July 2022
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From the Director's Desk
Hello and happy summer-

June has been a busy month for us at the Hub as we wrap up the first year of a number of new initiatives we launched last fall, prepare for summer programs and camps, conduct our annual data collection and reporting, and begin gearing up for the upcoming school year. In the midst of this, we’re also taking time for professional development as part of our commitment to continual learning and growth. 

In that vein, I had the opportunity last week to travel
to Bay City, Michigan to participate in the STEM Ecosystems Convening, a global community of practice focused on elevating the visibility and accessibility of STEM professions for all. Oregon is a leader in this organization with its statewide model of STEM Hubs sustained by backbone funding authorized by the legislature. 

In addition to the learning and networking opportunities provided at the conference,
I also had a free afternoon in Detroit that I chose to spend at the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the premier art museums in the United States. With more than 60,000 works comprising a multicultural survey of human creativity - from Van Gogh and Diego Rivera to Mickalene Thomas and Jean-Michel Basquiat - it is a must-see. Of particular interest is the museum’s emphasis on pieces that demonstrate the intersection between science and the arts, with several exhibits that explore how science and tech - from the x-ray, telescope, aviation, and the psyche - influence art and vice versa. STEM and art, aka STEAM, go hand-in-hand and are integral to this awesome adventure we humans take into the unknown world of the future. 

Cheers to you all on your adventures this summer and remember to look for the STEAM in your everyday,

Sarah Whiteside
Executive Director

Pictured: Adolph Gottlieb, American, 1903-1974. Falling Star. 1956. Oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Classroom to Career:
Developments in Career Connected Learning
Educator Externships with GAPS

Twelve K-12 educators from Linn and Benton Counties participated in a two-day GAPS Educator Externship on June 22 and 23. Knife River Training Center, Valliscor, Albany Public Works Water Reclamation, Concept Systems, and Lazarus 3D were industry hosts. Including
a tour, each host shared a company overview, workforce trends, in-demand skills, and the education/training/credentialing paths to employment. Staff shared about their role, career path and things that they think are important for students to know to prepare them for employment. Each day concluded with a facilitated debrief and discussion on how to integrate what the educators learned into individual classes and across the K-12 system.

--- Danielle Jarkowsky, Business & Industry Outreach & Equity Specialist
Educators outside of Knife River Training Center dome.
MVSCH Media: A Step Ahead & Closing the Gap
A Step Ahead

Do you have a
student interested
in a career in healthcare? 

Get some more information on positions like sleep technician and medical assistant through our educational video series, A Step Ahead. 

Healthcare skills are always in demand. Set your student up for a stable and well-paying career by having them pursue any of the 1-year certificate programs or 2-year degree programs at Linn-Benton Community College. 

Check out everything that
A Step Ahead has to offer, here.
Closing the Gap

We are posting our final episode of Closing the Gap: Season Two in July. This month, we are talking to Audrey Anderson. Audrey is a culinary arts instructor at Linn-Benton Community College and is also currently training as a firefighter. Join us as we discuss time management and pursuing multiple careers. This episode will be available on July 18th.

We’ll be back with an all-new season of Closing the Gap in September. While you’re waiting, listen to our back catalog; we have 17 great episodes to keep you entertained all summer long! 

You can listen to Closing the Gap on our website and Spotify.
If you are a woman in STEM, or have a career in manufacturing or a skilled trade and would like to talk about your experience, contact Kacey Montgomery at montgok@linnbenton.edu.
Spotlighting a Partner!
Thank you to the Pacific Power Foundation for ‘Powering our greatness’ by supporting
STEM education and professional development for early education partners in Linn
and Benton Counties!
Domino Track Challenge at Scio High School!
Scio High School students finished out their school year with some domino track chain reaction fun! Students were challenged with building a domino chain reaction and successfully completing one lap around their room using planks of wood to travel between tables. This is a great STEM challenge activity for all ages and educators can check out the Domino Track Chain Reactions kit from our Lending Library!
LEGO Disaster Island at Philomath Elementary School
2nd and 4th-grade students recently enjoyed trying their hand at the LEGO Disaster Island challenge! Students have 20 minutes to work as teams to build an island out of LEGO bricks. After 20 minutes, each group is given the 2nd part of their challenge - to build a solution to a disaster that has struck their beautiful island paradise. Whether it’s rabid platypuses (yes, that’s correct - I looked it up), zombies, or treasure-hunting pirates, students have a great time designing solutions to the challenges. This is a great STEM challenge activity for all ages and educators can check out the LEGO Disaster Island kit from our Lending Library!
Lending Library News & Updates
Summer Camp Resources
The Educator Lending Library is open for camp instructors throughout the summer!

