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem solvers. We’ve designed our PreK-8 curricula to encourage all children, including those from underrepresented groups, to see themselves in STEM.

  Interactive, game-based digital lessons designed by experienced educators to help teachers engage students at all grade levels and bring real-world skills to their classrooms.

Explore Learning
  ExploreLearning® creates seriously fun ed tech solutions for the most critical challenges in K-12 STEM learning. Effective and fun, our programs help students not only succeed at math and science, but also love it as much as we do. Learn more about Gizmos®, Reflex®, Frax® and Science4Us® at

Freshwaters Illustrated
  Freshwaters Illustrated produces educational film and visual media resources on freshwater biology, ecology, and conservation. Our film library features over 40 films from across the North America and beyond, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest stories, all featuring original standards-based curriculum resources, as well as diverse lenses on science, careers, and sustainability.

Girls Who Code
  Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. We seek to provide free computer science resources to educators, administrators, and decision-makers through our programs. We believe that all girls are able to change the world with code.

McGraw Hill Education
  We work to expand the possibilities of content and technology to help millions of educators, learners and professionals around the world achieve success. The combination or cutting edge technology solutions combined with a long history of curated content, creates a dynamic set of resources for our science educators to draw from to expand student experiences in science from K -12.

MiniOne Systems
  Molecular Biology Anywhere and for Everyone! The game changing MiniOne Electrophoresis System was first of its kind designed specifically for teachers and students to provide equal access to key biotech techniques with engaging activities. Our systems and inquiry-based lab kits save time and money, and engage students with hands-on participation to answer real world questions.

Murdock Trust Partners in Science Program
  The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust was founded on the belief in the power of science and scientific research to inspire innovation and advancement to help improve the quality of life for all. And, Jack Murdock placed special emphasis on the importance and value of education as a means of inspiring innovation, strengthening communities and helping uplift individuals. The Murdock Trust Partners in Science Program joins those two principles to provide a professional development opportunity for teachers to bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education. The $19,000 grant covers teacher stipends, travel expenses to the national conference, and academic year enrichment. After the two summers are complete, partners are eligible to apply for additional grant funds to bring the equipment and materials into their classrooms that will implement ideas from the research partnership into their classrooms.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

We believe our role as a Hall of Fame is to not only honor the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but also ensure that American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations. This belief is what drives our mission: recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

     True to our mission, we are reinventing what a Hall of Fame can be and do. Instead of being defined by the past, we invest in the future. Instead of being confined to a brick-and-mortar museum, we bring creativity and invention to life in classrooms, curricula, and competitions across the country.

     In partnership with more than 3,000 schools and districts nationwide, we connect visionary inventors with the next generation, providing future leaders with the experiences and tools they need to realize their innovative potential.

     We are the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF): the driving force behind lifelong innovation, paying forward America's rich history of invention, and securing our country's competitive advantage for the future.

Northwest Science Expo System
We organize and put on Regeneron - ISEF-affiliated science fairs in Oregon.

Oregon Coast Community College Aquarium Science

The Aquarium Science Program at Oregon Coast Community College is one of a few programs in the country that trains students to work in aquatic animal care. Graduates go on to work in public aquariums and zoos, aquaculture facilities, research laboratories, and private industries. OCCC offers a traditional AAS degree in Aquarium Science but also offers a professional Certificate in Aquarium Science for students that already have a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Marine Biology, or similar fields. A new cooperative program with Western Oregon University also allows students to earn a BS in Aquarium Science by attending WOU for three years and then doing one year on the OCCC campus to focus on Aquarium Science courses.

 Oregon National Primate Research Center/OHSU
  The Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU is one of seven National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) supported by the National Institutes of Health. Scientific breakthroughs made at these seven institutions contribute to the medical progress that helps people across generations live longer, healthier lives. Scientists at the ONPRC focus on current, developing and projected high-priority human medical needs, including research in aging, AIDS, depression, infectious diseases (including SARS-CoV-2), substance abuse, obesity, reproductive health, and genetics. We invite educational groups, civic groups, and members of the general public to visit our facility to learn more about our critical role in the area of human (and animal) health.

Oregon Section Institute of Food Technologists
Institute of Food Technologists is a non-profit organization dedicated to healthy, safe and sustainable foods, and to educating the next generations of food scientists. We've developed curriculum for K-12 classes to support this mission. All curriculum is free, and material costs will be covered by the Oregon Section.

OSU College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
  The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is the center of Earth sciences research and academic programs at Oregon State University. Our scientists and students are on the frontlines of discovery, from the depths of the ocean to remote mountain peaks, from our backyards to the ends of the Earth, and from the state-of-the-art labs that line our halls to the communities that we serve with the outcomes of our research. In all disciplines, our faculty are renowned for their science and valued for their expertise.

