Getting an edge on Science
ence experiments and, in the process, enable teachers to meet state science requirements. By the end of the week, teachers know how to create and score work samples that are required by the state. An important foundation of the program is the idea that some of the best teacher training can take place right in the classroom &
without taking teachers away from their students.
Pacific Power's charitable arm, the PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning, recently awarded $5,000 to the ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum to help elementary school teachers sharpen their science teaching skills in Klamath, Josephine and Jackson counties.
"Often elementary school teachers don't have a background in science inquiry and this program helps strengthen those critical skills," said Chris Hostetler, ScienceWorks' executive director. "Educators work with a teacher for two-to-four days and assist the class through a science inquiry project. It's exciting to see kids engaged in a science investigation where they develop the ability to ask questions, conduct research and write reports about scientific inquiry." "These funds are going to help our students in Southern Oregon obtain the scientific skills they need to meet Oregon education benchmarks," said Monte Mendenhall, regional community manager for Pacific Power. "We believe we have a stake in the communities we serve, and this is one way Pacific Power can help."
This fall, ScienceWorks is also offering a special In-Service Day Camp for Friday, October 13, the state-wide teacher in-service day. The camp is from 8:30 to 4:30 pm for kids grades 2 through 5. The camp will explore seasonal changes, including bird migration, astronomy, changing leaves, pumpkin activities, art projects and more. The cost is $35.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to receive a registration form, please call (541) 482-6767, extension 10.
ScienceWorks education programs are offered in conjunction with the school year. Public hours to the museum are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. This fall, ScienceWorks will be opening an exciting new "Toy Science" exhibition the day after Thanksgiving. In early 2007, ScienceWorks will open a "View From Space," an exhibition from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Another new exhibition "Sound Science," will offer major exhibits on sound and music.
ScienceWorks is located at 1500 East Main Street in Ashland, Oregon. More information is available at 541-482-6767 or .