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  • September 24, 2021 9:22 PM | Anonymous

    2021-22 Elementary STEAM Leaders

    Apply to participate here.

    Intended Impact: Increasing the time spent on quality STEAM learning in Elementary classrooms.

    → Priority given to teachers from schools serving students navigating poverty, students who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and/or rural students. Priority also given to teachers who identify as persons of color.

    Goals:

    Strengthen science and STEAM instruction by building on and integrating with existing curriculum.

    Empower teachers to spend more time on science by building their confidence with NGSS, effective instructional practice and a repertoire of quality lessons.

    Develop a cadre of elementary STEAM leaders.

    Engage administrators in science & STEAM leadership.

    Commitment from teacher cohort:

    Cohort 2 - New Cohort

    Cohort 1 - 2nd Year Cohort (Returning Leaders)

    Virtual Fall Institute

    6 hr on Sat, 10/2/21 + 2-hr after-school session on 10/7/21, 10/14/21, & 10/21/21

    Complete and implement at least 2 high-quality STEAM lessons, complementing/augmenting current curriculum. (Some leaders may choose to work in a group and make more lessons together).

    Virtual Fall Institute

    10/23

    As needed, continue perfecting lessons from previous year

    Create at least two new lessons

    Both Cohorts

    Attend ¾ of after school sessions differentiated by cohort

    Three Sessions (12/2/21, 2/3/22, 3/31/22) - 2 hr each after school

    Wrap up (5/5/2022) - 2 hr after school

    → Hopefully 1-2 of these will be in person (regionally, spring most likely) and the rest virtual. We will communicate those dates well in advance.

    Complete pre and post surveys

    Share learning in some way with their school’s staff or district grade level team

    STEAM Leader Compensation:

    $1200 stipend, distributed in a few payments by local STEM Hub

    $150 for supplies supporting teachers’ lessons


  • September 18, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Audience:  Preschool educators

    Nervous about teaching STEM to preschoolers?  Join staff from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to assess your own attitudes and gain resources to identify what it really looks and sounds like when young children are practicing STEM skills.  We will build new skills and practice using them in fun hands-on activities rich in STEM thinking that you can take to your virtual or in-person learning setting. Learn more

  • August 21, 2021 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    When was the last time you had a professional development experience that was specifically designed with the science teacher in mind?  A professional development opportunity where you can see yourself as a scientist and an integral part of a scientific community?  Where you get to experience the processes of science that we try to provide for our students?

    The Murdock Charitable Trust recognizes the importance and value of science education and the importance of transformative experiences around science research and education. The Partners in Science Program has been such a transformative experience for over 600 science teachers for over 30 years.

    The $19,000 grant provides stipends, travel and academic year enrichment funds for science teachers over two summers experiencing authentic research and doing innovative science in a lab to ultimately influence classroom practices.  This video shows some of your colleagues and their students explaining how it has impacted them.

    The deadline for applications is December 1st each year.  For more information and to start the process of applying for the grant, click here.



  • August 21, 2021 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    NASA is now accepting entries for the NASA TechRise Student Challenge. Open to students in sixth through 12th-grade, the challenge invites teams to design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and high-altitude balloons to deepen their understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, and electronics.

    The entry period is open until Nov. 3, 2021 and NASA will announce the challenge winners in January 2022. Each of the winning teams will receive $1,500 to build their experiments and an assigned spot to test it on a NASA-sponsored suborbital flight operated by Blue Origin, UP Aerospace, or Raven Aerostar. 

    In addition, NASA and Future Engineers, the challenge administrator, will host a TechRise virtual field trip Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, to share more information about the challenge and inspire research questions and experiment ideas. Educators and students can tune in to hear from NASA experts and special guest Dr. Raven the Science Maven.

    Educators can find more challenge details, access educational resources, and register to get additional information at https://www.futureengineers.org/nasatechrise

    Please see the press release below for more information and the challenge explainer video here.

    Press kit

    Aug. 18, 2021

    RELEASE: 21-103

    NASA Seeks Student Tech Ideas for Suborbital Launch

    Lee esta historia en español aquí.

    NASA is calling on all sixth through 12th-grade educators and students to submit experiments for possible suborbital flights as a way of gaining firsthand experience with the design and testing process used by NASA researchers.

    The NASA Tech Rise Student Challenge invites students to design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and high-altitude balloons. The challenge aims to inspire a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, electronics, and the value of test data.

