EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2016
Will you help us support science education for our local elementary school students?
Over the summer, Woodlawn School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) coordinator, Dr. Jamie Repasky, and Principal Andrea Porter-Lopez worked with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to design a "stellar" learning opportunity for all Woodlawn School students this winter. While OMSI has agreed to provide a generous amount of financial aid, we still need to raise $1,472, and the Woodlawn PTA is asking for your help.
PORTABLE PLANETARIUM FOR KINDERGARTEN-3RD GRADE
With your help, OMSI will bring their museum-quality Portable Planetarium to Woodlawn School. This traveling exhibit can display constellations along with live presentations and films. Every kindergarten, first, second and third grade class will spend an hour under the stars!
Each classroom teacher will select a planetarium show based on grade-level science curriculum goals and student interest. They can choose from movies about Earth’s history, extreme weather, and the history of telescopes or from live shows about planets and constellations. These options line up with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that have our youngest students contemplating space systems (patterns and cycles) and Earth systems (processes that shape the Earth), as well as weather and climate.
Bringing the Portable Planetarium, and all it has to offer, to Woodlawn will cost $1,450. OMSI has pledged $1,000 in financial aid, so Woodlawn School needs to raise $450.
FIELD TRIP TO OMSI FOR ALL 4TH and 5TH GRADERS
Our 4th and 5th grade students have an opportunity to delve into the “Journey to Space” exhibit at OMSI — which ties in perfectly with their science studies in class.They’ll also see a show in the planetarium that focuses on cultural and historical stories associated with the constellations, constellations which, thanks to the planetarium, some students may be experiencing for the first time. OMSI is a treasured resource in our community and we want to make sure that every 4th and 5th grade student at our school has an opportunity to experience the fun hands-on learning that this beloved museum has to offer.
Sending all of our 4th and 5th grade students to OMSI comes at a cost of $1,522 ($1,032 in museum fees and $490 for bus transportation). OMSI has pledged $500 in financial aid, leaving Woodlawn School with a $1,022 balance.
ABOUT WOODLAWN AND STEAM PROGRAMMING
Woodlawn School is a Title 1, culturally diverse, historically black school in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Funding for essential resources is a struggle for most schools; schools with diverse needs and in less affluent communities struggle even more.
These OMSI experiences are a perfect fit for our school, as Woodlawn is a Planetary STEAM school — the first planetary themed STEAM school in Portland. The planetary theme connects our students to a diverse scientific community, a community that studies both the world above us and our home planet.
Special events like visiting a planetarium and going on exciting hands-on field trips make lasting memories and are key to educational success.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Please help us reach our goal of raising $1,472 to fund the OMSI field trip and bring the Portable Planetarium to our school this winter. Large or small, your generous donation can make a big difference in supporting quality STEAM curriculum at Woodlawn. THANK YOU!
The Woodlawn School PTA organizes families, teachers and community partners in support of Woodlawn School through volunteerism, information sharing, event sponsorship and fundraising, in order to strengthen our school community and celebrate the legacy of Woodlawn.