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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
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
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.

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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: 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.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
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:
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
A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of postsecondary students
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Abstract In some educational settings, the cost of textbooks approaches or even
exceeds the cost of tuition. Given limited resources, it is important to better
understand the impacts of free open educational resources (OER) on student outcomes. Utilizing digital resources such as OER can substantially reduce costs for
students. The purpose of this study was to analyze whether the adoption of no-cost
open digital textbooks significantly predicted students’ completion of courses, class
achievement, and enrollment intensity during and after semesters in which OER
were used. This study utilized a quantitative quasi-experimental design with
propensity-score matched groups to examine differences in outcomes between
students that used OER and those who did not. The demographics of the initial
sample of 16,727 included 4909 students in the treatment condition with a pool of
11,818 in the control condition. There were statistically significant differences
between groups, with most favoring students utilizing OER

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Data Set
Reading
Author:
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Lane Fischer lane_fischer@byu.edu John Hilton III johnhiltoniii@byu.edu T. Jared Robinson t.jared.robinson@gmail.com David A. Wiley david.wiley@gmail.com 1 Brigham Young University
Lansing
MI
OR
Portland
Provo
USA
USA 2 Michigan State Department of Education
USA 3 Lumen Learning
UT 84602
Date Added:
02/22/2019