The AP Institute of the Cascades has arrived!

The AP Institute of the Cascades has arrived!

The School Improvement program has been working on this event for over a year. There are approximately 133 registrations from Canada, South Korea, Alaska to Massachusetts and everywhere in between.  In addition to those who registered for the institute, we have 10 instructors from all over the US as well. This is the only AP Institute in Oregon and there hasn’t been one in the state since 2006. This event will save our local school district thousands of dollars and bring excellent professional development to our teachers and benefit our students by providing Advanced Placement courses all over the...
Inspiring girls to pursue STEM fields as career choices

Inspiring girls to pursue STEM fields as career choices

Central Oregon Tech Trek Camp was held at OSU Cascades, as a way to inspire incoming 8th grade girls to pursue STEM fields as career choices.  According to research, girls give up science and math in about 8th-9th grade, due to a number of factors, not the least of which is intimidation by the boys in their classes.  Growing a network of STEM oriented girls for support, the premise is that girls will be more likely to continue in these fields into high school and college.  The campers will continue their support group through a closed facebook group, and through the friendships they developed over the week-long camp. The excitement of the group was awe inspiring!  36 Girls from middle schools including Jefferson, Warm Springs, Elton Gregory, Obsidian, La Pine, Pilot Butte, High Desert, Three Rivers, Culver, and Crook County attended the camp.  Science and Math teachers at the schools nominated the girls, who were interviewed by sponsoring American Association of University Women (AAUW) members.  The committee worked all year to make the camp a success.  A number of local and statewide grants added to the success of the camp.  Camp counselors were Interns from COCC, with camp experience, and numerous STEM professionals shared their experience in workshops and at the information night.  Main sponsors were AAUW of Oregon and AAUW of Bend, partnering with OSU Cascades, and a number of local STEM related businesses and agencies.  The group hopes to double the participation next year, and aims for 100 girls by 2019. Anyone with interest in helping on future Tech Trek Camps should contact committee chairs, Kim DeBroux,kimdebroux@yahoo.com, or Becky Munn, Becky.Munn@oregonstate.edu,...
National Summer Learning Day – 7/13/17

National Summer Learning Day – 7/13/17

National Summer Learning Day was enjoyed by many, including HDESD Superintendent Paul Andrews.  With over 80 students enrolled in the Migrant Education summer school, the program celebrated today’s learning experience by having access to a variety of “hands on” activities, including STEM, Deschutes Public Library, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, OSU-Cascades, Wildfire Comics and Math in Real Life. Summer school is more than a classroom experience and the Migrant Education Program would like to thank all the community partners in helping make this day a success. Migrant Education offers summer school to all migrant students for three weeks each summer with the purpose of providing additional academic support in both Deschutes and Jefferson...
Encouraging CTE Programs from an Early Start

Encouraging CTE Programs from an Early Start

CTE (Career & Technical Education) spent the day at Sky View Middle School in Bend for their first CTE Day! This was in partnership with Mountain View High School. Mt. View CTE teachers along with a few Mt. View high school students highlighted their programs with hands-on activities for the 8th graders preparing to forecast for next year’s classes. This was a great way to encourage CTE programs from an early start. Some of the activities included: soil testing, electric car driving, cooking Chinese fried rice, creating stickers, engineering a structure to support weight made out of paper, edible welding rods, and robotics to name a few. Thank you to the teachers and staff at both schools for putting on such a great event for the...
Chick Tech… increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers

Chick Tech… increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers

During the first part of February, approximately 20 high school girls from Crook County, Culver and Madras were invited to participate in ‘Chick Tech’ at the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) campus in Madras. Chick Tech’s mission is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. Students participated in soft circuits or 3D printing workshops, aimed at enhancing their knowledge and collectively taking time to recognize unique skills that women bring to technology fields. A 3D printing company from Gresham as well as professor Yong Bakos (and two students) from the OSU-Cascades computer science department were on hand to lead the workshop. We are extremely grateful for the support of COCC and the leadership of Chick Tech in helping organize this event and hope for it to be a launching point to get even more young women here in central Oregon interested in pursuing meaningful careers in...