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Activity for Workshop I
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Wild Ride is an activity that can be used with students, but was used in the introductory workshop as a way to engage teachers in an initial engineering design activity and to reflect on the experience as a student and as a teacher.

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Portland Metro STEM Partnership
Date Added:
05/14/2020
Alaska Earthquake Hazard Inventory & Mitigation Planning
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In this two-part activity, students/participants first:
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Complete a Hazard Inventory for their city or area of interest in the event of a magnitude 7 or larger earthquake and tsunami.
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Identify what critical structures and infrastructure will be affected.
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Write a summary statement assessing strengths and vulnerabilities of essential services or infrastructure.
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Propose actions for mitigating vulnerabilities.
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Create an Action Plan to address identified needs.

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Subject:
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Bonnie Magura (Portland Public Schools), CEETEP (Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program), and ANGLE Project
Date Added:
09/26/2022
Be Smart, Be Prepared! Planning an Emergency Backpack
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Participants learn what to do before, during, and after a potentially damaging earthquake. They brainstorm valuable components for an emergency supplies backpack and then present on their ideas. The primary resource is the booklet Are you prepared for the next big EARTHQUAKE in Alaska?

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Bonnie Magura (Portland Public Schools), CEETEP (Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program), and ANGLE Project
Date Added:
09/26/2022
Cupcake Geology: Interpreting Core Samples
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This activity helps students understand how geoscientists study the Earth below our feet through drilling. Using a large straw as a "drill", students collect samples through different parts of the specially layered cupcake and keep a "log" of the drill core. By defining different colored cake and filling, they can reconstruct what the interior of the cupcake may look like. Students gain an appreciation for the challenges of determining a plausible geologic interpretation with limited data.

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Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Bonnie Magura (Portland Public Schools)
Date Added:
09/26/2022
Distance Learning High School Science - Patterns Sequence
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Welcome! In light of the COVID 19 pandemic and school closures, Portland Metro STEM Partnership has worked with thier partnering districts to create and curate distance learning resources for students.The following resources were developed by district science TOSA teams and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership (PMSP) Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Councils. These Councils represent curriculum development leads and master HS teachers from Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Portland Public. Thank you, district science leaders and PMSP Content Council leaders, for developing this set of distance learning resources for high school students!

Subject:
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jamie Rumage
Portland Metro STEM Partnership
Vanessa Clark
Date Added:
10/21/2020
Fibonacci Sequence in Nature
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Students are discovering how the Fibonacci Sequence occurs in nature while collecting and interpreting data. Students will also compare a specific item from nature and consider what types of variation exist in items of that sort.

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Life Science
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Activity/Lab
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STEM Bites are a project of the Oregon STEM Hub network. This lesson adapted from a contribution by: Math Gamers© 2020 and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership. More resources from Math Gamers can be found on their website www.mathgamers.net
Date Added:
04/01/2021
High School Science - Patterns Sequence
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The Patterns High School Science Sequence is a three year course pathway and curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The sequence consists of freshman physics, sophomore chemistry, and junior biology courses. Each course utilizes common instructional strategies and real world phenomena and design challenges that engage students and support their learning.  The curriculum is a combination of teacher-generated and curated open-content materials.  The Teacher generated materials are shared freely under a Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike Creative Commons License. Teacher workshops for each course are offered each summer in the Portland-Metro area. For more information, see our Professional Development page.

Subject:
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jamie Rumage
Portland Metro STEM Partnership
Vanessa Clark
Date Added:
10/26/2020
"Histoires d'Avenirs: Science-fiction pour le cours de français niveaux" by Annabelle Dolidon and Stéphanie Roulon
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Histoires d’Avenirs est un manuel basé sur neuf nouvelles de science fiction française qui s’adresse à un public d’apprenants étrangers (de niveaux intermédiaire et avancé) mais aussi à un public natif voulant approfondir ses connaissances de la science-fiction moderne - après un chapitre préliminaire qui rappelle les bases historiques du genre. Le manuel propose une approche holistique (stylistique, linguistique, et interculturelle) et sollicite une pensée critique au travers d’activités de lecture, interprétation, conversation, recherche et présentations, dans un double objectif : développer les compétences en français sur des sujets contemporains au travers de la fiction; et faire découvrir la science-fiction française et francophone aux apprenants étrangers.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Full Course
Reading
Author:
Annabelle Dolidon
Portland State University
Stéphanie Roulon
Date Added:
01/11/2019
Investigating Factors That Affect Tsunami Inundation
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Learners modify elements of a tsunami wave tank to investigate the affect that near-coast bathymetry (submarine topography) and coastal landforms have on how far a tsunami can travel inland. Damaging tsunami are most commonly produced by subduction zone earthquakes, such as those that occur in Alaska.

