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1500 E Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-6767
Email: sylvia@sciencework. . .
Hours: Every day, 10 am - 6 pm

Professional Development

STEM Instruction Through Tinkering
July 22-Sept 3 2015Tinkering for Teachers
Course meeting dates July 25Aug 1Aug 15Aug 22
​All meetings 9 am - Noon
Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning
Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students' interest, engagement, and understanding in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities, effective facilitation strategies and environmental organization.  This innovative mixed format course, offered in partnership with ScienceWorks, Exploratorium, and SOU, comes to you from national leaders and local experts in tinkering and science education. 

New content is posted through Coursera each week, including videos, readings, and hands-on activities to try. We will be meeting at ScienceWorks to collaborate and try those activities in weeks 1, 2, 4, and 5. This face-to-face time will allow local participants can take advantage of museum resources and build a strong network of regional colleagues. 

This course requires the use of some interesting materials for the hands-on explorations each week. We are no longer able to take additional material kit orders at this time. Although we may have additional materials available for purchase at our meetings, we encourage you to begin gathering materials to allow for shipping times. You can follow this link to see the list of materials you will need for all six weeks of activities in this course. ​

Those wishing to earn 3 hours of graduate level credit through SOU may do so for $70/credit hour. What a deal! Registration for credit happens at the first class meeting on July 25. Earning credit requires completion of the course, participation in meetings at ScienceWorks, and submission of your Tinkering Action Plan and Design Journal/Notebook to Summer at the end of the course. 
Anyone interested in the course may register and participate online for free at  
Anyone interested in participating in the course locally with a few chances to work together at ScienceWorks should register online (as above) and email Summer Brandon at 
Don't miss out on this world class opportunity to build your skills, network with other innovative educators, and add tools to your teacher kit that help you foster creativity, persistence, and critical thinking in your students!

ScienceWorks offers workshops for regional educators throughout the year. 

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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