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Oregon Connections Extends Branded Nepris Platform to Virtually Connect Employers with Classrooms & Students - 05/07/21

The agreement enables Oregon Connections to expand their work of connecting STEM Hubs and K-12 schools across the state with professionals from every industry - locally and globally

Portland, OR - May 7, 2021 - Oregon Connections, the online platform powered by Nepris that has been used for the past five years to bridge the gap between local education and industry, has extended their partnership with Nepris to continue to virtually connect Oregon students with employers and industry experts, both locally and across the globe, for another three years.

Just in time for Oregon’s STEM Week happening May 8-16, Oregon Connections has renewed an agreement with Nepris’ national platform to give educators across Oregon access to  professionals from every industry. Used by regional STEM Hubs across the state, Oregon Connections has seen a tripling of teacher and district use over the last year, and more than four times the number of industry sessions offered. During STEM Week alone, Oregon Connections is host to 32 sessions hosted by Oregon industry professionalsThis Oregon Connections platform is sponsored in part by Portland General Electric (PGE), Pacific Power, First Tech Federal Credit Union, and The Lemelson Foundation.

Live sessions with professionals on real-world applications of whatever content they are learning helped make virtual learning fun, engaging, and thought-provoking during the pandemic. This is a trend that may be here to stay. 

“Inspiration and access to career pathways is no longer an accident of zip code,” said Melissa Dubois, Executive Director of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership hosted by Oregon Tech in Wilsonville.  “Oregon Connections has allowed us to broaden the horizons of kids from Multnomah to Malheur counties.”

The STEM Hubs are able to collaborate in the design of and participation in events that are 100% virtual, like Oregon Engineers Week and Oregon STEM Week, scaling the reach and impact of both the education system and Oregon employers. These events are geared toward Oregon students and presented by Oregon employers, but open to classrooms across the country.

“Kids can’t be what they can’t see.  Oregon Connections has been pivotal in helping us bridge that inspiration gap for kids who just don’t know what’s out there after graduation,” said Dubois. “Oregon Connections became a critical connection to inspiration and relevance during distance learning. We are so excited to build on that in the coming years.”  

Oregon Connections operates on the Nepris virtual learning platform, used by over 125,000 educators across the country, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to students through live, virtual connections with industry experts. Many of these virtual sessions are about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), but there are also authors, artists, designers, actors, athletes, entertainers, and more available. 

The professionals talk about their jobs and bring relevance and application to students’ everyday learning. The live sessions let students ask questions to gain insights from working professionals, take site tours of otherwise inaccessible workspaces, participate in mock interviews, and even present their own projects for feedback. Most importantly, these connections enable students to envision themselves in a variety of careers, regardless of their location or economic status.

“Our work with Oregon Connections began 5 years ago, and we’re thrilled with the growth of that partnership over that time,” explains Sabari Raja, Nepris co-founder and CEO. “This renewed agreement is a testament to not only the efficacy of this model, but also to Oregon’s foresight and dedication to always improving education. By introducing students to the many career paths available early and often, Oregon students of today have a stronger foundation on which to build their own future”.

Through this agreement, Oregon Connections educators will be able to leverage the full power of the platform for live connections - to request virtual industry guests and participate in Industry Chats - interactive talks with guest speakers which take place virtually throughout the day. They will also have unlimited access to the Video Library of 10,000+ archived videos of past sessions. These educational sessions include everything from high-level career introductions and resume reviews, to virtual tours of workplaces, and real-world science and tech activities for students. 

Oregon STEM Hubs, school districts, employers, and organizations interested in learning more about Oregon Connections can reach out to Penny Jahraus (support@oregonconnections.org) for additional details and next steps. 

About Oregon Connections
Oregon Connections is the next generation, web-based tool that makes it easy for industry professionals to connect with K-20 educators. Professionals can share their skills and expertise to bring real-world, authentic learning opportunities to all our students helping to create the next generation of innovators. Through virtual sessions, professionals can help students and teachers connect their classroom to the world of work. Together we can make a difference. Oregon Connections is a project of the STEM Oregon regional STEM hub network in collaboration with regional Career Technical Education partners, and has been a growing presence in Oregon since 2016.

