So what is this Science Outreach Program all about?

Mission

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.

History

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. A well-equipped science laboratory was dedicated for the Science Outreach Program in the newly built Edwards-Holman Science Center. 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 more than 120 teachers and 60 schools, OHSU, OMSI, and Newberg Community School. Countless home-school children have attended 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.

Services

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 university's 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 George Fox or we bring the field trip to you!

Teachers are encouraged to contact the Science Outreach administrator at scienceoutreach@georgefox.edu 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

Dwight Kimberly is the Science Outreach founder and community liaison. He has taught for more than 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 school's Department of Biology and Chemistry 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.  

Mailing List

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 scienceoutreach@georgefox.edu.