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OMSI field trip and mobile planetarium visit for Woodlawn Elementary students

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BENEFITING: Pta Oregon Congress

EVENT DATE: Nov 18, 2016

THE STORY:

 

Will you help us support science education for our local elementary school students? Woodlawn PK-5's STEAM coordinator, Dr. Jamie Repasky, is coordinating a field trip to OMSI and a visit from their mobile planetarium this fall, as part of the school's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math curriculum. We need your help to raise $1,650 toward admission, fees and transportation to OMSI. 

ABOUT WOODLAWN AND STEAM PROGRAMMING

Woodlawn School is a diverse elementary school in NE Portland with over 400 students. It is a Title 1 (low-income) and Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school with 100% free and reduced lunch. The student body is 45% African American, 23% Hispanic, 19% Caucasian, and 7% Asian/Pacific Islander. Twenty percent of our population qualifies for special education services.

In 2015 Woodlawn became the first Planetary STEAM school in Portland. We chose a planetary theme to connect our students to a diverse scientific community who not only studies the world above us, but also to our home planet. 

A SCIENCE-FILLED OMSI FIELD TRIP FOR 4TH and 5TH GRADERS

This year we hope to provide a special field trip for our upper school students to add more hands-on science to their STEAM education: We're planning a trip to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in December for our 4th and 5th grade students. On this trip the students would be able to connect their science studies with the information in the "Journey to Space" exhibit at the Museum and learn about the cultural and historical stories that are associated with constellations in a planetarium show. We'll focus on these learning topics:

  • 4th grade: energy, waves and information, structure and function, Earth’s systems
  • 5th grade: structure and properties of matter, Earth's systems, space systems

PORTABLE PLANETARIUM FOR KINDERGARTEN-3RD GRADE

For our younger students, OMSI would bring their museum-quality Portable Planetarium to us at the Woodlawn campus. This traveling exhibit can display constellations along with live presentations or films. This would take place over two days in November and each class would get a 1-hour slot. 

The topic can be selected by the teacher (movies about Earth’s history, extreme weather, history of telescopes) or a live show about the planets, constellations in the sky right now (cultural link to star stories). Here are the focus areas for our lower grades:

  • Kindergarten: weather and climate - how to tell the season from the stars
  • 1st grade: space systems - patterns and cycles
  • 2nd grade: Earth’s systems - processes that shape the Earth
  • 3rd grade: weather and climate

WHY FIELD TRIPS MATTER

While quality teaching is important, it’s the field trips that make lasting memories and are key to educational success. Dr. Jamie is working with the 4th and 5th grade teachers to design field trip plans tailored to each grade’s science standards and interests. For example, over the year our 4th grade students learn about circuits/energy, landforms/water, anatomy/habitat of salmon as well as participate in a NASA/NOAA online weather data collection program. These students will be connecting their studies of energy and weather in OMSI’s Journey to Space exhibit by finding key works from their science vocabulary list, learning more about the science on the International Space Station, and answering questions on their “Knowledge Quest” worksheet (designed by the teachers and Dr. Jamie). After the space exhibit they will visit the life science and watershed room at the Museum to learn more about animal structure/function and ways to keep a watershed healthy in preparation for their spring salmon unit. They will also be able to chose two other mini exhibits (ex. chemistry lab, earthquake demonstration) and write down their observations and ‘I wonder’ questions on their worksheet. The Knowledge Quest worksheets will be collected at the end of the trip and used by the teachers to shape post-field trip lessons and activities.

WILL YOU JOIN US?

Please help us reach our goal of raising $1,650 to fund the OMSI field trip and bring the portable planetarium to our school this fall. Large or small, your generous donation can make a big difference in supporting quality STEAM curriculum at Woodlawn. THANK YOU!

 

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