2018 Fall Conference on Science Education

Quick conference links:

Link to SCHED, our online conference schedule

Conference Schedule 
Exhibiting at the Conference 
Field Trips Sponsorship Opportunities 
 WorkshopsContinuing Education Credit

   OSTA is proud to be partnering with the Oregon Coast Aquarium to present the
2018 Fall Conference

Join Us at the Beach! 
October 12-13, 2018

Newport Middle School
825 NE 7th St, Newport, OR 97365

Thank you to our Sponsors!



Registration Information

Advanced Registration Price is good through September 30th.

Conference on Friday, October 12, 2018
 Registration Type Early Registration
Through August 31
Advanced Registration
Through September 30
Onsite Registration
After September 30
 Member  $110  $135  $150
 Non-Member  $135  $160  $175
 Pre-Service Teachers or
 Student Members
 $30  $30  $35
 Retiree Member  $55 $65 $75
 WSTA Member*  $110  $135  $150
 Session Presenters  $65  $90  $100
*WSTA Member rate requires a registration code. Please contact WSTA Representative Carol Sandison for that code at carols@solidnet.com

Registration for Early Registration/Networking Event, Saturday Field Trips and the Awards Banquet are separate and can be added on to the conference registration or registered for separately.

Saturday Workshops will have registration separate from the conference.

Coming from out of town?

OSTA has reserved a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn Newport from October 11-13th. Prices are $97.32 for 1 King bed, or $105.32 for 2 queen beds,  single or double occupancy.  Extra person would be $10. To access the conference rate, call 541-265-6203 to make your reservations and mention the Oregon Science Teachers Association.

Continuing Education Credit

Conference attendees may receive continuing education credit for the conference through Western Oregon University by submitting an article to be published in TOST during the school year on new ideas that will be implemented in the classroom as a result of attending sessions at the conference. The article will be due by October 26th. 

Bring the following completed Course Registration and Application form with you to the conference with a check made out to WOU for $80.  

 Conference Schedule:

Thursday, October 11th 

● Early Registration 

● Happy Hour & Networking

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Meet up at the Rogue Brewer's on the Bay from 5-7pm. Enjoy a beverage and light appetizers. Check in early for the conference and network with colleagues. Brewery and distillery tours will be available.

Cost: $5 per person
Limit: 100

Register here, or you may add this to your conference registration.

Friday, October 12th 

  • Concurrent Sessions 
Sponsored by NW Natural
    • Adults: $30
    • Children (3-12): $15
    • Children under 3 are free

Saturday, October 13th 

Local Area Field Trips

Deep Dive Workshops

Cost for field trips and workshops vary and are separate from the conference.

Workshops and Field trips may be added to the conference registration, or can be registered for separately.

Field trips are family friendly!

Friday Sessions

Conference Schedule as of 10/10/2018

Strand 1: Navigating Phenomena-Based Storylines

Chair: Jomae Sica

Description: Students are naturally curious about the world around them and are constantly asking, “Why?” By beginning instruction with phenomena, it intrinsically motivates students to answer this question by utilizing the scientific and engineering practices to investigate the topic through inquiry and communicate their ideas through identifying patterns, making data-driven predictions, or presenting arguments from evidence or solutions. Once the phenomenon is introduced, students will inherently have more detailed questions that will drive daily instruction throughout the unit to add pieces to their sense-making. This creates a common theme throughout the unit that students return to thinking about after each lesson creating a coherent storyline. The sessions in this strand should demonstrate how to select phenomena for a unit, anticipate student questions to build the storyline, or demonstrate how utilizing phenomena has increased the use of the practices to increase relevance in learning.

Strand 2: Buoying Math and Literacy with Science and Technology Integration

Chair: Andy Byerley

Description: The process of making sense of phenomena and designing solutions to problems is full of opportunities to speak, listen, read, write, and reason mathematically. As a result of most instruction being broken into “silos” of content areas, students often see science, math, and literacy as separate disciplines with potentially little overlap. In reality, sense-making depends on collaboration and communication across disciplines. When done well, effectively integrating science and technology more fully into the curriculum can raise student achievement in math and literacy because students can utilize math in an authentic context and produce language necessary to communicate original ideas. The sessions in this strand should showcase lessons or units that effectively integrate science with math and/or literacy, or showcase instructional routines or practices that promote mathematical reasoning and/or language production among students.

