So what is this Science Outreach Program all about?
The Science Outreach Program aims to serve the greater community and promote an interest in science from a Christ-centered perspective. Our purpose is to help advance science education, raise the scientific consciousness of the community, and share resources of the George Fox University Science Department.
The George Fox University Science Outreach Program was created in 1994 by Dwight Kimberly with the help of a grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Foundation. At this time, a well equipped science laboratory was dedicated for the Science Outreach Program in the newly built Edwards-Holman Science Center. Simply put, Dwight’s desire was, and is, to help educators teach science better. We are happy to work with all kinds of educators, whether teachers from public or private schools, home school parents, camp directors, or anyone interacting with children and teaching science.
Dwight’s vision included loaning valuable resources to under-equipped science teachers, providing encouragement, and brainstorming lab and hands-on teaching opportunities. Dwight also formed a close connection with the home school community by providing Youth Science Classes taught by George Fox University undergraduate science students.
The Science Outreach Program has grown to include formal associations with several school districts including over one hundred twenty teachers and sixty schools, OHSU, OMSI, and Newberg Community School. Countless home school children have attended GFU Youth Science Classes. Over time, George Fox University has built a national reputation for excellent science outreach and serves as a model for similar outreach programs.
Many of our services fall under one of four primary categories:
Youth Science Classes: Science classes are taught by George Fox University undergraduate students in a laboratory setting. These classes are popular with, but not restricted to, home schooling families.
Interschool Equipment Loan Program: George Fox University loans science equipment to public and private school teachers, home school parents, and members of the greater George Fox University community.
Laboratory and Facility Outreach: Many high-school groups studying human anatomy use the GFU laboratories, equipment, and resources to augment their classroom lessons. Demonstrations of onsite equipment, such as the NMR, can also be scheduled.
Star Lab: The Star Lab is a portable planetarium. Come to GFU or we bring the field trip to you!
Teachers are encouraged to contact the Science Outreach Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions about teaching science; we love to help by brainstorming ideas. We strive to support your efforts to teach engaging and informative laboratory experiences. Additionally, we have been known to help judge science fairs, provide in-service workshops, and provide lectures. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Science Outreach Personnel:
Dwight Kimberly is the Science Outreach Founder and Communitry Liaison. He has taught for over 40 years and was an Associate Professor of Biology at George Fox University from 1994 to 2011. In addition to serving through the Science Outreach Program, he assists the GFU Biology and Chemistry Department by continuing to teach as an adjunct professor. Dwight earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Oregon Professor of the Year award in 2000. He enjoys helping teachers implement new ideas for teaching hands-on science.
We maintain an email contact list. If you would like to be on our list to receive updated Youth Science Classes flyers, please send your contact information to email@example.com.