Leap into Science

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Oregon is one of six states participating 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 2020. You can read more about Oregon LEAP into Science Project here.

National Leap into Science Week – February 25th – March 3rd

Upcoming Year 2 Trainings

  • April 6th at Gilbert House Children’s Museum 
  • April 13th at Linn Benton Community College – Registration Coming Soon
  • April 17th & 20th Oregon Library Association Conference – Participants must attend at least a portion of the conference to sign up for the training. If you have questions, you can contact Greta.Bergquist@state.or.us

Year 1 Completed Trainings

  • December 1st Roseburg Training 
  • October 5th Training in Ontario
  • Training at Beaverton City Library September 20th
  • Southern Oregon Training on September 14th & 15th

Participants who attend the FREE training will be expected to:

  • Complete three workshops (two for youth and one with families)
  • Receive one kit of curriculum and materials (valued at $300)
  • Receive ongoing support and become a part of a Leap into Science National Network
  • Have access to the national Leap into Science leadership team and online resources
  • Participate in ongoing evaluation activities (i.e. surveys, interviews, site visits)

Contact Bethany.thramer@oregonask.org with questions