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  • September 30, 2017 10:38 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The Coastal Learning Symposium is an annual professional development opportunity for educators in Lincoln County School District and beyond. The goal of this conference is to give educators content, activities, and resources to engage students in learning about the ocean and coast.


    Workshops will provide content knowledge and lesson ideas from both scientists and educators for major coastal habitats, including estuaries, tidepools, rivers, forests, and more. You will also explore these ecosystems with the experts at nearby field trip sites.


    Registration includes access to over 20 different workshops and field trips, lunch and light refreshments, special behind-the-scenes experiences at Oregon Coast Aquarium, and more!


    Click to view the 2017 Program

    Help us spread the word! Click here for a printable flyer.

    Ready to register? Click here!

  • September 19, 2017 9:32 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

     Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science! – Open to 6-12th graders


    Looking for a way to inspire your students with a scholarship opportunity? The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are excited to announce the continuation of Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science, a science superhero competition! We’re challenging middle school and high school students to create or empower a unique superhero using science and engineering. Students then tell their hero’s story -- how they used science to solve crimes and meet today’s challenges -- in a short comic or 90 second video. Students can work individually or in teams of two to three. Submission window: Sept. 18, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018. Learn more at nsf.gov/GenNano.


    Students compete for a chance to win scholarship money and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival to present their hero, and the science behind it. Teachers who encourage the first place teams can also win a cash prize.


    Ways to get involved:

    • Encourage your students to enter
    • Spread the word – feel free to share the “eblast” below
    • Visit our online toolkit to find more downloadable information, such as posters, postcards, and social media posts
    • Promote the competition on your school or classroom website: nsf.gov/GenNano
    • Follow us and share at #GenNano

    If you are interested in additional ways to get involved contact Denise Zannino at dzannino@nsf.gov.

  • September 02, 2017 2:16 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Scholarship Opportunity! Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science! – Open to 6-12th graders


    The National Science Foundation’s Create-Your-Own science superhero competition. Students compete for a chance to win cash prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C. to present at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival. They can enter individually or in teams of 2-3 and use science or engineering to create a unique superhero. They then tell their hero’s story in a short comic or video. Submissions accepted Sept. 18, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018.


    See nsf.gov/GenNano for more information, and follow us at #GenNano. Questions: email gennano@nsf.gov.

  • July 08, 2017 6:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Ecology Project International (EPI), an international education & conservation nonprofit, has just opened the application period for their 2018 Teacher Fellowships, which will take place in Costa Rica, Baja California Sur, and Yellowstone National Park. These are 8-day professional development opportunities geared toward high school and college-level educators interested in experiential education and conservation. All costs are covered by EPI save a $350 program fee and the participant's airfare to the program site.


    Educators can review the programs' focus areas, watch a promo video, and submit an application via our website: www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship. The application will close on September 1st.

  • May 27, 2017 9:13 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The Summer Transportation Institute is a free two-week residential camp for high school girls hosted at Portland State University. This camp is designed to introduce girls to pathways toward careers in transportation, as well as possible routes to higher education in general. They will meet professionals in the field, student researchers, professors from Portland State, and representatives from organizations that serve state and local transportation systems. Girls will come from around the state to participate, and in addition to classroom work and field trips, there will be plenty of scheduled fun as well!

    Applications for the 2017 summer program are being accepted now. Any girl who is interested in STEM, entering the 9–12 grade with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and has completed math up to the pre-algebra level is eligible. Contact Lisa Patterson if you have questions.

  • May 27, 2017 6:51 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Saturday, June 24th at PSU. 

    Interested in bringing computer science and digital literacy to all students in Oregon? Come share ideas and join our discussion! We will integrate these ideas into existing schools and curricula. Preparing our kids to meet the future requires collaboration between teachers and administrators with guidance and support from government and industry.  Come help us shape our vision and plan next steps!

    The Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association will kick off their summer PD with the Oregon CSTA Symposium: Computer Science and  Digital Literacy for All.


  • April 14, 2017 10:34 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Education are partnering to offer a 3-day training on using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the classroom. This training is designed for educators who are currently using drones or who are interested in learning more about how to incorporate drones into the classroom.

    Date: June 27-30

    Location: OSU in Covallis

    Cost: $350, with scholarship opportunities for Oregon teachers through ODE.

    The training will be held onsite at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Learn from experts in the industry, including OSU faculty, on the current best practices and cutting edge uses in the field of drones.


    For more information and to get on the mailing list, go their website, or contact Paula Matano at paula.matano@oregonstate.edu.

  • April 12, 2017 2:59 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Southwest Charter School based on the south waterfront of Portland is offering a one day workshop "Introduction to Place-based Education Design" Saturday June 17th. It is open to all active public school teachers interested in learning more about and possibly implementing place-based education in their classroom. A stipend and mileage reimbursement is available. 

    More information and to register for the workshop please go to:


  • April 10, 2017 11:07 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    As a bonus to NSTA's Outstanding Science Trade Books, Oregon's 2014 Presidential Award Winner for K-6, Maureen Foelkl. has assembled a set of lessons that use the following books on the list:

    • The Story of Seeds
    • Treecology
    • Under Earth
    • Wangari Maathai

    Those lessons can be accessed through the Straub Environmental Center's Learning Resources page.

  • April 10, 2017 10:57 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    BirdSleuth K-12 Education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is now in partnership with Pennington Seed. We’re aiming to distribute window bird feeders to 10,000 teachers across the country. We would like to offer you feeders to give out at your teacher professional development workshops this spring and summer.


    If you are planning to lead any bird/nature focused workshops this spring/summer (ideally before July) or would like to plan one, we’d be happy to send you free window bird feeders to give out to the teachers.  We ask that you introduce them to our Feathered Friends resources (free download) and give them some background on bird feeding. We are also flexible to work with you on creating workshops around other topics such as citizen science, gardening, bird identification, and more! We can provide logistical support and customizable PowerPoint presentations to help you organize and support your workshop.  For information, please visit our website. If you already have a workshop date and wish to receive the feeders, you can complete this online survey right away: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8CJJ5TC.

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