December, 2016

Art & STEAM in Afterschool

December 9th in Umatilla
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
REGISTER NOW for just $25

Great Art in Afterschool
This hands-on workshop will run through fun art-based activities for school age kids that go beyond crafts and explore learning about and creating amazing artwork!

Including Great Art Practices in Your STEAM Program
This training will give you great ideas for making the most of Art in your STEAM program. We will explore best practices for integrating art and design projects into great STEM curriculum. Participants will leave with clear strategies for relating art and science through creative thinking.

2 separate 2 hour trainings, each portion is eligible for a Set 2 CKC: Learning Environments and Curriculum credit. 
Latino Virtual Museum

More Information Coming Soon 

The Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) is a Transmedia hub for 2D and 3D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds and programs in real-time. The resources highlight the Smithsonian art and science collections a s they relate to Latinos. The LVM has a Bilingual Teacher Training Toolkit to support educators with integrating this robust collection of trans media and virtual exhibits into their existing STEM and Arts programs. Join OregonASK for a training on how to best use this incredible resource! 

Registration coming soon! 

Computer Science Fundamentals

January 19-20 in  Grants Pass
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Best for K-5 programs

The goal of the CS Fundamentals workshop is to prepare teachers with computer science pedagogy and problem-solving skills/tactics for preparing and teaching lessons. 

Teachers will practice the Teacher, Learner, Observer Model; practice the online components of the curriculum; explore equity in the classroom; and address barriers to implementing Computer Science curriculum in the classroom.
Great Art in Afterschool: Creative Projects & Activities for School Age Kids

January 20th in  Grants Pass
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This hands-on workshop will run through fun art-based activities for school age kids that go beyond crafts and explore learning about and creating amazing artwork!
Registration Coming Soon!
NCCE 2017 Conference
March 22nd-24th
 Register Now  to join NCCE in Portland, OR to learn more about Bridging Today's Capabilities with Tomorrow's Opportuni ties .
Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) provides year-round professional learning opportunities for K-20 administrators, educators and support staff and prides itself on  presenting a high-quality, cutting-edge conference every year. 

Free STEM Messaging Webinars

World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion  student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity to afterschool programs. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: either climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is  February 23, 2017 . Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at their website, 

Be an Advocate for Afterschool & Summer Learning

Make sure to mark your calendars to join us in Salem for our  Afterschool & Summer Day at the Capitol  on May 2nd, 2017 to help inform policy makers about this wonderful opportunity to further support families during afterschool hours and summer months.  Fill out THIS FORM  to let us know you are interested in joining the efforts.  
Happy Holidays from all of us at OregonASK! Thank you for supporting youth and families by providing quality afterschool and summer programs.
Family Science Nights

OregonASK is excited to announce a new partnership with the Portland Council PTA! Working together, we are bringing training to PTA leaders so that they can hold family engineering nights at their schools. Six pilot schools are a part of the project, with hopes to expand next school year to include additional schools. This year, Boise-Eliot, Creston, Faubion, Hayhurst, Scott and Vestal were selected to participate. We look forward to sharing this opportunity with additional PTAs next school year.

Portland Council PTA held a city wide meeting on October 20, 2016 to share how STEM education can inspire student learning and how PTAs can play a role in engaging families to create positive STEM identities for all students. It was a great evening with hands on activities and information on how everyone can play a substantial role in supporting STEM in their schools. 

You're Invited!
ESSA & Afterschool STEM Integration

OregonASK is excited to be working with the Oregon Department of Education, Chief Education Office and an amazing group of stakeholders as help  policymakers and STEM partners thoroughly understand the importance and role that afterschool and summer STEM opportunities play for creating equitable systems to support all youth in Oregon.  

Over the last several weeks, we have been working to understand how we might be able to utilize the new ESSA authorization to better integrate informal STEM & CTE opportunities within our state education plan moving forward. We will be discussing our strategies and recommendations at our next open work group meeting, December 14th in Salem. If you are interested and able to join us to provide feedback, please RSVP to let us know how many to expect. 

If you are interested in hearing more about the state ESSA plan, you can also CLICK HERE to see the schedule of Department of Education Community Forums to share the draft plan. 
Computer Science Education Week
December 5th-11th

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and join the largest learning event in history by hosting or attending an Hour of Code! The Hour of Code is a global 
movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180  countries.  Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event.  One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. There is no experience needed, and anyone a ges 4 to 104 can participate. CLICK HERE  for more information about participating, hosting an event or finding  out what's happening near you.

This year the National Girls Collaborative Project will celebrate CSEdWeek by hosting online activities and spotlighting computer science programs in the NGCP network that help engage girls in computer science education. View the schedule of events and join the conversation online using the hashtag #NGCPCSEdWeek16. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook to stay connected!
Family Holiday Fun

Holidays give us an exciting time to bond with our families, and lots of time for explorative fun. Check out these resources for some holiday themed STEM learning!
girlstart DeSTEMber

DeSTEMber was created by Girlstart as a month long program to drive awareness for STEM, showing kids and families that 'STEM is everywhere.'  DeSTEMber's online activity blogs and write-ups are provided as a resource to explore STEM at home. New activities open up weekly! 

BirdSleuth  Webinars and Mini-Grants

BirdSleuth offers a variety of free webinars each month open to all educators. All of the webinars are interactive and provide background content, highlight new and relevant educational resources, and allow discussion for successful implementation of such information and activities. Each webinar is roughly 45 minutes with 15 minutes allocated for questions. CLICK HERE  to see upcoming webinars, and access archived webinars. 

The work you do deserves recognition! If you've been getting kids outside and engaged with habitat improvements or citizen science, tell BirdSleuth about it on their Action Map and you could be eligible for mini-grants. Learn more about their current mini-grants and see how you can win a classroom set of binoculars or funds to continue your schoolyard improvement project by clicking HERE.
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