Strand 3: Learning Where you Live with Place-Based Education (Coastal Learning Symposium Strand)

Chair: Sara Shaw Roberts

Description: Place-based education has become a recognized method for fostering academic achievement, engagement, and responsible citizenship in students of all ages. The goal of place-based learning is to help youth understand how everyone and everything in their community - both natural and cultural - is interconnected. Service learning, environmental explorations, and civic engagement are all used to help the next generation address some of today’s toughest challenges, starting at home. Sessions in this strand should share strategies for connecting students to their communities in deep and meaningful ways, introduce methods for forging relationships with community partners, and reveal the many benefits of this learning model.

Strand 4: Science Education Resources and Strategies

Sessions in this strand provide tools and resources to implement three dimensional learning in your classroom.

Workshops on Saturday, October 13

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

Registration for these workshops can be added to your conference registration, or may be registered for separately from the conference. Registration for individual events are linked below.

Morning Sessions, 8-11am

Matter and Chemical Engineering for Middle School Science Teachers

During this workshop we will explore how a series of lessons can be used to explain an anchoring phenomenon on matter. Lessons will be three-dimensional – including the three components of NGSS: Cross-Cutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Scientific and Engineering Practices. Teachers will conduct investigations and then apply what they have learned in a chemical engineering task. You will walk away with strategies to engage students that can be used right away on any unit that you are developing.

Instructors: Susan Holveck, Beaverton School District & Berkeley Gadbaw, Catlin Gabel School
Audience: Middle School
Fee: $50

Engineering Design of Candy to Explore Intermolecular Attractions

Students design their own chewy candy to understand how intermolecular forces affect bulk properties.

Instructor: Andrea Leech, Benson Polytechnic High School
Audience: High School
Fee: $50

Afternoon Session, 1-4pm

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a network of over 50 teachers providing free workshops for middle school science teachers. We’ve presented 75 workshops in 33 states in just three years. The workshop for the OSTA Annual Conference would include the following components:

  1. A bell ringer activity
  2. A slide presentation addressing middle school evolution standards (free for the participants and full of valuable web links and active learning ideas)
  3. A tour of the TIES Online Learning Page (with dozens of free videos, hands-on labs, online games and links to informative evolution websites)
  4. A hands-on activity on natural selection titled, This Lab is for the Birds which focuses on data collection and analysis (patterned after Peter and Rosemary Grants Galapagos Finch research)

Instructor: Sarah Ruggiero, Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science
Audience: Middle School
Fee: $50

 Field Trips on Saturday, October 13

Registration for field trips or tours, workshops and events can be added on to your conference registration, or may be registered for separately from the conference.  Registration for individual events are linked below. Field trips are family friendly!

Morning Trips:  8 - 11am

Extended Estuary Investigations and Visitor Center Exploration

Discover estuaries and the critical habitat they provide as we explore plant and animal life along the Yaquina Bay. Collect and observe a variety of organisms found in the unique environment of mudflats, and learn about their adaptations. In addition we will collect organisms to examine further in our wet lab. Learn about current research being conducted and help collect data for use by researchers. Boots and rain gear are highly recommended for this program - no flip flops!

Registration Fee: $23

Registration Limit: 60

Leader(s): Lindsay Carroll

Location: Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR

Behind the Scenes at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

This tour is full. Wait list is enabled.

How does the Aquarium care for a swarm of stinging jellies, a five-hundred pound California Sea Lion, a waddling brown pelican and dozens of toothy sharks? Travel behind the scenes with us to explore the ins and outs of caring for over 15,000 animals every day. After an hour behind the scenes, enjoy a guided walk through our galleries and nature trail led by Aquarium staff.

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Limit: 15

Leader: Sara Shaw Roberts

Location: Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR

OMSI Camp Gray

Come to Outdoor School! Join OMSI Outdoors staff at Camp Gray for a tour of our facility and programming before heading out on a coastal ecology field study.

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Limit: 30

Leader: Anne Armstrong

Location: OMSI Camp Gray, 3400 SW Abalone St, South Beach, OR

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.  The interpretive center features exhibits on seabirds and marine life as well as human history from the headland. You can see the wheelhouse of an historic ship, check out a recreated rocky island and its inhabitants, and witness a full scale replica of the lighthouse lantern. All BLM exhibits and interpretive specialists deliver the rich history of Yaquina Head.

