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Friday Workshops/Field Trips

  • October 13, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Gresham High School, 1200 North Main Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030


  • This is a no-fee event, sponsored by Lab-Aids. Join fellow science educators in Frisbee Golf at nearby Vance Park. Buses will leave GHS at 4:40 and leave the park at 6:10, in time for participants to attend the Science Circus and Demo show at 6:30 pm.

    If you are interested in attending this event, please register to assist with our planning.

    Please contact Jeremy Magee,, with questions.
  • This is a no-fee event and will be open to the general public. Please feel free to invite friends, family, and colleagues. Join international science comedian Rhys Thomas, the U of O's Stan Micklavzina and mega-musician “Shoehorn” in a madcap Science Circus and Demo Show!-open to the public, so you are invited to bring family and friends..
  • Tour key tech sites in the Gresham-East Multnomah County area. This trip is anchored on a visit to the city of Gresham's Waste Water Treatment Plant. This facility treats 13 million gallons of water daily and serves 114,000 customers. It has been energy net 0 since 2015 and now produces more electricity than it uses. This facility also collects fats, oils and grease from local establishments and generates biogas that is converted to heat and electricity. Additional stops will include the Microchip Technology Fab 4, which employs over 700 employees, is open 24/7/365, and produces microprocessors for automotive, industrial, communications, consumer, and other uses. Additional stops are being planned. Transportation will be included in this tour.
  • CSTA Session: Instructor Don Kirkwood,
    Location: Gresham High School

    Discussion about using Python as an excellent intro language - complete lesson plan (pedagogical approach, problem sets, answers, worksheets, exams available).

    The afternoon session will focus on practicing implementing material provided and/or Python questions.

    Leave knowing why teaching cs is a great choice; why Python is an excellent intro language, and how to approach instruction that encourages inclusion.

    Session 1 8:30 - Noon
    Lunch- Noon - 1:00 pm (on own/ restaurants nearby)
    Session 2 1:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Travel the Columbia Gorge to observe and visit many wonderful geologic phenomena. Transportation via school bus; lunch will be in a restaurant in historic Cascade Locks.

    Tour given by:
    Daina Hardisty, MHCC Geology

    *Due to a change in transportation, we have adjusted the price to $75 and have a limit of 10. A waiting list is availalbe.
  • Tour the Vernier Science Education headquarters with co-founder David Vernier and members of the Vernier Science Education Team. Vernier has been on the forefront of using technology to help students engage in inquiry, using probes and software to collect and analyze data, to better investigate and understand phenomena, and/or to make engineering design decisions. The tour will include seeing new uses of technology including the 3D sandbox and trips down memory lane in Dave's museum showing how probes and computer components have evolved over time. You can also ride the Vernier slide.

    Transportation will be on your own; please contact us if you need to arrange for transportation.
  • Onsite: My NASA Data is a free resource from NASA Langley in combination with GLOBE. Learn how to access and use all the features. Get the backstory and learn if NASA might have a summer job for you. Bring your device.

    Jodi Harnden, Pendleton School District
  • Onsite: Explore how physical models foster an understanding of how the structure of DNA and RNA determine the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. 

    Explain the purpose and process of replication, transcription, and translation using models of DNA and RNA. 
    Examine patterns within and between side chains of amino acids.
    Model protein secondary and tertiary structure based on the primary structure of amino acid sequence.

    Ruth Hutson, 3D Molecular Designs

Registration is closed

Friday Workshops and Field Trips-*please note that the time/cost/location for each event can be different. Specific travel and other details will be sent ~1-week prior to the event. 

Click Register in the Lower Left of the screen (blue box). You register for the Workshop/Fieldtrips that you want to attend and then click Next (another blue box), then click "Invoice Me." 

To add additional events, click on New Registration. When done you may pay online, or print an invoice to give to your school district.  You may cancel a registration for a full refund through 10/6/23.

Update: Cancelation  AM Session: Creating Experiences not Lesson Plans has been cancelled. 

Please contact Stephen Scannell, Conference Chair, if you have issues and/or questions (


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