7-14 CONNECTIONS AND RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Technology Student Association
March 1st will be an important date for regional high school students interested in showing their skills in technology. The regional Technology Student Association(TSA) competition will be held at the Blue Mountain Training Center in Boardman, OR. Dozens of students from La Grande, Milton-Freewater, Westin, Pendleton, Umatilla , Heppner, and other towns with come together competing in areas such as CAD engineering design and architecture. There are multiple categories where students can aim. The national organization has a complete list of the opportunities at http://www.tsaweb.org/High-School-Competitions
Some students work on projects at their schools and then bring their designs or models to the competition for judging. An example of this style of competition was a project to design a tiny house made from a shipping container. In other competitions, students create their design or model on site in a proscribed time frame.
Besides the competition, students get to hear about career pathways from guest speakers from local industries, the Port, the Pendleton UAS Range Mission (drones), and others. As stated in the TSA mission, the organization enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM, whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs. A full description of the organization can be found on their website at http://www.tsaweb.org/
Interested in starting a TSA at your school? There are spots for high school and middle school students to form local chapter. Your CTE teacher/s can get them started. Dave Fowler, at Heppner High School heads-up the regional effort. Ping him at Dave.Fowler@morrow.k12.or.us
REAL LIFE MATH
DINNER WITH STEM PROFESSIONALS
MATERIALS LENDING LIBRARY
SUMMER STEM CAMP
Making a Difference at Schools
Last summer 23 students from around eastern Oregon gathered at Umatilla High School to spend three days learning about STEM. The students visited the Elkhorn Valley Wind Farm, Defrees Ranch, Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University. They showed each other how to fly drones and met with college students who are earning STEM degrees. At the end of the week, they thought about something that they could do to make a difference in their school or community. A few highlights from their accomplishments so far are described here. Please congratulate these students on their efforts when you see them!
Students Rhett Landon and Risa Thompson at Crane Union High School in Harney County have organized an event similar to Dinner with STEM Professionals. Their STEM in the High Desert Dinner is scheduled to take place on January 6th at the fairgrounds in Burns. There will be a keynote speaker along with a variety of STEM professionals sharing about their careers over tri-tip steaks!
Three students at Heppner High School, Caitlyn Scrivner, Charles Cason and Carson Brosnan, in Morrow County are planning to deliver a series of STEM lessons to students at their elementary school in February. They will be learning about the properties of Slime, All about Robots, Designs in our Future and having Fun with Math Games. They are really excited about the project and can’t wait to start teaching!
Students at Pendleton High School in Umatilla County are working on plans to add LEGO robotics teams in their school district. Last August, PHS student, Landon Thornburg, attended at training session through Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program with adult leaders from around the region to learn more about running a LEGO team.
GO-STEM partners from around the region look forward to continuing to develop this program over the coming years and expand opportunities for students to build leadership skills connected to STEM.