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

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.

CyberDay4Girls – Designed for girls in grades 7 & 8, #IBMCyberDay4Girls helps to build knowledge of cybersecurity through a fun day of learning, games and giveaways! OregonASK is partnering with IBM to support this opportunity for young girls to be learn about solving real world problems and protecting their online identities. This day of hands-on learning and exploration will help inspire young girls in the opportunities that lay ahead. Register Now to bring girls from your program

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. Trainings for Year 1 Leap into Science Balance Workshops, began 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 as a Youth Voice led curriculum meant for middle school aged youth. We started our first pilot with programs from several communities around Oregon in March 2018. Read more about the Service to Careers Project Profile or Register Here to join our fall cohort training on August 24th. You can contact Rachel Kessler with any questions.

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 Clubs-  This training and incubation project focuses on sharing resources for digital literacy curriculum, lessons, and activities. Participants will utilize the Web Literacy Map developed by Mozilla to help guide them in understanding how basic web literacy skills are needed to reach national standards and equip students for a successful future. Facilitators will be introduced to a variety of quality online resources available at no cost to programs, providing months worth of content in web literacy, coding, web design, and other computer science skills for upper elementary and middle school aged youth. Implementation will also focus on best practices for creating equitable learning environment for STEM and Computer Science. Register Now to join fall cohort.

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.

Previous Projects:

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 continued the partnership to work with year 1 sites and expand in 2018. Sites received training, a kit of materials, a guidebook, and coaching support. Click here for photos from the events!

School Age Professional Credential Professional Learning Community- a 6-9 month long process included monthly meetings, school age specific training, and peer support using the Oregon Registry’s School Age Professional Credential portfolio as a guiding document. Providers from southern Oregon to the Oregon coast to Portland participated. 

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.

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 trained 35 front line staff to implement CATCH in their programs. 15 of those front line staff got additional training to become trainers on the CATCH  curriculum and bring the training back to their communities. All CATCH trainers are enrolled in the Oregon Registry and required to become Community Trainers.

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 worked together to support service learning projects in select middle school aged afterschool programs in Oregon. During the first year of our Service Learning pilot funded by a grant from the Mott Foundation, programs accessed an online platform to work and share their service learning endeavors. The clubs were 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.