Science Outreach Program Closed for the Summer

We are unable to offer Science Outreach program activities or science equipment loans outside of the regular academic year.  The program's summer break will extend from May 3 to August 30, 2021. If you have a special request that you would like considered, please send a message to detailing your request.

Labs, Demonstrations and Presentations

Request a Science Outreach Activity

*Please note that Science Outreach Program activities are intended to supplement and support existing curriculum and are not to be used solely for entertainment or assemblies.

Star Lab Planetarium Presentation Human Cadaver Labs Engineering Maker Demonstrations Custom Presentation or Lab Requests

Star Lab Planetarium Presentation

The Star Lab is a portable planetarium that can be brought to your school for an on-site presentation, or presentations can be delivered on the George Fox campus. A George Fox Science Outreach representative will deliver a prepared presentation within the dome on one or two topics.

Our most popular presentation topic is on the constellations, featuring associated Greek and Roman stories, a description of how to find the constellations in our night sky, and an overview of the solar system and basic astronomy. Other presentation options include the urban sky with drawn-in constellations, Greek mythology with cartoon-style constellations, and the anatomy of the cell.

30-minute presentations are scheduled for 3rd-6th grade students, and 30- to 45-minute presentations are prepared for middle and high school students. The Star Lab can accommodate a maximum of 35 students simultaneously, along with the requesting teacher and an adult chaperone. Multiple presentations may be scheduled back-to-back to accommodate larger groups, and a larger planetarium is available for particularly large groups. Please note that the Star Lab is not handicap accessible.

The Star Lab requires a space of at least 21-by 21-feet with a ceiling height of at least 14 feet. A main-floor location is preferred. Set-up and take-down of the lab take approximately 30 minutes each. For on-site presentations at your location, we request a mileage fee of $0.56 per mile to defray travel costs.

Human Cadaver Labs

The university's biology department houses two human cadavers that are made available for Science Outreach Program labs at the end of each semester (one week in mid-December and one week at the end of April). One-hour human cadaver labs include a half hour for viewing human organ specimens and a half hour for interacting with the cadavers.

Ten organ specimen stations will be set up for students to observe a brain, muscles, heart, sense organs, kidneys (pig), lungs, skin, liver, bones and fetuses. This portion of the lab is self-directed. The Science Outreach Program will provide handouts at each station, and a teaching assistant will be available to answer questions. Requesting teachers are encouraged to bring a worksheet to better engage their students in this portion of the lab and to support their course learning goals.

In the second portion of the lab, students will be given the opportunity to interact with two cadavers (typically one male and one female). Requesting teachers are expected to guide this portion of the lab, supported by a George Fox teaching assistant, and may choose to present the cadavers in a way that supports their learning goals. Students and teachers are allowed to touch the cadavers, and interactive presentations are encouraged.

Human cadaver labs are restricted to high school student groups, and labs can accommodate a maximum of 25 students simultaneously. Groups of up to 50 students can be accommodated in two shifts, and teachers may request a campus lab tour or maker demonstration to occupy students while they are waiting for their shift.

Human cadaver labs are only available when cadavers are not being used for George Fox courses. To defray the cost of teaching assistants, we request a fee of $10.75 per hour.

Engineering Maker Demonstrations

Tours and demonstrations of the Maker Hub facility on the George Fox campus are available for high school groups. The Maker Hub is a space designed for engineering and design, and is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment to support creativity and innovation.

Demonstrations for visiting groups include a 20-minute tour of the facility, and up to two 20-minute demonstrations of a selection of maker tools and techniques. Demonstrations are available for laser cutting, 3-D printing, water jet, PCB lab (building circuit boards), and a welding simulation. Requesting teachers may request up to two demonstrations in addition to the facility tour.

Maker demonstrations are limited to groups of 25 students at one time, and to high school student groups only. Groups of up to 50 students can be accommodated in two shifts.

A limited number of tours is available each semester. Tours can be reserved for 9:00am, 10:00am or 11:00am. Monday through Friday.

Custom Presentation or Lab Requests

The Science Outreach Program may be able to accommodate requests for presentations or labs on specific topics not addressed by our regular activities. Requests may be made for activities on the George Fox campus or on-site at your school.

Please note that availability of the George Fox science labs is extremely limited, and not all custom requests will be able to be accepted. If you have an idea for a lab or presentation topic, please complete the request form (above) and describe your request where indicated.

Requirements for Science Outreach Program Activities

  1. All requests should be made through the online request form linked above.
  2. The topic of the presentation, demonstration or lab should fit into the teacher’s existing curriculum and should be supported by lessons and/or classroom activities prior to the SOR activity.
  3. All teachers are expected to provide a five-minute review of the topic to their students at the start of the activity.
  4. Classroom management and student supervision are the responsibilities of the teacher and/or aids or other chaperones.
  5. All students must be under adult supervision during the entire duration of the activity.
  6. All student participants or their parents/guardians (if under 18) will be required to submit a signed liability waiver before any SOR activities can commence. These waivers will be provided to the requesting teacher by the SOR coordinator.
  7. All requesting teachers will be expected to read and sign a policies and procedures document indicating their compliance with the stated policies and procedures for the SOR activity. This document will be provided to the requesting teacher by the SOR coordinator.
  8. Individual activities are subject to additional restrictions and regulations. These will be communicated to the requesting teacher by the SOR coordinator.