STEM Night at SES Huge Event
SSC board members and volunteers had great fun at STEM night on Abril 18, which attracted more than 150 students and their families to Sisters Elementary School.

SSC board members and volunteers had great fun at STEM night on Abril 18, which attracted more than 150 students and their families to Sisters Elementary School. 

Board members included Joe Sherry, Gayle Todd and Jocelyn Blevins, a science teacher who organized the STEM event for SES. Volunteers Terry Buchholz, Kathy Campbell, and Mark Thompson also assisted Rob Corrigan, who built a simple marble slide to help kids judge the relationship between velocity and distance. SSC founder Barbara Schulz helped welcome students and their families.

SSC was just one of several dozen organizations participating in the event, ranging from the U.S. Forest Service to Seed to Table to Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes Land Trust. (See more photos on Facebook here.)

Join us Martes for the Last Frontiers in Science Lecture of 2023-2024

It doesn’t take much scientific knowledge to cast our eyes to the horizon and realize that we live in a geologic region of volcanos. Many of us recall the attention grabbed by South Sister not too many years ago when a bulge developed on the west slope, and small earthquakes kept geologists busy monitoring its activity.

The volcanic landscapes of central Oregon have been shaped by tectonic forces that are active on a global scale. In central Oregon, these forces interact to create a geologically diverse region of snow-covered volcanic peaks, landscapes created by faults, and some of the largest volcanic eruptions on earth.

Join Dr. Daniele McKay, geologist and senior instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon, on Martes, Abril 23, at 7 p.m. for her presentation titled “Geology of Central Oregon:  New Insights on the Tectonic Forces Shaping Oregon’s Landscapes.”  She will explore recent geologic research that has changed our understanding of this place we call home.

Dr. McKay, who lives in Bend, teaches online geology courses throughout the academic year and field courses in central Oregon during the summer. Her research background is in physical volcanology, focusing on recent mafic eruptions in the central Oregon Cascades. She is also interested in how societies prepare for and respond to natural disasters, especially volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.  She has worked with Deschutes County, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Red Cross on natural hazard preparedness and mitigation in central Oregon.

This Frontiers in Science event, sponsored by the Sisters Science Club at The Belfry, is the final lecture of the 2024 spring series; lectures will resume next fall.  Social hour begins at
6 p.m. with light fare, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 at the door; teachers and students are admitted free.  The Belfry is located at 302 E. Main Ave., Sisters.

Belfry Speakers, Dates and Topics

Upcoming Frontiers in Science lectures so you can mark these Tuesdays on your calendars now!

Septiembre 24:   Dr. Donna Davis, “XR as Communication:  The Future is Here”  (rescheduled)

Octubre 22:  Dr. Larry Price, “Quantum Mechanics”

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Our mission:  

“To create and maintain a community culture where the study of science is visible, valuable and celebrated, supported by practical and innovative contributions to our schools and to the public.”

The Sisters Science Club is the only non-profit organization in Sisters focused on science education for all ages. For more information, email [email protected]

Our Board of Directors:
David Duehren, President 
Don Utzinger, Vice President & Treasurer
Gayle Todd, Secretary

Welcome New Board Members:
David Ellis                                          David Johnson
Joe Sherry                                          Chris Harker
Jocelyn Blevins                                  Larry Price