Oregon has been selected as one of six states to participate in the first year of a national Leap into Science network initiative. Our state leadership team organizations include: OregonASK, State Library of Oregon, Southern Oregon STEM Hub and Oregon Center for Career Development. The four-year initiative is led by The Franklin Institute, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the Institute for Learning Innovation, and will be evaluated by the Education Development Center, with support from the National Science Foundation.
Developed by The Franklin Institute, Leap into Science is a nationwide program that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer programs in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. This evidence-based program will be made available to a limited number of informal educators in Oregon through in-person trainings. Funding for this project allows us to provide reduced cost resources through 2021.
Oregon’s State Leadership Team will be coordinating with regional partners this spring to set up our first year of trainings for informal educators and partners. If you are interested in hosting or participating in this project, please contact Bethany.Thramer@oregonask.org.