January, 2017

Latino Virtual Museum

January 16
OMSI in Portland
CKC Set 2

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 as they relate to Latinos. These online  resources were created to enhance visitor's knowledge, understanding and appreciation  of Latino Cultural Heritage through innovative and engaging online experiences.

Code.org: Computer Science Fundamentals

January 19-20
Grants Pass
CKC Set 2

The goal of the Code.org 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.

Science Action Club: Birds

January 19
Grants Pass
CKC Set 2
LEC (pending)

Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC: Birds  investigate nature, document their discoveries, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. Afterschool staff receive in-depth training on SAC kits, activity guidebooks, and best practices for teaching STEM in the informal learning environment. The citizen science based activities are perfect for out-of-school-time programs!

Programs who register for the training are also signing on to complete the full 10 lesson plans this Spring with at least 15 students enrolled each session. Facilitators from each site will be asked to give feedback after each lesson in an online document. Participating sites will receive the $500 kit for free from the California Institute of Sciences along with the curriculum and free training.


This training will also be offered on the following dates:

January 27, 2017 in Wilsonville


February 10, 2017 in Eugene

Register HERE for FREE
Great Art in Afterschool

January 20
Grants Pass 
CKC Set 2

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!

Web Literacy 

January 28
CKC Set 2 

In this interactive training, participants will explore how to engage school-aged youth in Mozilla Web Clubs with a focus on web literacy as outlined in the Mozilla web literacy map. Participants will explore how to support youth voice, successfully create groups and teams for Web Literacy activities, use the agile process to complete work in group.

Happy 2017 from all of us at OregonASK!
2016 in Review

This video montage holds some of our favorite memories from 2016. Thanks to all of you, the network expanded, the conversations were plentiful, and the role of afterschool across the state grew! Here's to another year of conversation, learning, and play... 

Click the photo to view the video or follow this link


The new  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) moves states to the forefront on education policy and resource allocation. Taking advantage of the moment, the  Overdeck Family Foundation is supporting the  Afterschool Alliance and  STEM Education Coalition to lead a multi-state initiative equipping the Mott  Statewide Afterschool Networks to advance policy at the state level favorable to high-quality STEM learning in out-of-school time (OST) settings.

Oregon is one of the six statewide networks that have been chosen to receive additional support and technical assistance to deepen our work surrounding STEM and ESSA implementation. With support from the Overdeck Foundation, OregonASK convened 4 meetings on ESSA and the role afterschool plays in supporting STEM Education and workforce readiness.

If you want to learn more, follow this link to learn about the Overdeck Foundations wonderful work!

Science in the Rear-view Mirror 

Now that 2016 has drawn to a close, science writers and editors have been working overtime to summarize the year's most notable news, from  detection of Einstein's predicted gravitational waves  to the  Zika virus  to  zombie genes  that turn on after an animal dies. Take a quick look back with at the year that was, with  Science,   Discover,   the BBC Science News,  and even a summary of underappreciated science news from  The Atlantic.
Staying Active (and warm!) in the winter 

Do the winter blues have you and your students down, with the cold temperatures keeping you trapped indoors? Staying active in the winter months can be difficult, here are some suggestions for keeping your students moving.

1. Put it in writing. Establish an indoor activity policy at your program that states that activity time will not be canceled, but moved inside when the weather is too wet or cold. Once it becomes a policy, it's harder to make excuses.

2. Be creative. No gymnasium available for recess? Convert your cafeteria into a gy m or map out a track in your programs space. You can make just about any space an active one with the right motivation.

3. Use whatever "equipment" you have available. You don't need fancy equipment to get moving. Try jogging in place, jumping jacks, or holding yoga poses, which you can do even in a classroom setting. 

Summer Learning: House Education Work Group

Over Summer 2016, OregonASK participated in a House Education Work Group on Summer Learning with Barbara Smith-Warner and many state-level organizations. A report on the work and achievements of the work group is currently in development-- keep an eye out for it soon!
2017 ProjectCSGIRLS 
Competition for Middle School Girls
The  ProjectCSGIRLS  C ompetition for Middle School Girls c hallenges participants in 6th-8th grade to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. Judges will select semifinalists, finalists, and national winners. All finalists will receive a fully paid trip to DC for our national gala, the ultimate celebration of girls in computing, in June of 2017 during which they will participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, tour tech companies, participate in a formal awards ceremony, and showcase their projects to the public. Registration for the 2017 ProjectCSGIRLS competition closes February 15th, 2017. The deadline to submit projects is April 15th, 2017. Mentors will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis so if students would like to request a mentor, they should register early! 

Follow this link for more information. 

Inspiration to Innovation in 2017
NAA Webinar

As afterschool professionals, we encourage children to be creative and innovative in their problem-solving, try new things, explore new possibilities, and think big. But how often as adult professionals do we practice this ourselves? Join NAA President, Gina Warner, as she presents on:
  • The impact innovation has made in the field of afterschool.
  • Strategies for finding ideas and inspiration.
  • Future innovation of the association and how it can help your program.
Visit the NAA Website for more details and to register 
Child Hunger Prevention Conference

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Child Hunger Prevention Conference!  Registration is $20 per person (cost includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments.) Register early to secure your spot! 

We are excited to announce that Dayle Hayes, MS, RD will be our keynote speaker at the conference. Dayle Hayes recently wrote a guest blog for us explaining  Why School Meals Rock. In this blog, she offers nine ways to support school meals and highlights some amazing school food in Oregon. 
You serve Oregon's youth and children, we serve you!

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