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OregonASK is a collaboration of public and private organizations and community members which seek to address common issues and concerns across all out-of-school time services – child care, recreation, education and youth development.

Just Around the Corner...

This year we are thrilled to have Leslie Beller, founder of MHA Labs in Chicago, as the conference's keynote presenter.  MHA Labs singular focus is to build and translate the 21st century skills of young people towards personal, community and economic success. Leslie Beller is a long-time advocate for youth and collective impact operating both as entrepreneur and a public sector administrator to create sustainable college, career and life pathways. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with youth, working on topics that inspire her including civic education, social justice, and user-centered design.

Come join us on November 7th for our 2015 Oregon Afterschool Conference! Registration Opens August 1st.

Summer Learning Heating Up

With summer in full swing, we are excited to see a number of summer learning opportunities happening around Oregon.

The Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3) program is operating at 30 sites around Oregon, including in the Eugene area, the Salem-Keizer school district, and in the Portland metro area. The Summer Learning Partnership is excited to continue growing the number of sites and partners as we engage OMSI to offer GSK Science in the Summer classes, made possible with support from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Classes are being offered four days a week for one week at five different sites. 

We are also excited to help facilitate MIT's Zero Robotics Summer Spheres Program at six sites throughout Oregon. Using the 5-week curriculum, teams of middle schoolers are learning to program SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites), robots inside the International Space Station. Teams will end with a live-feed demonstration from the International Space Station, held at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum August 14th.

STEM Uncovered Video Competition

Tell the story of STEM in afterschool for a chance to win your program $1,000! The CS Mott and Noyce Foundations are sponsoring this STEM Video Competition to encourage afterschool and summer programs to document the story of STEM in afterschool -put together a 3 minute video showing the building, exploring, creating, and dreaming that is happening everyday. Use THIS LINK to read full competition details and rules.

Dont' forget to let us know if you submit a video so we can help promote the amazing work going on in Oregon!

Did you get a Badge for that?

With so many exciting things happening in afterschool, we are thrilled to share this recently released report on Digital Badges in Afterschool: Connecting Learning in a Connected World. Included in the report is an Oregon case study highlighting the digital badge pilots we facilitated in partnership with Concentric Sky and Oregon Center for Digital Learning. Take a look at this resource and let us know how you might use digital badges in your program!

Following the Mythos Challenge

Starting this February, OregonASK will be following the progress of the Mythos Challenge, taking place throughout Multnomah County over the next several months. The Mythos Challenge is a collaborative project put together by Pixel Arts, Portland Art Museum (PAM), Girls Inc., ChickTech, Portland Youth Builders, and Multnomah County Public Library and numerous other partner to engage youth in this unique opportunity to become part of the Gods and Heroes exhibition at PAM this summer.

Check out this months update on the forming of the Mythos Challenge Youth Council




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