    “Central to NASA’s mission is inspiring and educating the workforce of the future. The research areas students can explore through Tech Rise are endless, from technology to better understand our planet to innovative systems for deep space exploration,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “We hope to see entries from students across the country, showcasing the diverse talent and ideas of the next generation.”

    Guided by an educator, student teams affiliated with U.S. public, private, and charter schools can develop and submit creative experiment ideas. The entry period is open until Nov. 3, 2021.

    Each winning team will receive $1,500 to build their experiment and an assigned spot to test it on a NASA-sponsored suborbital flight operated by Blue Origin, UP Aerospace, or Raven Aerostar. 

    Flying experiments on suborbital rockets and high-altitude balloons takes technologies from ground-based laboratories into relevant testing environments. The flights replicate microgravity, solar exposure, radiation, extreme temperatures, vacuum, and intense vibrations. Understanding how payloads respond to these conditions allows researchers to validate their designs and adjust or make improvements as needed.

    To enter the competition, teams should submit their experiment ideas online using the TechRise proposal framework. NASA plans to announce the competition winners in January 2022. The selected student teams will build their experiments and watch them take flight in early 2023.

    Take a Virtual Field Trip

    NASA and Future Engineers, the challenge administrator, will host a TechRise virtual field trip Friday, Sept. 24, to share more information about the challenge and inspire research questions and experiment ideas

    Educators and students can tune in to hear from NASA experts and special guest Dr. Raven Baxter, also known as Dr. Raven the Science Maven, and explore on-demand educational content at their own pace. Interested participants can register online. In addition, various resources on the challenge website aim to help students choose a vehicle and plan experiments on topics ranging from climate to remote sensing to microgravity research.

    “It’s an honor to be part of the virtual field trip, and I can’t wait to work directly with students who will build and test designs that will explore microgravity,” said Baxter. “Our goal is to inspire them, and I’m sure their ideas will inspire us.”

    Volunteer to Judge

    NASA is also seeking volunteers to help judge the entries. U.S. residents with expertise in engineering, space, and/or atmospheric research who are interested in reviewing NASA TechRise submissions can apply to be a judge here.

    For challenge details, visit:

    https://www.futureengineers.org/nasatechrise

    NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, manages the challenge. The program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.

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  • August 21, 2021 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings All!

    We are seeking a new Director to lead the dynamic On Track OHSU! program and team. We’re looking for someone who brings a strong equity focus, loves working with students at all levels (middle school and up!), is an excellent manager, and has experience developing and supporting education partnerships to lead this important STEM Pathways initiative into its 9th year.  We currently partner with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Klamath Tribes, the Woodburn community and the Jefferson cluster in N/NE Portland.

    I’ve attached a flyer with the abbreviated position description and how to apply.  The full position description can be found by visiting https://www.ohsu.edu/human-resources, click on “Apply to Jobs”, then “All Jobs”.  In the search bar, enter “2021-11450”.   

    In case you’re willing and would like to share via your Social Media accounts, I’ve attached a photo collage from our middle school program that you may use and this short blurb, if helpful:  “On Track OHSU! is hiring a new Director! We are seeking someone with a strong equity lens who loves working with students at all levels, is an excellent manager, and has experience developing and supporting education partnerships. Email ontrack@ohsu.edu with any questions.”

  • August 20, 2021 6:46 PM | Anonymous
    • What has been improved with the HS Science For All: Patterns Physics curriculum - August 20th Register

      • This 3-hour workshop will focus on the improvements in the HS Science for All: Patterns Approach Physics curriculum that have been made over the last five years. The student-centered instructional improvements support continually immersing students in opportunities to explain phenomena and solve problems.

      • Workshop Fee: $0 - Stipend: $150 per 3-hour workshop

        Audience: High School Science Teachers

        Link to overview

        Please register here.



  • August 20, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    • What has been improved with the HS Science For All: Patterns Biology curriculum - August 20th Register

      • This 3-hour workshop will focus on the improvements in the HS Science for All: Patterns Approach Biology curriculum that have been made over the last five years. The student-centered instructional improvements support continually immersing students in opportunities to explain phenomena and solve problems.

      • Workshop Fee: $0 - Stipend: $150 per 3-hour workshop

        Audience: High School Science Teachers

        Link to overview

        Please register here.



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