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  • Oregon Coast Quests

    Posted February 23rd, 2011 by staff

    Quests are fun, free-choice learning adventures that use clues and hints to encourage participants to discover the natural, cultural and historical “treasures” of place and community.  Suitable for groups of all ages, self-guided Quests allow lifelong learners to explore parks, trails and other outdoor spaces in new ways and at their own pace. Most Oregon Coast Quests are located on the central Oregon coast, but as the activity gains in popularity, more communities are taking part.  Currently, Quests can be found in Lincoln, Coos and Benton counties.

    The clues are found in the Oregon Coast Quests guidebooks, available at bookstores around the region (including the Hatfield Marine Science Center). At the end of each self-guided interpretive Quest, participants find a hidden Quest box containing a log-book to sign and a hand-carved stamp to mark their accomplishment.  The true “treasure” is the fun of the walk and learning about special places in the community.

    Quests are great fun for families and school groups! Check out the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center website for more information: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/oregon-coast-quests

    As featured in AAA Magazine.

    Discovering the Scientist Within

    Posted February 16th, 2011 by staff

    Close to 100 middle school girls and their parents were at OSU on Saturday for the annual “Discovering the Scientist Within” program put on by a collaborative group across campus and the community.  The event is designed to foster teenage girls interest in science and engineering in addition to connecting with parents about ways to continue encouraging their daughters in these fields.

    Cathy Law, director of Saturday Academy and a member of the planning team, said “The mentorship of the undergraduate women from the science sorority was incredibly valuable.  The middle school students really connected with them.  For me, the real highlight of the day was looking out at Milam Auditorium and seeing the number of people interested in spreading interest in science and engineering among females.”

    OSU’s Daily Barometer also picked up the story and interviewed participants at the end of the day.  “… Fifth grader Emily Anderson said she became more interested in science because of the event. ‘I think it’s cool because some things you think are simple turn out to have a bigger background than you think they would,’ Anderson said. ‘I want to be a vet when I grow up so science is pretty important to me, so learning more about it would get me more ready for it.’”

    Pastini Fundraiser THIS WEEK!

    Posted February 14th, 2011 by staff

    This Tuesday and Wednesday only mention Saturday Academy at Pastini’s on 9th and Garfield in Corvallis and 50% of net proceeds will support a fantastic youth outreach program.

    4-H Wildlife Stewards Training

    Posted February 11th, 2011 by staff

    The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program will be holding a training on Saturday, March 5. This class will explore outdoor youth education opportunities focusing on the specific habitat of Wetlands and Wet Prairies. This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cheldelin Middle School and Jackson Frazier Wetland in Corvallis. Cost is $10 and includes instruction, lunch, an Educator’s Guide on Wetlands and a discount on Ecology Field Cards. This training is meant to be beneficial to classroom and informal educators; (after school programs, scouts, etc.), 4-H Wildlife Stewards, natural resource agency educators, and others that work with youth. Preregister by phone or in person by contacting the OSU Extension Service of Benton County at 541-766-6750 or 1849 NW 9th Street, Corvallis.

    An “AWSEM” Afterschool Club

    Posted February 3rd, 2011 by staff

    Saturday Academy‘s Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Math (AWSEM) after school program garnered press in the Gazette-Times. Members of the science sorority, Sigma Delta Omega, mentor middle school and high school girls in hands-on activities provided by departments across campus including the College of Engineering, College of Pharmacy and many others.

    AWSEM strives to engage girls in fields with lower rates of female participation and provide near-peer role models that can explain the benefits of going to college and pursuing a career path in science or engineering.

    4-H Tech Wizard Invited to DC

    Posted January 26th, 2011 by staff

    Joel Cazares, a senior at Forest Grove High school and part of 4-H’s Tech Wizards program was chosen to visit Washington D.C. for a National Mentoring Summit where he was able to meet Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

    Eating for a Good Cause!

    Posted January 21st, 2011 by staff

    Mark your calendars!  On February 15 and 16, mention Saturday Academy at Pastini’s on 9th and Garfield in Corvallis and 50% of net proceeds will support a fantastic youth outreach program.

    GEAR UP Grant Awarded 3 Years Running…

    Posted January 18th, 2011 by staff

    The Office of Precollege Programs at Oregon State University has received a GEAR UP grant for the third year in a row to provide an on-campus summer experience for middle and high school students across the state. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), part of the Oregon University System, partners with middle and high schools in rural and low-income communities to provide education, preparation and inspiration to qualified students.

    “In past years, we have collaborated with the Sweet Home School District to offer week-long summer camps for their middle school GEAR UP students that combined fun science and engineering activities with college and career planning,” says Kyle Cole, Assistant Director of Precollege Programs. “We’ll continue with this model, but we are able to extend this free residential camp experience to more  9th grade students from GEAR UP schools across Oregon, thanks to the support of the GEAR UP grant.”

    The 2011 camp will emphasize majors and career options in the Health Sciences, with students engaging in hands-on activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and shadowing physicians and specialists at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. In addition, undergraduate college mentors will work with students in developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills as crucial steps towards achieving a college degree.

    The grant also provides funds for scholarships for GEAR UP students in middle and high school to attend additional camps and programs that are offered at Oregon State University, such as Saturday Academy’s Ocean Science Camp and SESEY (Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth). “The GEAR UP camp and our other summer programs create a pipeline towards higher education,” says Cole. “As part of OSU’s mission as a land-grant university, we strive to reach youth across the state, sharing educational opportunities available to them now and in the future.”

    BugZoo Brings Arthropods Around

    Posted January 12th, 2011 by staff

    Sujaya Rao and the BugZoo were featured in the Gazette-Times – another example of Oregon State University’s phenomenal commitment to youth outreach and engagement in the community.

    “Rao, a professor in Oregon State University’s Crop and Soil Science department, is an entomologist, a scientist who studies insects. She uses the creepy crawlers as many-legged ambassadors to teach adults and children about the wonders of the world of bugs.”

    Oregon State University’s BugZoo is a student group interested in educating its members, other students, and the public about the joys and importance of insects. BugZoo educates through live displays and hands-on activities for both the public and its members.

    Girls on Track Race to the Finish

    Posted January 4th, 2011 by staff

    Girls on Track, a running and personal development program for 6th-8th grade girls, is part of a national program, Girls on the Run, that is delivered by KidSpirit in the College of Health & Human Science at Oregon State University.  The mission of the program is “to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.”

    Participants train with college student coaches and mentors over several months in order to run a 5K (3.1 miles), as well as take part in a self-confidence boosting curriculum on healthy lifestyle choices.  The final race pairs each novice runner with a Running Buddy who provides encouragement and support.

    The Girls on Track program concluded a successful fall season with a final race held on November 21st.  Over 25 runners participated, each with a Running Buddy, and were treated to complimentary post-race massages by sponsor Heresco Chiropractic.  The winter and spring seasons of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track start soon – what better way to start the New Year off right!