About Nepris
Austin-based Nepris provides a cloud-based platform connecting industry professionals with K-16 classrooms so that students see the relevance of what they are learning in school. Students are exposed to diverse role models and career paths in STEM, the Arts, retail, manufacturing, and countless other careers. Nepris makes it easy for teachers to leverage industry connections while offering a scalable platform for companies and regional intermediaries to easily and effectively engage the current workforce with the future workforce, virtually. Nearly a half-million students have participated in a Nepris virtual session or have viewed one of the 10,000 hours of videos in its library. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com@NeprisApp

Remake Learning Days Oregon
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STEM Hub Oregon to Host Over 100 Events as Part of Remake Learning Days Across America, the Nation's Biggest Family-Friendly Festival of Learning, Returns in 2021 (Photo) - 05/06/21

May 6, 2021  

Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) returns this spring in 17+ regions, launching more than 700+ innovative learning events to engage caregivers, parents and kids around the country.

Oregon's network of regional STEM Hubs will host more than 100 event during this learning festival between May 8 and 16, 2021. These events are designed for parents and caregivers to learn alongside their kids and offer relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (pre-K through high school). The majority of events are free and are offered virtually, in-person or in hybrid models. 

Oregon’s festival of events will capture the themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and more and include in-person and virtual events such as:

  • KATU Innovation Challenge - Student Finalist Pitches (Virtual) 


  • Oregon Connection Industry Chat - Visit a Wildlife Safari! (Virtual) 


  • Glendale Community Library - STEAM Week at the Library! (In-Person)

 https://remakelearningdays.org/event/steam-week-at-th…re-stem-thinking/ ‎

Find a complete list of events and registration information here 

Oregon’s regional STEM Hubs create equitable access to real-world STEM experiences for learners across Oregon, igniting students’ passion for STEM.  Oregon’s STEM Hub network was honored as a Learning Forerunner in education by Finland’s HundrED.org in 202.

Remake Learning Days Across America is led by Remake Learning (RL), a network that ignites engaging, relevant, and equitable learning practices in support of young people navigating rapid social and technological change. National partners of RLDAA include PBS Kids, Digital Promise, Common Sense Media, Learning Heroes and Noggin. RLDAA is generously supported by The Grable Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, Schmidt Futures, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation. Visit remakelearning.org for more information or follow RL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information specifically on Remake Learning Days Across America, visit remakelearningdays.org or follow RLDAA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the hashtag #RemakeDays. 


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Oregon Partnership with National Learning Festival Fuels STEM Week Events! (Photo) - 04/30/21

STEM Oregon has partnered with Remake Learning Days, the Nation’s Largest Learning Festival. 

For the seventh annual STEM Week, STEM Oregon has partnered with Remake Learning Days bringing national awareness,  grants, and new STEM Week events to Oregon.  Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) celebrates learning in 17+ regions, with family-friendly learning events designed to engage caregivers, parents and kids around the country. Oregon’s network of regional STEM Hubs will celebrate RLDAA during Oregon STEM Week, May 8th-16th. 

Sixteen mini-grants were awarded to STEM Week event hosts throughout the state of Oregon. Funding for these grants was made possible by Remake Learning Days Across America and distributed by Future School Lab, an Oregon education innovation partner. While every event offers participants something different, all of these events are focused on engaging participants and families from underserved and underrepresented populations in the area. 

You and Your Family are Invited to the Following STEM Week Events! To find in-person or virtual events that match your family and students’ interest, explore the event list below or visit the interactive event maps located on these websites: 

Congratulations to the following mini-grant supported STEM Week Events! 

South-Metro Salem 

LEGO Follies - Dallas Public Library- May 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm 


Join us at the Dallas Public Library for Lego fun! We’ll create LEGO initial art, LEGO painting, Blind Building and a  Spin Challenge.

Take and Make STEAM Bags - Tualatin Public Library - May 10-15, 11:00am - 5:00pm 


This week's Take and Make crafts are inspired by STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Make a sponge boat and test out water tension, see how plastic wrap hardens with heat while making shrink art charms, or complete a simple circuit to make a light-up bookmark. Bags are available in the lobby as supplies last.

Rock Collecting and Flying on Mars - Dallas Public Library - May 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm 


A spacecraft the size of a small SUV, with a tiny helicopter onboard, has landed on Mars! The Perseverance Rover is seeking samples of material that may contain evidence of life on Mars. And Ingenuity has successfully made the very first controlled, powered flight on another planet! Find out about both spacecraft and their missions during this upcoming Space Talk!"

