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1500 E Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-6767
Email: liese@scienceworks. . .
Hours: Every Day, 10 am - 6 pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day

Professional Development

ScienceWorks offers workshops for regional educators throughout the year.  

OMSI Lenses on the Sky
ScienceWorks is teaming up with OMSI to introduce educators to hands-on astronomy activities developed by OMSI as part of the Lenses on the Sky project!

Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
Starts: 5:30PM, dinner is provided!
Ends: 8:30PM, followed by a free star watching party!*
Cost: FREE!!
BONUS: Educators who participate will be eligible to borrow telescopes on our telescope lending program.

*Activities will likely be inside, given the current weather and smoke conditions. We'll be bringing out our inflatable planetarium and doing star identification from there.


Hands-On, Brains-On: Engaging Science & Engineering Design InstructionHands-on Learning
Come shatter flowers, program robots, launch an egg and more in this two day workshop style course at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum. You'll build science and engineering design content knowledge, gather and develop concrete instructional tools, and plan for alignment to NGSS standards. Collaborate with regional teachers and ScienceWorks staff to build engaging and relevant science experiences for your K-12 classroom!

WHEN: July 7 & 8 10 am-4 pm; January Date TBD

COST: $50 (paid at registration); OPTIONAL: additional $140 for 2 graduate level credits through SOU (paid at July training)
WHERE: ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
TO REGISTER: Registration opens 9:00am Monday 5/23. Click here to register.

Inquiry Educator Workshop

Bring hands-on inquiry training right to your staff with this engaging and broadly applicable professional development.  Educators learn the basics of inquiry instruction, explore ways in which inquiry may be used across the curriculum, and leave this training with concrete resources to support inquiry instruction in their own classroom.

Program length: 2 hours
Cost: $20/educator; $200 minimum

Click here to register.

The Illuminating Science Inquiry Program

This four-day program in your classroom will provide you with a model for teaching Inquiry, while engaging your students in an hands-on introduction to forming testable questions, designing repeatable experiments, and collecting data to analyze.  After participating in the modeled Inquiry, students conduct their own experiment and produce a scorable practice work sample under the supervision of a ScienceWorks Outreach Educator. 

Classroom teachers participate at every stage of the inquiry process and receive complementary science inquiry curricula for future use. NEW THIS YEAR: Teachers who host a week of this program may then check out materials for select units to use in their own classroom for a week. Additionally, the ScienceWorks instructor coaches teachers in evaluating student work samples using state assessment rubrics.

We offer labs specifically geared to match Oregon State Science Standards for 3rd-8th grades, but other interested grade levels may also participate, and your instructor will adjust the curriculum to match your classroom needs when possible. 

Click here to learn more about the program and the available lab topics.

Engineering Design 

This multi-day program in your classroom will provide you with a model for teaching  
          Engineering Design, while engaging your students in an hands-on introduction  
          to the design process: identify - brainstorm - design - create - test - evaluate.    
          This program is suitable for grades 3-8. 

          Click here to learn more about the Engineering Design program and labs available  
          for your grade level.

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