2016 Summer Calendar of STEM Professional Development Workshops for K-12 Educators at OSU, Corvallis campus.

Free. Offered by OSU research scientists and the Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships (STEPs) Program.

Upcoming Events:

  • June 2024 Infusing Computational Thinking in Education, a 5-day creative computing “playshop” for grade levels 3-6 (mornings) and grade levels 7-12 (afternoons).
  • June 2728 Express Yourself! Advances in Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression Explored through the Isolation and Characterization of New Natural Products. For high school STEM educators. Learn how OSU researchers are isolating and characterizing novel antibiotics from Oregon soil microbes and engineering fungal strains to express new compounds. (announcement)
  • June 2930 Climate Change and Regional Impacts: A Workshop for Oregon Educators Targeted for middle and high school educators. Join researcher Dr. Andreas Schmittner colleagues in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences summer to explore current climate change research and discuss the regional impacts and strategies communities are taking to address these impacts. (announcement)
  • August 15 Biochemistry Camp for students entering grades 7-9.
  • August 8–12 Creative Computing Camp for students entering grades 6-8.
  • August 5 – 10 Genetic Code Expansion Pre-Conference Workshop This intensive laboratory and lecture workshop will provide participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge to utilize existing and emerging genetic code expansion technology. This workshop will also provide educators with the tools needed to teach a research-based laboratory course on protein engineering using genetic code expansion at their home institutions.
  • August 1114 Genetic Code Expansion Conference This will be the first Genetic Code Expansion Conference with the aim of bringing together diverse scientific disciplines that focus on developing and using GCE technology.


The STEPs program is a K-12 science outreach program at Oregon State University which was developed and funded until August 2012, by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Its mission is to support and improve science, math, health, and engineering education for K-12 teachers and students throughout the state of Oregon. In partnership with OSU faculty, the STEPs program supports teachers by:

  • Offering professional development workshops in partnership with OSU faculty, particularly in disciplines that are rapidly changing
  • Loaning classroom sets of equipment related to workshop topics (molecular biology, chemistry, renewable energy) to Oregon teachers who have participated in STEPs teacher workshops or who have had appropriate training in using the equipment. 
  • Locating professional scientists for consultation, equipment loans, field trips, and presentations

STEPs Contact: Kari van Zee, Program Coordinator at vanzeek@science.oregonstate.edu for more information.