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Many professors, graduate students, and staff participate in or lead efforts to connect their science with everyday life. Here are a few examples:
Salmon Bowl The National Oceanic Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic marine sciences competition. Schools form teams of four to five students to compete in a quiz-bowl to win great prizes, scholarships and a chance to compete at the national competition. Oregon State hosts the Salmon Bowl, Oregon’s regional NOSB. Each year, over 150 students, teachers and community members volunteer to help enrich science teaching and learning. Together, we enhance public understanding and stewardship of the oceans while promoting student exposure to STEM.
Inspiring Girls Expeditions Each summer, IGE leads tuition-free multi-day expeditions for high school girls that interweave science, art and backcountry travel. Our expeditions are led by professional women scientists, artists and wilderness guides. Throughout each expedition, the team engages in scientific and artistic inquiry about the environment around them. In small groups, participants design and conduct scientific projects, which they present to the public on the last full day of their expeditions.
Volcano World This website, offering everything from media posts to lesson plans for teachers to activities for kids, has been growing since its creation in 1995. It currently receives over 100,000 visits per month, supporting student learning about volcanoes around the globe.
RCRV program CEOAS scientists are leading the design and construction of the next class of ocean-going research vessels for the National Science Foundation. As part of this effort, an expansive outreach effort in partnership with the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) Program, Oregon Sea Grant, the Marine Resource Management Program and the Coastal STEM Hub is bringing the science behind the building of these ships to the Oregon public through teacher workshops and curricula and student competitions.
Dia de la Familia In 2019, the Corvallis campus welcomed more than 1500 people from 51 schools across the state to partake in Juntos Family Day. This OSU Open Campus event is designed to bring Juntos students and their families to Oregon State to engage in college and career showcase workshops, as well as connect with educational resources, social groups, programs, financial aid and other opportunities. CEOAS professors and graduate students hosted a variety of interactive activities for participants to engage with the earth sciences as part of their experience. The driving goal behind Family Day is to give families a snapshot of OSU college life and build upon the Juntos tradition of offering community-based preparation and educational pathways.
Corvallis Farmers Market Graduate students involved with CEOAS Association of Graduate Students (CAGS) bring their research to the Corvallis community at the Corvallis Farmers Market by sharing interactive activities for all age groups.
Oregon Climate Change Research Institute The Oregon State Legislature established the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) within the Department of Higher Education in 2007. OCCRI is a network of over 150 researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and affiliated federal and state labs. OCCRI is administered by OSU and resides in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. OCCRI scientists give frequent lectures and discussions about climate change to local and state law and policy makers, as well as to the general public.