During the summer months local teachers from Salem, Albany and Corvallis attend day long workshops at Oregon State University. These activities center around concepts in toxicology and are led by Diana Rohlman, EHSC Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator.

Team TOX grad students get involved and present outreach modules in toxicology, immunology and environmental chemistry.

Examples of past activities include:

Students evaluate the toxicity of household chemicals using yeast as a model system.

Students sort M&Ms by mass, size, shape and color to understand how mass can be used to identify individual chemicals. A model of a mass spectrometer demonstrates how objects are sorted based on their mass.

Students role-play as doctors, using flow cytometry to diagnose a fictional patient.

Following hands-on activities, teachers have the opportunity to tour labs that are relevant to the activities.
More information on teacher professional development and visits to OSU:
For further information and questions about the educational materials listed above, please contact Diana Rohlman.
Students immersed in the Chemical Conundrum activity.
Students immersed in the Chemical Conundrum activity.

So far this year, EHSC COEC has reached over 500 students through ten different OSU Precollege Program events.

Examples of Precollege Programs we have been involved with include:

The students range in age from 2nd – 12th grade and come from diverse areas of Oregon such as Eugene, Newport, Siletz, Salem, Ontario, and Corvallis.  Diana Rohlman, COEC Program Coordinator took the lead with help at some events from Erin Madeen and other graduate students affiliated with the Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC).  On the EHSC web page, there is a resource page for K-12 Educators, which includes curriculum, eNewsletter, workshops, and funding resources.

In addition, Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Lab hosted a 5th grade class on May 12th. See the story on the SRP blog: 5th Graders Experience All Aspects of Zebrafish Research. We also engage families at Davinci Days and Pet Days.