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OPAS ∙ opas.ous.edu An Initiative of the Oregon University System Finding STEM Resources for Afterschool OregonASK Conference, November 3, 2012. Jo Oshiro [email protected] OPAS Program Coordinator. There’s a lot out there. Sometimes STEM is called “informal science”

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jo oshiro jo oshiro@ous edu opas program coordinator

OPAS ∙ opas.ous.eduAn Initiative of the Oregon University SystemFinding STEM Resources for AfterschoolOregonASK Conference, November 3, 2012

Jo Oshiro

[email protected]

OPAS Program Coordinator

there s a lot out there
There’s a lot out there
  • Sometimes STEM is called “informal science”
  • Many organizations are putting activities, tools and resources online
  • A lot of activity right now at the state and regional levels, with more awareness of the value of afterschool and connecting what happens during the school day to afterschool
  • Growing awareness youth engagement is key – and afterschool is great at engagement
many groups have stem outreach
Many groups have STEM Outreach
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Professional Organizations
  • Public Offices
    • Forest Service, BLM, BPA …
  • Environmental Organizations & places
    • Parks, preserves, wildlife refuges …
  • STEM Content Specialists (for- or non-profit)
    • Museums and more …
collaborating well
Collaborating well
  • You have the kids
  • They have the content, program or expertise
  • Open-ended conversation
    • “How can we bring these together?”
    • Do you need to help tailor the teaching?
    • Some programs need to build skills over time, with the same group of kids – doesn’t work so well with drop-ins. Could this be an issue?
get started
Get Started
  • 4-H -- http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/
  • ORTOP robotics – www.ortop.org
  • Handout -- http://opas.ous.edu/Work2011-2013/OST/OregonASK-STEM.pdf
  • Please let me know what is going on in your community! [email protected]
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Thank You

for everything you do for kids, day in and day out!

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