FIRST Funding Available

Daimler Trucks North America is providing up to $225,000 to fund FIRST programs throughout Oregon and SW Washington. FIRST programs inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. Accepting applications through November 30, 2015. More information here.

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Inventerprise 2015

Central Oregon students can show their ingenuity while competing for cash and other prizes in the 2015 Inventerprise science contest. This year’s contest challenges students to devise new ways that would help us prevent, survive, mitigate, or even harness a natural disaster’s power. The annual competition for all Central Oregon students in Grades K-12 is sponsored by Bend Research Inc., with help from the Bend-La Pine School District and Central Oregon Community College. Prizes will be awarded at all grade levels. The students submitting the top high-school entries will receive a portion of the $1,800 cash prize. The student submitting the top middle-school entry will choose…

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Teacher’s Night Out

Don’t miss the High Desert Museum’s 7th annual appreciation night and community resource fair exclusively for educators! Kick off the school year with a fun gathering of teachers, educators, administrators, and community partners. Learn about programs, services, and resources provided by community partners like the STEM Hub. Doors open early for exhibit previews and special programming 5:00 pm Ranch and Sawmill Tour 5:30 pm Bird of Prey Encounter 6:00 pm Educational Networking, Appetizers, and Drinks 7:00 pm Raffle Giveaways Click here for more information and to register.

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PD Opportunities

Lots of professional development opportunities are coming up for teachers in June, including intensive focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards and technology education. Check out the calendar for a complete list! We plan to make more opportunities available during the late August and early September back to school time. Exact offerings are still flexible, so if there’s a particular topic you’d like to see, let us know by emailing info@centraloregonstem.org.

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STEM Week Oregon

May 2–10, 2015 is officially STEM Week Oregon, a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate, and engage young people in activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Anyone, anywhere in the state can participate. The statewide network of STEM Hubs is collaborating to promote this opportunity to spread the word about STEM in Oregon. Visit stemoregon.org/stemweek (hosted by our friends at the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership) for more information or to register your event or activity and use the hashtag #STEMWeekOregon to share your experiences.

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Solar 4R Schools Renewable Energy Educator Lab

Stipends are available for a STEM curriculum development opportunity: Solar 4R Schools is recruiting Northwest K-12 educators to participate in their Renewable Energy Educator Lab, a year-long STEM curriculum development program. Participating teachers will be part of a small group of educators that collaborate throughout the year to design, test, and implement exciting new lessons into their classrooms while diving deeper into the science of renewable energy. Along with access to content experts, teachers also receive a $5000 stipend and up to $3500 in materials to test and implement their lesson. The deadline to apply is May 24th, 2015. More information.

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