2021/2023 Special Project On-going
Hands-on Science Education
The Corvallis Schools Foundation has selected Hands-On Science Education from kindergarten through high school as its 2021-2023 Special Project.
What are the benefits of Hands-On Science Education?
Hands-on science experiences allow students to directly investigate and find connections that increase their understanding of science, math, and technology. By engaging in hands-on science students develop problem-solving skills, evaluate data to make decisions, and engage in teamwork. Hands-on experiences make scientific concepts and processes real for students at all grade levels from kindergarten through high school. Learning by doing helps students understand more deeply and perform better!
Why is CSF raising funds for Hands-On Science Education?
Providing hands-on learning experiences for students requires special tools and equipment. Going beyond textbooks means that extra resources are needed to provide those tools. This is where this special project comes in – to ensure that students have the equipment to learn and do real science.
Specifically, Corvallis Primary School needs additional age appropriate robotic and electronic sets so that they are available class-wide and in every grade. Corvallis Middle School is establishing a new comprehensive school-wide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program. Tools and equipment are needed to help launch this new curriculum class. Corvallis High School has equipment needs to enable conducting real world experiments in biology, agriculture, and other science classes.
“Hands-on laboratory science experiences are critical to the learning process across all areas of study, beginning with kindergarten and continuing through post-secondary education. Research has shown that students who engage in well-designed laboratory experiences develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.” -- American Chemical Society Public Policy Statement 2020-2023
By supporting this CSF Special Project, you can help empower students to use their minds and imagination to invent, create, solve problems, and explore the world of science and technology.
What will the funds provide?
Primary School K-4
Robotic classroom sets to explore robotics, coding, design, and engineering.
Electronic building block set for creating inventions while learning electronics and engineering skills.
Middle School 5-8: all tools and equipment are for the new STEAM curriculum
Circuits and electricity classroom set to teach simple circuits.
Coding and Robotics classroom sets to enhance science and technology learning.
Engineering and architecture design kits to enhance math and engineering skills.
Aquaponics kits for life sciences.
Geology and meteorology equipment for earth science.
High School 9-12
20 compact stereo microscopes to support science lab activities.
Sanitizing glassware washer to enable sterile experiments in science and agriculture classes.
You can help us reach our goal!
Our goal is to raise $45,000. You can help us reach this goal and impact students from kindergarten through high school by donating to the Hands-On Science Education Project. Donate today!
2020/2021 Special Project
Outdoor Science Education – Completed July 2021
With your help in this challenging year, we reached our full goal of raising $28,000 to support outdoor science education for Corvallis students. This project was completed in a little under one year.
The Corvallis Schools have pioneered outdoor science education opportunities for students since the mid-1990’s. As students monitor streams, gauge post-fire recovery, or track the distribution of wildlife, they learn real-world scientific techniques and processes. Some classes engage in multi-day outdoor field studies that foster teamwork and teach outdoor survival skills. This special project focused on replenishing the special equipment and gear needed to make outdoor science education happen.
Here are some of the things this project is providing to high school and middle school students for outdoor science education:
Soil test kits, tree borers, water chemistry meters, snow science kits
Snowshoes, waders, winter gear
Tents, sleeping bags, backpacks
Your support and generosity are what made all this possible.
2019-2020 Special Project
K-12 Musical Instruments – Completed September 2020
With your help we raised an amazing $47,500 to purchase quality musical instruments for Corvallis music programs from Kindergarten through high school. You helped complete the project in just over one year.
This project has helped the school district meet the needs of a growing enrollment and increased interest in participating in music programs. Corvallis music education begins in the primary school and band, choir, and string orchestra programs are offered to students in the middle and high schools. The string orchestra program is the only music program of its kind in the Bitterroot Valley.
This project provided:
New percussion instruments and xylophone for Primary School music classes.
New brass and woodwind instruments and accessories for Middle School and High School Bands.
New string instruments and accessories for Middle and High School Orchestras.
Replacement and additional instruments for the band and orchestra low-cost rental program to ensure that all students can afford an instrument for home practice.
A new electronic keyboard for use by choirs and jazz band.
Learn more about this Special Project: Corvallis School District Press Release September 2020 and Corvallis Schools Foundation funds Musical Instrument Program
None of this would have been possible without your support and generosity.
2018-2019 Special Project
Middle School Microscopes – Completed March 2019
With your help we raised $13,000 to purchase microscopes for the Middle School. The new microscopes are in use by 450 students in science classes in grades 5-8.
This project has provided each science classroom with enough high-quality microscopes for 25-30 students to use with no more than 2 to 3 students sharing a single microscope. With this equipment, science teachers can plan lessons that involve students making direct observations. Students experience science as it takes place in the real world enhancing their understanding of both scientific facts and the scientific process.
Each grade level is now equipped with a digital microscope, capable of transmitting images to tablets, computers, or SMART boards for whole class instruction.
A set of fifteen 1000x microscopes is in use by grades 7 and 8.
Seven 400x microscopes are combined with existing microscopes and used by grades 5 and 6.
Learn more about this Special Project: Corvallis Middle School receives new microscopes thanks to community donations