Friday WREN Science Adventures

Location: Enterprise

Dates: multiple, from 8:30 am – 4 pm

  • April 12th (forestry and using math to measure and manage forests)

  • April 26th (writing in the landscape)

  • May 3rd (Engineering for the future: looking at renewable energy technologies and novel solutions to problems in the world. We will have a guest engineer with us for the day and kids will be building and racing solar cars, as well)

  • May 10th (Plant ID and botany on the Zumwalt Prairie along with education on invasives -accompanied by a field botanist and weed expert)

Audience: 5-8th graders

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Wallowa Resources classes teach skills in exploring, discussing, analyzing, and evaluating our environment. They also provide kids with guided hands-on field research and community service projects. Whenever possible, local nature resource professionals and landowners join the group, exposing students to future career opportunities, local knowledge, and real-life research. Visit www.wallowaresources.org  to register.

Cultural Values and the Science Classroom (webcast)

Date: April 16 4:30-5:30 pm

Audience: Educators (formal & informal)

Cost: Free to OSTA members, $5 for non-members

Location: Online

Join us as we welcome C. Greene, a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe. C. specializes in the integration, design, and instruction of Native American cultural values in program curriculum for formal and informal education platforms. During this interactive webcast, C Greene will share about what it looks like to teach in ways that are culturally responsive and sustaining for Indigenous youth, including selecting culturally relevant phenomena and problems to anchor units, as well as formative assessment tools that reflect cultural values.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend and will receive a certificate for one PDU upon completing an exit survey. Click here to learn more and register: https://www.oregonscience.org/event-3314163

Health Speaker Series

Date: April 30

Audience: Anyone

Cost: Free (and free DOnuts!)

Location: Eastern Oregon University

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC) is featuring two representatives from regional doctor of osteopathic (DO) medicine schools.  See Facebook link for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1204459569735426/

Region 5 Construction and Utility Career Day

Date: May 2

Audience: High schoolers

Location: Baker City Service Station

Cost: Free!

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) invites eastern Oregon high school students to learn about the construction and utilities trades.

4 Areas of Participation: 

  • Booth Exhibits provide valuable information for the students and educators. Contractors, utilities, state agencies, two- and four-year colleges, and trade apprenticeship programs will be among the booth exhibitors.

  • Hands-On Activities are opportunities for students to perform job-related skills and functions in a controlled environment, such as climbing power poles, using surveying equipment, hydraulic jack hammering, underground utilities inspection, etc.

  • Heavy Equipment will include static equipment with operators available to explain the nature of their job and related industries. Students will also be given the opportunity to operate some heavy equipment in a controlled, safe environment under skilled direction.

  • Utilities area will cover a variety of equipment necessary to perform daily maintenance, new construction, or emergency response that most utility companies experience. Students will climb utility poles, experience utility truck bucket use, and learn the day-to-day operation of a utility company’s equipment.

School registration information and more will be sent by March 2019. For more information: Sandy Lowe 541-963-1901, Sandy.LOWE@odot.state.or.us.

Re/Imagining Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Leadership, Land, and the Pursuit of Educational Justice

Date: May 3, 6:30 pm (keynote); May 4, 8:30 am – 2 pm (PK-12 workshop)

Audience: Keynote — public; PK-12 — educators, teams preferred

Cost: Free. Credit available at a discounted rate.

Location: Eastern Oregon University

The Center for Culturally Responsive Practices at Eastern Oregon University is proud to present a workshop for PK-12 educators with presenter Dr. Francisco Rios and Dr. Kristen French of Western Washington University.

The K-12 workshop is limited to 25 participants and preregistration is required, registration will close on April 26th.  We would prefer if school districts sent small teams to participate, so that the work can be shared and continued after the conclusion of the workshop.   Participants can earn one university credit a the discounted rate of $100 by participating in both events and completing a written assignment.

Visit https://www.eou.edu/ccrp/events/ to register.

KidWind Eastern Oregon Regional Competition

Date: Friday, May 10

Location: EOU, La Grande

Audience: Middle, High Schoolers (younger siblings welcome)

Cost: Free, registration required.

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on wind turbine design competition that engages students in STEM through the lens of wind energy. Student teams design and construct small wind turbines that are performance tested in a 4’ tall wind tunnel while also demonstrating their knowledge about wind energy to a panel of expert judges from across the wind industry.

Teams can compete in the 6th-8th grade division or the 9th-12th grade division. Prizes will be given for top finishers, and the first and second place teams in each division will be invited to the National KidWind Challenge being held in Houston on May 20-23, 2019.

Learn more about the challenge here: https://www.kidwindchallenge.org/p/1-about

STEM Week – May 4-12

During STEM Week:

  • Share your activities using Social Media (#STEMWeekOregon)

  • Send us your stories, photos, etc. of events happening in our region. We will share them across the state!

Need lesson ideas or tools/resources? Contact GO STEM!

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

Date: June 16-21

Audience: Students grades 9-12.

Cost: $160

Location: Cottonwood Canyon State Park (located along the John Day River on Highway 206 between Wasco and Condon)

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute (CCSI) is a week-long residential field studies program for high school students currently in grades 9-12. Participants choose from five course options where they learn about locally significant cultural or natural resources. Projects are led by EOU faculty, EOU Capstone students, and other regional professionals. More details online at: https://www.eou.edu/cottonwood-crossing/

Summer Teacher Externships

Dates: June 2019 (2 x 4-day sessions)

In cooperation with the Port of Morrow and Willamette Promise, Eastern Oregon Workforce Board is providing six (6) scholarships open to secondary teachers, regardless of subject area, to attend the Educator Externship that will take place in June 2019. Educators will need to apply at Willamette ESD Educator’s Externship.

The links below show the bigger picture and testimonials of the program from last year. These links have been provided by Kalie Davis, Workforce Training Manager from the Port of Morrow

EOWB’s Scholarship for the successful applicants will be $1,750.  Completion of the program will lead to credit hours through EOU. Scholarships are still available, but applications are reviewed as they are received– for priority, submit ASAP.  Applications may be sent to brenda@eowb.org or mailed to EOWB, PO Box 933, La Grande OR 97850.

Zero Robotics Summer Program

Term: July 8-August 9

Audience: Middle School

Cost: Free!

Zero Robotics is a FREE program from MIT that offers 5 weeks of programming curriculum for middle school students from July 8th – August 9th. You can see more about the curriculum on their website: http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/

Students work in teams to learn about:

  • computer programming

  • coding

  • robotics

  • space engineering

  • programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites)

The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams’ SPHERES battle aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Middle school participants will get to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary.

To sign up your team, please fill out this application form.

All of the curriculum is FREE, but programs do need to provide access to a computer lab as well as transportation to a Field Day the week of July 15th and to a Final Competition Day the week of August 12th. Programs are also asked to provide 15 hours of Zero Robotics instruction per each of the 5 weeks.

Have an event to share in our next newsletter? Email it to kwyoung1@eou.edu