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The UP STEM Center presents Tommy Pham, the patent lead for Nike. Pham is a UP alum with majors in biology and business. Learn about what he does and how he got there in Franz 120 on Thursday, April 12th 2018 from 7 pm – 8 pm.
Cascadia Earthquake Education
The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center is offering a self-paced on-line Professional Development opportunity! Bob Butler, UP Professor Emeritus, has designed a course entitled Cascadia Earthquake Education. The course is organized into four modules which introduce plate tectonics and earthquakes and then connect this general knowledge specifically with Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Within each chapter, a video lecture (or series of video lectures) introduces the topic, along with additional video lectures and animations. Most chapters contain lesson plans for classroom activities and demonstrations. These lesson plans were designed for middle school students but can be adapted to elementary and high school levels. Each lesson plan specifies the Next Generation Science Standards addressed. Most lesson plans have an accompanying set of supporting resources such as student worksheets and answer keys. It is estimated that it will take about 28 hours to complete the course, so successful completion of the course will result in your receiving a certificate for 28 PDUs or 28 WA clock hours. If you have an interest and would like to register for the course, please send your preferred email to email@example.com. You will receive information sometime in July detailing how to access this free online course!
Family STEM Day 2018
The UP STEM Center and the KDP Reading Fair proudly hosted the third Family STEM event. The focus this year was Exploring the World Through Reading and STEM, using both the members of Kappa Delta Phi and multitude of STEM related clubs from UP and even Roosevelt High School! This year welcomed 222 PK-8 students and 194 of their family members to the spectacular event that lasted for 4 hours between 11 am-3 pm on February 25th in the Chiles Center. Thanks again to the Picketts for funding the event!
Night School Documentary and Panel
Hosted by the STEM Center, School of Sociology, and Kappa Delta Phi, UP students got the chance to watch Night School on February 27th, a documentary about three adults struggling to earn their high school diploma amid the complexities of their lives and social situations. After watching the film, viewers had the chance to participate in a panel discussion featuring Rich Christen and Eric Anctil from the School of Education, and Lauren Alfrey from the School of Sociology.
STEM Grad Panel
Come to Franz 206 on Tuesday, November the 14th for our annual STEM Graduate Panel. From 7-8 pm, our guest panelists will give tips on how to get accepted to graduate school and get financial assistance to further your STEM education and discuss other potential options. Refreshments will be served!
Our Panelists this year are:
- Thomas Dick from Oregon State University
- Heather Dillon from our Engineering department
- Erik Sanchez from Portland State University
- Steve Wojcikiewicz, head of the UP PACE Program
- Lilian Grundy from the UP PSOBA
Tisha Morrell (Education) presented an all-day workshop, Working with NGSS, for close to 250 elementary and middle school science teachers of the Portland Archdiocese at Central Catholic High School on October 13, 2017.
2016 Family STEM Night
On November 17th, 2016, 184 K-8 students accompanied by their family members came to Howard Hall for presentations and activities on STEM subjects. These activities were presented by 47 students (including 4 from PSU) and professors in CAS, engineering, education, and nursing. Some of the activities included origami paper-airplanes, miniature cloud formations, penny stacking boats, and a robotic tank!
PD Summer Outreach
The UP STEM Education and Outreach Center partnered with Everfi (an educational technology company) this summer to provide professional development to middle school teachers in STEM education. The curriculum explored, called Future Goals, connected various STEM concepts to the game of ice hockey! Presenters included Jacquie Van Hoomissen (Biology), Paige Hoffert (Engineering), Tamar More (Physics), Tisha Morrell (Education), and Stephanie Salomone (Mathematics). Special thanks to Sam Williams and Maria Erb (Academic Technology Services) for making the PD synchronously available to teachers outside the Portland Metropolitan area. For more information on the curriculum, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary Principals Meeting
On March 11th, 2016, Patricia Morrell and Julie Kalnin (Education), Sister Angela Hoffman (Chemistry), Stephanie Salomone (Math), and Tim Doughty (Engineering) met with the Archdioceses of Portland to provide professional development in STEM subjects to principals and teachers.
Family STEM Night at the Howard Hall Gym.
On Thursday, November 19th 2015, the STEM Education and Outreach Center had their first Family STEM Night on the UP campus. Just under 140 K-8 schoolchildren, accompanied by approximately 170 adults and family members, were given the chance to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math with different activities presented by approximately 100 University of Portland students, club members, and faculty representing the College of Arts and Sciences, and schools of Engineering, Nursing, and Education.
April 9th, 2015
The University of Portland’s STEM Center had a family science night at Astor School.
November 20, 2014
The University of Portland’s STEM Center had a science night on at Holy Redeemer School.
June 5, 2014
The University of Portland’s STEM Group with Portland State University’s SOS, Student Outreach Society, participated in another science night at Le Monde French Immersion Charter School.
For information about PSU’s Student Outreach Society, click here
April 10, 2014
University of Portland students participated in the Science Night at Astor School in North Portland.