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 to help educators teach science better. 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.

In 2011, Dwight stepped down as the Director of the Science Outreach Program. Since then, Kathy Weiss has served as the Director and has continued to develop and expand the Science Outreach Program according to the original vision. Even though he is not involved with the day-to-day operations of the Science Outreach Program, Dwight has stayed connected to the program as the external liaison.

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.

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.

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 coordinator at scienceoutreach@georgefox.edu if they have any questions about teaching science. We love to help by brainstorming ideas and strive to support your efforts to teach engaging and informative laboratory experiences. Additionally, we are available to help judge science fairs, provide in-service workshops, and provide lectures. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your science education needs.

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.