Oregon State University Food Science
  We are from the Department of Food Science & Technology at Oregon State University. We have 3 undergraduate degree options: Food Science & Sustainable Technology, Fermentation Science and Enology & Viticulture.

Oregon Science Teachers Association

These are the Famous OSTA Conference Lab Equipment give-away tables.Be sure to stop by and pick up test-tubes, glassware, and analytical laboratory equipment for your classroom.

     Much of it was used just once, and for government legality protocols could not be reused by the DEQ. It has all been washed and cleaned, and is ready for your students to use.

   It's free ! Take bagfuls back to your school.  First come, first served.

OSU Extension Service - Outdoor School
  The Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program provides funding for Oregon's school districts and education service districts to send their 5th or 6th grade students to outdoor school. We also support formal and non-formal outdoor school educators with professional development opportunities and resources to help outdoor school providers make their programs as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

ShakeAlert® earthquake early warning system is managed by the USGS and has CalTech, UC Berkeley, University of Oregon and University of Washington as primary partners in the development and operation of the system. The USGS has provided support for the development of curriculum and educational resources about earthquake hazards and earth sciences which will be shared here. We also plan to share information of how to bring ShakeAlert warnings into schools.

Curriculum and earthquake early warning system information.

School Specialty
  School Specialty is a diversified vendor of curriculum and learning environment resources that support learning for students. We are proud to include FOSS in our K-8 curriculum portfolio: FOSS helps every student not only better understand science, but develop an ability to think scientifically. This core curriculum integrates active investigation and multisensory learning, an approach proven effective for all learners regardless of prior knowledge, language, or background.

Science 3D

SCIENCE 3D Provides direct video access to inspiring scientist and engineer role models and career exploration for Grades 3-5 & 6-8. Students join science and engineering professionals and are part of the team through video adventures.

     Cross-curricular program addresses science, engineering, language arts and math standards.

Science 3D content is made up of Missions that provide a project-based approach to STEM learning, featuring real-world problems and phenomena, as well as real scientist role models. At the core of each Mission is a broadcast quality video with inspiring story telling that shows a science team exploring and collecting data using the latest techniques and technologies. The Mission activities are designed to let students be scientists, answering their own questions with data and reinforcing the scientific method, engineering design process and nature of science standards. Four types of activities, that can be mixed and matched, are included in every Mission. And, students will learn about the careers of the people they see in the video and behind the scenes!

  STEMscopes is a comprehensive suite of results-oriented STEM curriculum and professional development solutions used by 6 million students and 600,000 teachers across all 50 states. Created by educators for educators, STEMscopes is highly adaptable, affordable, and supports instruction in any kind of learning environment. STEMscopes was developed by Accelerate Learning Inc. in partnership with Rice University. For information, visit or call toll-free 800-531-0864.

Stile Education

At Stile Education, we believe in a world class science education for every student. Stile supports teachers to facilitate vibrant, collaborative learning with a mixture of rich, interactive activities that collectively cover every NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) outcome for middle and high school. Stile's powerful online platform brings together classroom lessons, workbooks, lab kits, assessments, comprehensive teaching notes, simulations, real-time analytics, and professional learning with local contexts to create the perfect science curriculum for school districts. Stile was originally founded in Australia nearly 10 years ago and currently provides science resources to 1 in 3 Australian secondary schools. Stile is quickly growing in the United States and is supported by our California-based team.

The River Mile Network

The River Mile is a network of educators and students collaborating with partners to do real-world science and enhance the health of the Columbia River Watershed, exploring the essential question: “How do relationships among components of an ecosystem affect watershed health?”

      We will be displaying curriculum-based educators' guides, materials, technology and professional development.

Vernier Science Education
  Vernier Science Education is committed to partnering with educators and communities to build a STEM-literate society where students grow up to become knowledgeable citizens who can solve problems, fully contribute to their communities, and drive innovation. With our experience, knowledge, and passion we create the best and most reliable solutions for STEM education in today’s classroom. Our comprehensive solutions include hardware, software, content, assessment, professional development, and technical support. STEM literacy is the foundation to solving today's local, state, and world problems. Engage your students. We are here to help.

VEX Robotics

Robotics is not only the future, it is also the present. By familiarizing students with programming, sensors, and automation, they hone critical computational thinking skills needed to succeed in both the 21st century's workforce and in everyday life.

     Beyond science and engineering principles, VEX Robotics solutions encourage creativity, teamwork, leadership, passion, and problem-solving among groups. That’s why VEX is committed to advancing robotics education as leaders in STEM, making it easy to implement and being your partner along the way!

Visible Body
  Visible Body is a 3D life sciences company that creates models, animations, apps, and a platform for teaching and learning anatomy, physiology, and biology content.


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