Excellence In Expanded Learning Award!

Please join us in honoring Colin Crane-Smith, Lead Teacher for Airway Science for Kids, Inc. with this OregonASK Excellence In Expanded Learning Award!

Colin joined Airway Science for Kids, Inc. in May 2015 and has taken off in his role as ASK’s Lead Instructor.

He facilitates InFlight Classes at PCC – Cascade with middle and high school youth, introducing them to flight through simulation and guiding them in Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation arts, and Math activities. His enthusiasm and creativity allow him to engage students in exciting topics such as the physics of flight, as well as important leadership and life skills.

This year Colin also taught ASK’s first groups of elementary aged youth, leading classes of first and second grade students in an aviation based curriculum to much success. He also facilitated the MIT Zero Robotics computer programing camp this summer with 10 middle school youth from the N/NE Portland community who placed 2nd in the regional competition.

As Airway Science for Kids, Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds, Colin has been key to maintaining a high quality of programing for the growing population of Airway Science students and staff. When he isn’t teaching, he mentors new ASK Instructors in curriculum and program implementation, ensuring fidelity and continuity while providing tremendous support to instructors new to Airway Science for Kids, Inc.

OregonASK is proud to honor Colin and all he does for afterschool with the first Excellence in Expanded Learning Award, meant to honor the teachers, directors, and staff whose dedication supports the quality of experience in the field of expanded learning for kids. Along with the award itself, Colin will receive $50.00 from OregonASK and free registration for next year’s Oregon Afterschool Conference.


National Mentoring Month

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? Research shows girls and underrepresented students benefit from relationships with role models and mentors who can provide valuable information about future careers. Within the world of STEM, we know this to be especially true. Help youth connect with a STEM professional near you!

The FabFems Project: A collection of resources for role models, educators, and parents to inspire and educate girls about science, computer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses and careers. The website includes Resources for Role Models and Resources for Girls.

Techbridge: A Role Models Matter Online Training Toolkit is available to help develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM through readings, videos, and questions.

Oregon Connections: Utilize this local database of STEM professionals and experts to help enhance student experiences in your program.


Oregon Game Project Challenge


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 (OGPC) is excited to get ready for their ninth annual competition in which middle and high school students from across Oregon form teams in a theme-based challenge to come up with a computer game that follows that theme in creative ways.  Game creation through OGPC encompasses the entire STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focus in one unified program. It bridges the disciplines in a way that most academic courses do not and encourages students with differing strengths to work together.

The 2015-2016 season kicked off on November 14th with the announcement of this years theme… CLICK HERE to find out the theme and get your team signed up!


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