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  • June 14, 2022 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in becoming a Green School? Check out Oregon Green Schools to download an application or see a sample application.

    Certified Oregon Green Schools enjoy the following benefits:

    • development of an effective waste reduction and resource conservation program that allows students to explore real-life, hands-on topics
    • opportunity to attend the annual Oregon Green Schools Summit, which provides students and staff with interactive workshops, school displays, networking and inspiration to help improve their programs
    • recognition on the Oregon Green Schools website and local publications
    • framed certificate, plaque or flag to recognize your school's certification


  • June 14, 2022 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    Join us 10:00–10:30 a.m. PDT on June 22 for Ask Me Anything: Selecting the Right Spectrometer for You, a live conversation with our chemistry team! 

    Not sure how to get started with selecting the right spectrometer? We can help! In this webinar, Dr. Melissa Hill and Nüsret Hisim will discuss the differences among the range of spectrophotometers Vernier offers. You'll also learn about laboratory applications, software capabilities, and data-collection modes that work best for each spectrometer to help you decide which one is right for you. 

    Register Here!

  • May 29, 2022 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center offers a self-paced, on-line Cascadia Earthquake Education course. The course is organized into four modules that introduce plate tectonics and earthquake science and applies specifically to Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunamis. 

     This PD contains lesson plans for classroom activities and demonstrations. These lesson plans are designed for middle school students but can be adapted to elementary and high school levels. Each lesson plan specifies the NGSS standards addressed. Most lesson plans have an accompanying set of supporting resources such as student worksheets and answer keys.

    It is estimated that it will take about 28 hours to complete the course, and successful completion of the course will result in receipt of a certificate for 28 PDUs. If you have an interest and would like to register for the course, please send your preferred email address to: Robert Butler, University of Portland, butler@up.edu . You will then receive information on how to access this free on-line course!


  • May 26, 2022 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 19th-25th in Haines Alaska Science Teachers will come together for a place based science institute that will include 5 days of field activities led by local subject matter specialists. Breakfast and lunch included with your registration along with 2 graduate credits through UAA PACE. 

    Registration is $200

    For more info contact: cvteacherinstitute@gmail.com and see attached weblink here

  • May 13, 2022 10:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come learn and be rewarded with a $100 stipend, free curriculum, and other incentives! 

    Engage students grades 2-12 in fascinating crayfish studies in this hands-on STEAM workshop. Rick Reynolds, veteran educator and author of Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems, will team up with other partners from The River Mile Network to step you through student activities including scientific investigations in your local watershed. Gain confidence to participate with The River Mile network's Crayfish Study to support important research by scientists and wildlife managers.

    Learn more and register today: https://tinyurl.com/2p9xpakk

  • May 09, 2022 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Biorad is presenting a free webinar for educators, in partnership with National Association of Biology Teachers - Register here

    CRISPR gene therapy is being used today to cure diseases we once thought incurable, and the approaches are even more diverse and creative than you might think!

    In this FREE webinar, you’ll discover the medicine, technology, and FDA clinical trial process behind one of the most exciting CRISPR therapies currently being tested. You will also explore:

    • Fascinating strategies that scientists are using to treat and cure genetic diseases like
    sickle cell anemia and β-thalassemia

    • How they relate to key classroom concepts

    • How your students can model disease therapy with a real hands-on CRISPR lab activity

    Note: No continuing education credits or certificates are being offered for attending this event. Attendees will receive an email after the event that they may use as proof of attendance.

  • May 09, 2022 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tired of your old and outdated textbooks? OpenStax is part of Rice University, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. As an educational initiative, it's our mission to improve educational access and learning for everyone. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, we're breaking down the most common barriers to learning. Because we believe that everyone should and can have access to knowledge.

    OpenStax publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print. Seriously. We've also developed a low-cost, research-based courseware that gives students the tools they need to complete their course the first time around. Check out our current library of textbooks and explore OpenStax Tutor.

  • May 09, 2022 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you work at a school that receives Title 1 funds? Would your students benefit from a free download of PhET’s Apps for Schools allowing offline and at-home sim use?

    PhET’s Chromebook/Android and iOS Apps for Schools provide offline access to PhET’s collection of nearly 100 interactive science and math simulations, and support learning in schools and student homes where internet access is not available or unreliable. Currently, these apps are available for $0.99 per download to support PhET’s sustainability, but we are exploring possibilities for donor funding to make these apps free to Title 1 schools.

    Please complete a brief survey to express your interest in receiving free app licenses for your school. Your anonymized responses will be shared with a potential donor. Should donor funding become available to support your request, we will notify you!

    Link to Survey - Click Here

  • April 11, 2022 10:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. 

    Check out this link from NIH filled with resources and ideas to help you and your students celebrate DNA day in your classroom. 


  • April 06, 2022 10:32 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    A FREE PD Opportunity: Applications are due by April 14th.
    In Field experience: July 17-20

    The On the Farm STEM Experience – Dairy includes virtual professional development workshops and an immersive in-person experience focusing on food and dairy science to increase the relevancy and authenticity of content in science classrooms. This program is designed for high school science educators to:

    • Identify and outline candidate phenomena that are relevant and engaging to students for classroom implementation.
    • Develop a common understanding of the food production system and its importance/relevancy to students.
    • Deepen their understanding of NGSS design principles of equitable science learning.
    • Apply NGSS design principles to create meaningful learning experiences for students.


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