Upcoming Professional Development

Science Action Club: Cloud Questsac clouds

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. SAC’s Clouds unit also includes, climate, weather and how youth can participate as citizen scientists to track them all! It is designed to spark curiosity and wonder, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

Apply Now to join the CLOUD  QUEST cohort or contact Rachel Kessler with questions

CryptoClub Pilotcryptoclub

The CryptoClub curriculum teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle-grade students (grades 6 – 8) in afterschool settings. This pilot consists of a set of three trainings over the next year that will provide a scaffolding to support educators over a year of exploring math and cryptography with CryptoClub Materials. Coaching and Webinars are available throughout the year for the cohort of educators who sign on for this awesome opportunity! Contact Rachel Kessler at rachel.kessler@oregonask.org with questions or inquiries.

Computer Science Fundamentals

OregonASK Master Trainer, Susan Hamann, attended the Code.org Facilitation Summit in New Orleans in May in order to become a Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals Facilitator. This means that Susan is certified by Code.org to train educators on using the CS Fundamentals curriculum in their classrooms and afterschool programs.

CS Fundamentals is elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. Courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” classroom activities that require no computer. Each course consists of 20 lessons.

Code.org is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The Code.org vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming.

All Code.org workshops are free to educators and come with free curriculum guides, supplies, and Code.org swag. Contact Susan at susan.hamann@oregonask.org to find out when her next Code.org workshop is happening.

Web Literacy Pilot


OregonASK will be starting a year long Mozilla Web Literacy pilot this August. The pilot will consist of three trainings from August 2017 to March 2018. Each training will go over new web literacy content for upper elementary and middle school aged youth, including 21st Century Skills outlined by Mozilla, as well as best practices for teaching STEM and Computer Science.

Please register to participate in this set of in-person trainings, August 11th, November 11th and March 9th. The educator training pilot will also include webinar refresher training and coaching throughout the year.

For more information email rachel.kessler@oregonask.org

STEM Micro-Credential

OregonASK, the National Afterschool Association, and Click2Science are partnering to recognize out-of-school time staff for their competency in offering high quality STEM experiences in their programs. Staff who participate in this pilot program will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skill and earn a STEM Micro-Credential with a digital badge to share their accomplishment.

Participants will participate in 7 hours of training, coaching, and observation. Participants will receive 5 hours of professional development credit from the Oregon Registry. If you are interested in this unique opportunity to be recognized for your expertise in offering STEM lessons in afterschool register for one of the in-person training sessions. Your Click2Science Coach/Trainer will follow up with you about what’s next!

Current Training & Curricula Brochure

For a full list of available training CLICK HERE to download our current Training Brochure. Contact Katie Lakey for more information about scheduling a training for your program.

The Art of Living: Service Learning Middle School Experience

This pilot project includes training and guidance on providing middle school service learning experiences that are connected to careers of the future and related to community issues. Pilot participants will attend Pre-Training Webinar, 2 Day In-Person Service Learning Training, student-driven project implementation January through June.

Girls STEAM Ahead

chandraOregonASK partnered with NGCP and NASA to Girls STEAM Ahead “Recoloring the Universe” lessons and activities to Oregon programs! Recoloring the Universe is an educator training using hands-on and virtual STEAM activities about color, astronomy, and coding from NASA! Participants learn basic coding while experiencing real world applications of science, technology, and even art.

For more information about the online resources or implementation, email rachel.kessler@oregonask.org