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Limit: 32

Leader: Meredith Matherly

Location: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, 750 NW Lighthouse Rd, Newport, OR

Afternoon Trips: 1 - 4pm

Plankton Lab Activity and Visitor Center Exploration

Use plankton nets to collect samples from the Yaquina Bay, then identify plankton using microscopes in this combination field and lab program. Students will learn about the importance of plankton to the survival of all marine organisms and observe filter feeders consuming plankton in this hands-on program. Boots are required for this program as students need to wade into the estuary to collect plankton samples, rain gear recommended.

Registration Fee: $23

Registration Limit: 30

Leader: Lindsay Carroll

Location: Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR

Behind the Scenes at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

This tour is full. Wait list is enabled.

How does the Aquarium care for a swarm of stinging jellies, a five-hundred pound California Sea Lion, a waddling brown pelican and dozens of toothy sharks? Travel behind the scenes with us to explore the ins and outs of caring for over 15,000 animals every day. After an hour behind the scenes, enjoy a guided walk through our galleries and nature trail led by Aquarium staff.

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Limit: 15

Leader: Sara Shaw Roberts

Location: Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR

Explorer Program with Marine Discovery Tours

Enjoy the incredible scenery of our bay, river, and coastline featuring the largest fishing fleet on the Oregon Coast, our historic bridge, a beautiful lighthouse, and fun activities aboard for all ages! Learn about our local fisheries and help deploy a trawl net in order to get a closer look at what our wonderful estuary has to offer! We need your help in this fun and educational fishing activity! We love to look for all kinds of wildlife, everything from tiny plankton, to crabs and birds - even marine mammals!

Registration Fee: $15

Registration Limit: 50

Leader: Fran Matthews

Location: 345 SW Bay Boulevard, Newport, OR

Watershed Science

Attendees will experience a typical introductory watershed science field trip that will feature a fish dissection, macro-invertebrate collection/analysis, water quality monitoring, riparian plants, and wildlife. Handouts and contact information will be provided to help you plan a field trip for your students.

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Limit: 30

Leader: Jim Grano & Christine Clapp

Location: Beverly Beach State Park, 198 NE 123rd St, Newport, OR


Get your organization's products and services in front of educators from around the state as one of our valued exhibitorsOSTA's advertising campaign has begun.  Get your organization's name on our conference page as confirmed by completing your registration.

Exhibiting at the OSTA conference offers organizations the opportunity to connect with educators around the state. We offer networking opportunities leading up to, during and after the conference.

Questions? Contact us at exhibitors@oregonscience.org, or 971.361.0STA.

 Register as an exhibitor 

Registration Add-Ons for Exhibitors: 

Extra tables: Need more room than one 6-foot table? We can do that.
Advertising​: Our conference scheduler will be handed to every attendee at the conference. 
Sponsorships​: Your logo and name on our conference web page and more, depending on level.

Confirmed Exhibitors
 Accelerate Learning: STEMscopes Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom
 American Chemical Society Portland Chapter Oregon Coast Aquarium's Oceanscape Network
 Amplify Oregon Department of Education
 Biozone Corporation Oregon Forest Resources Institute
 California Casualty   Oregon National Primate Research Center/OHSU
 Carolina Biological Supply Oregon Sea Grant/Oregon Coast STEM Hub
 Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory
 Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition/Coastwatch
 Civil Air Patrol Oregon State Marine Board
 Discovery Education Oregon State University/Marine Studies Initiative
 Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors Oregon State Extension Service - Outdoor School
 Educational Travel Services Pearson
 ExploreLearning Rose City Astronomers
 Friends of Outdoor School Saturday Academy
 Girls Who Code To Every Kid
 Grand Canyon University University of Oregon/Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
 Inq-ITS Vernier Software & Technology
 MJ Murdock Trust Partners in Science Program WorldStrides
 National Network of Libraries of Medicine 
 National Science Teachers Association 

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits 

Get your organization's name and logo onto our conference page, advertising and program materials.

OSTA's outreach campaign regularly sends conference advertising to our contact list of over 2,000. In addition, we mail conference information in August to all schools in Oregon and SW Washington.

We have several sponsorship levels available including in-kind sponsorships.

There are two ways to procure your sponsorship: 
1. When registering your company as an exhibitor, select a sponsorship level in your registration, or 
2. Visit our Donation page, or send your donation to OSTA at

4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025, Portland, OR 97214. 
OSTA also welcomes in-kind sponsorships 

If you would like to speak with OSTA about sponsorship, please contact us at administrator@oregonscience.org or 971-361-OSTA. 

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4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, PO Box 1025
Portland, Oregon

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