Dinos in the Park: a Family STEAM Adventure - Mt Angel Public Library - May 15, 11:00am - 1:00pm 


Join us in Humpert Park May 15th 11:00-1:00 for Dino-mite adventure for the entire family! Explore the history of dinos in Oregon, discover what makes a dino a dino, examine dinosaur fossils, and more through hands-on exhibits, activities, take-home packets, prizes and even a dino-snack!. This free activity is brought to you by Mt. Angel Public Library and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

At-Home Astronomy STEM Week - Willamina Public Library - Multiple Dates and Times


Willamina Public Library partnered with South Yamhill River Astronomy Club to offer daily activities for our community members to learn and explore astronomy. Join us the week of May 8th-16th, 2021 for Activities, Space Exploration, StoryTime, and a Club Meeting.

Umpqua Valley

STEAM Week at the Library - Glendale Community Library - Multiple Dates and Times


Join us for a week of STEAM activities May 10-15th at Glendale Community Library!

On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday we will engage in hands-on, minds-on projects that include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Come design, invent and get inspired!

Southern Oregon 

Mazama STEM&M Explorer Week - Klamath County School District - Multiple Dates and  Times


Mazama STEM&M students will lead 5 days of STEM activities for local elementary students. These days will have kits for pickup from schools for students to take home utilize. High School students will organize and lead these days and online sessions. Join us in exploring STEM&M in the Klamath Basin.

Portland Metro 

STEM Like a Girl Virtual Workshop- STEM Like a Girl  - May 16 ,1:00pm - 3:00pm 


Hands-on STEM activities will focus on building designs based on engineering principles. Make paper rockets, build and test boats for strength, and design a balloon powered car! For girls in 3rd-5th grades (siblings welcome!). Please note that while the mission of STEM Like a Girl is to promote and encourage girls in STEM, all are welcome to attend our events regardless of gender or gender identity. Scholarships available upon request. 

Aviation & Aerospace - STEM Week- Airway Science for Kids, PDX - Multiple Dates and Times 


We will host virtual and live events (restrictions permitting) for each day of STEM week. Each event focuses on an aspect of aviation and aerospace including visits with industry experts and hands-on explorations.

Lane County 

Balloon Bonanza - Creswell Family Resource Center - May 12, 4:00-4:30pm 


Children and families will experiment with baking soda and vinegar to blow up balloons with a hidden message on them that will only be revealed when inflated. This project is great for littles under 5 and their adults to have some fun, but is open to everyone to enjoy!

Take and Make Magnetic Slime - Lane Library District (Creswell Library) - May 14, 4:00-5:00pm 


Grab a take and make kit and get to work at home! Create slime that will reach, crawl, and follow a magnet.

Oregon Coast

Make and Take Suncatchers -Toledo Public Library - May 8, 10:00am - 5:00pm 


Spring is the perfect time to get outside and make a flower petal suncatcher. Stop by the Toledo Public Library for all the materials to make this beautiful craft - just in time for Mother's Day!

Make a Terrific Terrarium - Siletz Public Library - May 8, 10:30am - 1:00pm 


Children ages 5-12 are invited to make their own terrarium using soil, moss, rocks, and plants. Learn about how to help your terrarium thrive.

Framed Sun Catchers - Oceanspray Family Center - May 10, 3:30pm - 5:30 pm 


Framed Nature Suncatchers. We will take students outside to explore plants, insects and all round. Come back into the office and work on suncatchers, trying to use as many different things from nature

Nature Sun Catchers - Innovative Concepts for Families of Lincoln county - May 13, 3:30-pm - 5:30pm 


We will take students outside to explore plants, insects and all round. Come back into the office and work on suncatchers, trying to use as many different things from nature as possible in your creation!

Greater Oregon 

Aquatic Insect Survey - Wild School Homeschool - May 14, 10:00am - 11:00am 


We will be learning about aquatic insects that live in Pete's Pond and sampling for macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects) and we will also be testing water quality. Lastly, we will do some nature journaling and draw some insects!

Native Tree and Shrub Planting - Wild School Homeschool - May 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm 


We will be planting native trees and shrubs to enhance plant diversity and water quality of Pete's Pond.  

Join us for STEM Week, May 8th-16th, to explore STEM with your family in your community, or from home! 

Oregon’s regional STEM Hubs create equitable access to real-world STEM experiences for learners across Oregon, igniting students’ passion for STEM. Oregon’s STEM Hub network was honored as a Learning Forerunner in education by Finland’s HundrED.org in 202.

Find out more about HundrED.org here: https://hundred.org/en/innovations/oregon-stem-hubs#4b6a3c01

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