OSU Precollege Programs launches a series of FREE virtual STEM @Home webinars for families (and general public). A series of presentations by OSU students, staff and partners will provide college connections and cover STEM content based on curricular materials developed through our programs and in collaboration with researchers and partners. 

As a response to targeted COVID-19 pandemic initiatives, our distance education efforts aligns with the Oregon Department of Education’s new 20-21 Comprehensive Distance Learning Guidance

 

JOIN us in a series of virtual zoom webinar sessions. Follow along live or watch the session recording on-demand!

For Who? Families and Youth (and the general public)

How Long? 1 hour

When? Tuesdays, October 6th - Dec 15th, 2020  between 2-4pm PST (*unless otherwise noted on Google calendar)

             Thursdays, October 8th - Dec 17th, 2020 between 2-4pm PST (*unless otherwise noted on Google calendar)

Where? Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here

 

STEM@Home Fall 2020 at a Glance

Build A Data Sculpture | The STEM@Home Series

Build A Data Structure

  • Presenter: Dr. Adam Talamantes, Program Coordinator, OSU Precollege Programs.
  • Grade Level: All
  • Build a Data Sculpture: the idea of playing with data is new to most folks. This activity will lets you quickly explore with fun and creative ways to tell stories that matter with data.  Come and build a sculpture that tells a simple data story with craft materials. Original lesson created by Data Culture Project
  • Materials and Resources
  • Materials List (Optional): Crafting materials (plastic bottle tops, wire, fuzzy balls, colored paper, wood blocks, construction paper), tape, glue, scissors (No materials for writing, and no Legos!)
  • Key Tip: If you want to challenge your creativity, try completing this activity using only non-consumable household supplies (e.g. plates, cups, forks, bags, etc.) 
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here

What Are Data Stories? And What Would You Do “If”? | The STEM@Home Series

What are Data Stories?  And What Would You do “If"?

Living the STEAM Dream | The STEM@Home Series

Living the STEAM Dream

  • Presenter: Victor Villegas, Technology and Media Support Coordinator, OSU Extension Computing Technology.
  • Grade Level: All
  •  Living the STEAM Dream: Victor will share his work with drones and technology in integration to the arts. He will show us what’s it like to work as a creative information and communications technologist
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here

What Forces Move Water Around the Globe? | The STEM@Home Series

What Forces Move Water Around the Globe? 

  • Presenter: Dr. Shawn Rowe, Associate Professor, Oregon Sea Grant Free-Choice Learning Lab and College of Education
  • Grade level: All
  • What forces move water around the globe? Dr. Rowe will demonstrate the three forces (wind, temperature and salinity) that cause global ocean circulation with hands-on activities anyone can do at home with household items. 
  • Materials list: Wind - clear plastic bin to hold water, items that will sink (marbles, pebbles, etc.), items that will float (bits of plastic confetti, etc), drinking straw; Temperature - Plastic tub or a fish tank at least 1.5 gallons, white paper, tape, styrofoam or paper cups, two thumbtacks, two binder clips (optional), water, ice, red and blue food coloring; Salinity - Small plastic water or soda bottles with labels removed, a playing card or small piece of plastic, fresh water and salted water, food  coloring. 
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here

Chemistry: Make Your Own Homemade Lava Lamps! | The STEM@Home Series

Chemistry: Make Your Own Homemade Lava Lamps!

  • Presenter: Sonia Nair, BioHealth Sciences Student & Grace Scuderi, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Student.
  • Grade Level: Upper Elementary School - Middle School
  •  Chemistry: Make Your Own Homemade Lava Lamps! All are welcome to join! In this session, we will be making DIY lava lamps and learn about the chemical processes and reactions associated with the experiment. All materials needed are listed below. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Materials List: Alka-Seltzer, Food Coloring, Vegetable Oil, Water, Erlenmeyer Flask or Empty Water Bottle (clear preferable)
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here
  • Presenter: Dr. Adam Talamantes, Program Coordinator, OSU Precollege Programs.
  • Grade Level: All Levesl
  • Data Stories: What would we do “if”? : Let’s create some data and tell stories about ourselves.  Complete the survey in the google form before attending.  These are grade level specific.  We will use this data to highlight our connections, interests, and to tell cool stories about what we would do “if”. Original lesson created by Data Culture Project
  • Materials List (Optional): We will be doing the analysis and telling funny stories live!
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here
  • Another cool data activity!

   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation.  
  • Presenter: Dr. Shawn Rowe, Associate Professor, Oregon Sea Grant Free-Choice Learning Lab and College of Education
  • Grade level: All
  • Thinking like a scientist: Knowing vs. observing Dr. Rowe will do a 30-minute interactive demonstration about the role of knowing and observation in scientific investigations. Participants can do the activity along with him. 
  • Materials list: Two clear glasses or plastic cups, food coloring, fresh water, salted water, and ice cubes.
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here
   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation. 
  Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation. 

More information coming soon!

   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation. 
  • Presenter: Dr. Adam Talamantes, Program Coordinator, OSU Precollege Programs.
  • Grade Level: Middle School
  • iINVENT: Save the Soup: Come see if you can save the soup!  Create a personal flotation device for a can of soup, test it in water, and earn points!
  • Materials List: A Large Bowl of Water, 1 can of Soup, craft supplies, rubber bands, tape, corks, things that will float! as a filter.
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here
  Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation.  

More information coming soon!

   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation. 
  • Presenter: Dr. Adam Talamantes, Program Coordinator, OSU Precollege Programs.
  • Grade Level: Middle School
  • iINVENT: Interest and Careers: Did you know that your interests can tell you about what kind of jobs and careers you may want to do in the future?  Come explore your interests by completing games and learning your secret Holland Code. 
  • Materials List: You will need materials that can be used in various ways.  Try completing this activity in a bedroom, kitchen, garage, or somewhere where there is a fair amount of “stuff” 
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here
   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation.  

More information coming soon!

   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation. 
  • Presenter: Dr. Adam Talamantes, Program Coordinator, OSU Precollege Programs.
  • Grade Level: Middle School
  • iINVENT: Gears the Robot Cat -  The robot cat needs a toy!  Let’s make them one, and learn about patents in this interactive design challenge. 
  • Materials List (Optional): For making the cat toy, 1 half sheet of paper, any craft supplies, Lego, markers/colored pencils/crayons, felt, stickers, cups, things that rattle (e.g. rice in a small bottle), and anything else a cat may like!! 
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here
   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation.  

More information coming soon!

   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within 4a week after live presentation. 
  • Presenter: Dr. Adam Talamantes, Program Coordinator, OSU Precollege Programs.
  • Grade Level: Middle School
  • iINVENT: Invention Spotlight  -  How is your invention project going?  Or just want to come and see what others have invented?  Come and share, listen, and celebrate invention!  We will also have special guests!  Past guests have included the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Innovation X program at OSU, and OSU’s Augmented and Virtual Reality Club.  
  • Zoom Webinar - Link available in our Google calendar here
    Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation. 

More information coming soon!

   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation. 

More information coming soon!

   Recorded webinar session will be shared here within a week after live presentation.