Below are some of the projects that OregonASK is currently engaged with! Interested in getting involved? Contact Katie Lakey.

Access & Equity Survey as part of our Mott Foundation Opportunity Grant – OregonASK is working with a Data Design Team to compile and roll out the first Access & Equity Survey of expanded learning opportunities in Oregon. We will be targeting several specific regions and communities this spring with multiple tiers of data collection including survey and focus groups. For more information or questions about participating, please contact

Leap into Science – Developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum (TFI) and supported by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), Leap into Science is a series of evidence-based workshops that pair hands-on science activities with children’s books for children ages 3-10 and their families. This National Science Foundation funded project is designed to bring high quality STEM and literacy resources to community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved families in accessible and familiar settings, using a Train the Trainer model. Trainings around Oregon will begin in the Spring of 2018. Read the LEAP Project Profile or contact for more information about upcoming training opportunities.

Service to Careers – This Service Learning training was developed by OregonASK in partnership with the National Youth Leadership Council. This Youth Voice led curriculum is meant for middle school aged youth, and has been developed by OregonASK. OregonASK has started our first pilot with programs from several communities around Oregon in March 2018. Read more about the Service to Careers Project Profile or contact Rachel Kessler if interested in participating in the next cohort of programs.

CATCH Kids Club Training of Trainers – The CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum contains nutrition and fitness activities for afterschool programs. This 3-day event will train 35 front line staff to implement CATCH in their programs. 15 of those front line staff will get additional training to become trainers on the CATCH  curriculum and bring the training back to their communities. All CATCH trainers will be enrolled in the Oregon Registry and required to become Community Trainers.

Click2Science STEM Micro-Credentials – OregonASK Click2Science Trainers take participants through training and coaching on teaching effective STEM lessons in afterschoool. After receiving a passing score on an observation of them teaching a STEM lesson, participants will receive a digital badge from Click2Science and the National Afterschool Association, along with Set 2 training credit through the Oregon Registry.

Family Science Nights with the Portland Council PTA– Parents are essential to a child’s positive STEM Identity. To help empower parents to engage with their children around STEM, OregonASK partnered with the Portland Council PTA in the spring of 2017 to host Family Science Nights. PTA leaders and afterschool program staff at their attended training to brush up on best practices for leading informal STEM activities and hosting meaningful events. Six pilot PTAs were a part of the first cohort, and we hope to expand next year to include additional schools. Each site received training, a kit of materials, a guidebook, and coaching support. The six PTAs were Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Creston, Faubion, Hayhurst, Scott, and Vestsal. Click here for photos from the events!

School Age Professional Credential Professional Learning Community- a 6-9 month long process including monthly meetings, school age specific training, and peer support using the Oregon Registry’s School Age Professional Credential portfolio as a guiding document.

Beyond the Bell: School Age Program Management Professional Learning Community- using the Beyond the Bell Toolkit  for Creating Effective Afterschool and Expanded Learning Programs created by the American Institutes for Research to learn about best practices for program management. This learning community includes in person training, webinars with local and national experts, and time for networking and leadership development. All training sessions are approved by the Oregon Registry.

School Age Trainer Professional Learning Community- a 9-month long process including 20 hours of adult learning theory, mentoring and co-training, and content development. All training hours will be linked to the Oregon Registry.

Service Learning: The Art of Life- Oregon ASK and the National Youth Leadership Council are working together to support service learning projects in select middle school aged afterschool programs in Oregon, in the first year of a Service Learning pilot. Funded by a grant from the Mott Foundation,  the projects have access to an online platform to work on and share their service learning endeavors. The clubs are led by middle school youth, with facilitation by adults trained in meaningful service learning for kids. The service-learning projects were developed by each group to suit the specific needs of their communities, while engaging in art, environmental science, or health educational standards for middle school.

Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3)-The SL3 Project works to keep elementary school libraries open during the summer, in partnership with summer lunch services. This project targets schools that have high numbers of students eligible for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program, a high percentage of students who do not meet the third grade reading bench mark, and host summer lunch. Sites are given tools to supplement their enrichment offerings and books to distribute to students.

Web Literacy Professional Learning Community- a year-long process consisting of three days of training, webinar refresher training, and individual coaching. These trainings use curriculum from Mozilla, each training will cover new web literacy content for upper elementary and middle school aged youth, and participants will learn the best practices for teaching STEM and Computer Science. All training hours will be linked to the Oregon Registry.

Zero Robotics– The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is an innovative and inspiring program for middle school students that is truly out of this world! The five-week STEM curriculum introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams’ SPHERES compete aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is provided through a partnership between the MIT Space Systems Lab, the Innovation Learning Center, and Aurora Flight Sciences. The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is sponsored by NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and the Northrup Grumman Foundation. OregonASK coordinates the program in Oregon.