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Subject:
Biology
Measurement and Data
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Bonnie Magura (Portland Public Schools), Roger Groom (Mt Tabor Middle School), and CEETEP (Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program)
Date Added:
09/26/2022
Mimic Bird Beaks
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Different birds have specialized beaks to eat different types of food. For example, owls do not drink nectar from flowers, and hummingbirds cannot crack open nuts. Activity will use common household tools to show how different beak shapes function to collect various kinds of food.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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STEM Bites are a project of the Oregon STEM Hub network. This lesson adapted from a contribution by: Clean Water Services cleanwaterservices.org/education and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership.
Date Added:
04/01/2021
Patterns Biology
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Our Patterns Biology development team of teacher leaders has been working hard through the spring and summer of 2020 to develop distance learning versions of the Patterns Biology units. Between March and May they released Distance Learning versions of units 4 and 5, as well as paper packets that can be printed for students who do not have access to technology at home. In preparation for fall of the 2020-21 school year, the team has just published Distance Learning versions of units 1 and 2 (see below links for each unit's page). Our Distance Learning units can be used in either a fully online or hybrid school model. A Distance Learning version of Unit 3 will be released by the end of September.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Portland STEM Partnership
Date Added:
09/03/2020
Patterns Chemistry
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Our Patterns Chemistry development team of teacher leaders has been working hard through the spring and summer of 2020 to develop distance learning versions of the Patterns Chemistry units. Between March and May they released the below Distance Learning versions of units 4, 5 and 6, as well as paper packets that can be printed for students who do not have access to technology at home. Below are the distance learning version of units 1 and unit 2. The distance learning units can be used in either a fully online or hybrid school model. A Distance Learning version of Unit 3 will be released by the end of September. For schools reopening fully in person, scroll down to see the original Patterns Chemistry unit plans.

Subject:
Physical Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Portland STEM Partnership
Date Added:
09/03/2020
Patterns Physics
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THE PATTERNS APPROACH
The Patterns Approach to science instruction emphasizes the use of mathematical and phenomenological patterns to predict the future and understand the past. Students construct science knowledge by making an initial “wild-guess”, asking questions, planning and conducting experiments, collecting data, finding a mathematical model that fits their data, explaining the phenomenon based on that model, then finally making a data-informed prediction. Harnessing their own experiences, students compare and contrast low-evidence predictions (wild guesses) to their data-informed prediction to live the experience and learn the value of evidence-based reasoning. Additionally, students engage in several engineering projects in each course, where they must use the Patterns they discover in their designs to optimize their solutions. The Patterns Approach utilizes technology, student-constructed knowledge, frequent opportunities for student talk, and language supports to ensure the engagement and success of every student. By emphasizing, rather than removing, the mathematical connections to science, the Patterns Approach supports student conceptual understanding by connecting real-world inquiry experiences, graphical representations, and mathematical representations of science phenomena.

Subject:
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Portland STEM Partnership
Date Added:
08/10/2020
Riparian Habitats
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Animals have physical and behavioral traits that help them survive. Some traits help animals be more successful in survival than others.

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Life Science
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Activity/Lab
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STEM Bites are a project of the Oregon STEM Hub network. This lesson was contributed by the City of Portland Environmental Services Clean Rivers Education Program and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership.
Date Added:
03/31/2021
Riparian Habitats 3-4
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Animals have traits physical and behavioral that help them survive. Some traits help animals be more successful in survival than others.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
STEM Bites are a project of the Oregon STEM Hub network. This lesson was contributed by the City of Portland Environmental Services Clean Rivers Education Program and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership.
Date Added:
04/01/2021
Rube Goldberg Machine
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As the item moves through the contraption, energy is transferred from one object to the next, moving each one.
Designing something that works often takes many attempts, tests, and redesign. The final creation is often a combination of aspects of those many previous designs.

Subject:
Engineering
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
STEM Bites are a project of the Oregon STEM Hub network. This lesson adapted from a contribution by Saturday Academy and Portland Metro STEM Partnership.
Date Added:
04/01/2021
TOTLE in the Field:
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"TOTLE in the Field" is a set of virtual field environments built to enhance and extend the field component of the TOTLE (Teachers on the Leading Edge) summer workshops.

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Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Frank D. Granshaw Earth Science Instructor Portland Community College Portland, Oregon
Date Added:
01/06/2021
Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structures (TVES)
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Students learn about tsunami vertical evacuation structures (TVES) as a viable solution for communities with high ground too far away for rapid evacuation. Students then apply basic design principles for TVES and make their own scale model that they think would fit will in their target community. Activity has great scope for both technical and creative design as well as practical application of math skills. Examples are from the Pacific Northwest, USA's most tsunami-vulnerable communities away from high ground, but it could be adapted to any region with similar vulnerability.

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Subject:
Engineering
Biology
Measurement and Data
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Bonnie Magura (Portland Public Schools), Roger Groom (Mt Tabor Middle School), and CEETEP (Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program)
Date Added:
09/26/2022
Will Wilson interview about The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange
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Video by Portland Art Museum Will Wilson. (Diné) – Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy. A major exhibition featuring contemporary photographs by Native American photographers Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, and Will Wilson in dialogue with photographs from Edward Sheriff Curtis’ renowned body of work The North American Indian. In juxtaposing non-Native with Native perspectives, this unique exhibition asks audiences to think critically about the portrayal of Native experience through photography. Created by Smarthistory.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Portland Art Museum
Author:
Portland Art Museum
Date Added:
08/16/2021
World Map of Plate Boundaries
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The plate tectonics mapping activity allows students to easily begin to identify basic tectonic processes on a global scale. As students become aware of plate movements, they begin to identify patterns that set the stage for deeper understanding of a very complex topic. The activity uses a simple "Where's Waldo" approach to identify tectonic symbols on a laminated World Plate Tectonic map.

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Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Bonnie Magura (Portland Public Schools) and Chris Hedeen (Oregon City High School)
Date Added:
09/26/2022