Need some ideas for how to use the Educator Lending Library this summer? Borrow Makedo for your campers’ cardboard creations, SumBlox to keep them engaged with math, and get them observing nature with the Outdoor Observation Kit!
Making the MILL

The MVSCH and LBCC are working on creating a space on the LBCC Albany campus that we’re calling the MILL (Maker and Innovation Learning Lab). We envision the MILL to be a shared place for our communities in Linn and Benton county to explore possibilities, develop skills, solve problems, and create beauty; a space that fosters courage, kindness, and generosity. The MILL will be a resource for projects big and small, rapid prototyping (3D printing, laser cutting, etc), fiber arts, and all sorts of other equipment and support for collaboration, experiential learning and open, constructivist pedagogy. 

One of the primary reasons for launching this space is to be a place where underrepresented groups in STE(A)M and CTE are the leaders and experts. Please contact Forrest Johnson at johnsof@linnbenton.edu if you are interested in being an expert in the MILL, and stay tuned for updates!
Check out our Lending Library today!
Fill out the Educator Lending Library request form, and check out the rest of the MVSCH Lending Library Catalog. For more information, email Forrest Johnson.
Resources, Events, & Upcoming Opportunities
STEM/CTE Community Bulletin Board
What's happening in your school/business/organization? Send us your news items for the Community Bulletin Board in our monthly newsletter and we'll help you spread the word! We ask that submissions be regional, non-commercial, STEM/CTE germane, and be limited to one sentence and a link. Submissions are due by the third Monday of each month.
Educator Opportunities
Southern Oregon EdTech Summit
Fellow educators from across Southern Oregon and around the state will provide practical ways to engage students in multiple methods for all age groups. They will also support administrators in visioning approaches to hybrid and distance learning.

The Oregon Mathways, an initiative of the Oregon Math Project, supports changes in secondary math teaching and learning to improve student engagement and preparation for college and career. The initiative does this through attention to equity, pedagogy, self-directed learning, and system alignment. Stakeholder engagement is critical to accomplishing this statewide transformation of secondary mathematics education.

1. To High School Math TeachersThis website is a hub for all the grant-funded Mathways projects. It will be updated regularly throughout the year and teachers are encouraged to reach out to grant holders/apply for opportunities as they are eligible.

2. To Math Teacher Leaders supporting 9-12 teachers: Here is a flyer for Ambitious Math Teaching professional learning. This is a wonderful opportunity for Math Leaders to learn collaboratively with colleagues who are also supporting high school teachers in the transition to 2+1! We hope the 50 leaders will be representative of our whole state!

3. To Building/District Administrators of 9-12Here is a flyer to share with building/district administrators who support high school mathematics teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to get administration on board with the shifts of 2+1 and how they can best support teachers.
High School Science for All: the Patterns Approach (Summer workshops are open for registration)

The five-day summer courses on the High School Science for All curriculum: NGSS Physics, NGSS Chemistry, and NGSS Biology will occur during the first three weeks of August. The courses provide a great foundation for teachers interested in utilizing the open-source curriculum and associated instruction strategies. The course model is a three-year pathway and curriculum is fully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The curriculum utilizes a storyline patterns approach to problem-based learning, common instructional strategies, real-world phenomena and design challenges that engage students and support their learning.

Course Information:
Each course will be offered in two different ways and you can choose which option works best for you. The first option is a fully virtual 5-day course and the second option is a hybrid 5-day course that offers key opportunities to experience the hands-on labs and engineering activities that are part of the curriculum. Both courses cover the first two units with a focus on the key pedagogical shifts needed to engage all students in solving real-world problems. Participants will learn how to engage all students in utilizing the science practices to understand and think critically about the world around them. The roles of inquiry, culturally responsive anchoring phenomena, and engineering projects are emphasized. Come with your colleagues to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards and how to implement them together as a team!

  • Hybrid - Physics for the Next Generation: August 1- 5, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Monday & Friday will be virtual. Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday will be in person at a high school in Beaverton)
  • Virtual - Physics for the Next Generation: August 1- 5, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Hybrid - Chemistry for the Next Generation: August 15 - 19, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Monday & Friday will be virtual. Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday will be in person at a high school in Salem)
  • Virtual - Chemistry for the Next Generation: August 15 - 19, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Hybrid - Biology for the Next Generation: August 8 - 12, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Monday & Friday will be virtual. Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday will be in person at a high school in Beaverton)
  • Virtual - Biology for the Next Generation: August 8 - 12, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Course Fee: $475

You can find more information about the approach and access the curriculum by visiting https://www.pdxstem.org/hs-science
The Rural STEAM Leadership Network invites Oregon's rural K-8 educators to enrich the statewide STEAM education conversation as Learning Facilitators.
Connect Statewide with other educators around NGSS, STEAM education, place-based education, and rural leadership.

Build your distance facilitation skills to
lead virtual professional development
for other educators.

Applications are due July 26th and applicants will be notified by July 28th.

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