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Oregon National Primate Research Center (OHSU) Field Trip and Class Presentation

Used from Oregon Primate Research Center website.

Used from Oregon Primate Research Center website.

On Friday, May 22nd, our students will be taking a trip to the Oregon Primate Research Center, which is part of OHSU. Students will need to either bring a sack lunch with a disposable drink container, OR order a sack lunch through the cafeteria. A field trip permission slip was sent out with our students today. 

On Tuesday, May 12th we will have an interactive presentation with Diana Gordon, the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Research Center. She will give a 45 minute presentation helping students and any interested parents understand biomedical research: what it is, why we do it, and why we need to use animals. She will be presenting to Mr. Evers’ class at 1:30 pm and Mrs. Reed’s class at 2:20 pm.

For the field trip we will need several chaperones. If we have more people interested than we can take, parents will be chosen by lottery on May 7th. If you are interested in chaperoning, please fill out the section indicated on the field trip permission form, which was handed out to students today.

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PYP Field Trip

Today our students took a quick trip up to Portland to attend a concert featuring the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.  As usual, our students demonstrated excellent manners and citizenship. Below are some pics of our trip. Thanks to our chaperones who helped out today.

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Students collect real data on Primate Center field trip

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Our students participated in a wonderful field trip yesterday at the Primate Center. Upon arrival our students viewed video clips and learned about of various behaviors of the monkeys from Diana Gordon, the Educational Outreach Coordinator. From there, the students paired up and received clipboards and data sheets. Later, student pairs selected a monkey to observe, and they recorded behavioral data in 15 second intervals for 4 minutes. It was an excellent opportunity for our students to practice science skills in a real setting with meaningful data. After touring the complex and viewing the monkeys, we returned to the auditorium and were treated to a great presentation by Diana Takahashi about her research regarding how high fat diets in expecting mothers affect offspring. Overall,  it was a fabulous learning experience for our students, chaperones and teachers. Thanks to Diana and Diana for the opportunity, and a big thanks to our chaperones who did a great job.

While we were not able to take pictures inside the complex, below is a video clip of one of the research center’s most famed monkey, Trapper.

Field Trip Reminder

field tripTuesday, February 26th

What to wear:
*We will be outside for an hour or more, no matter what the weather. Wear closed-toed shoes, jackets, etc.

What to bring:
*A lunch! (If you ordered one on your permission slip, we will have it for you that morning.)
*Your school bag & binder. We will have “regular school” from 8:30-9:00 and from 1:30-3:10.

What not to bring:
*Electronics of any kind. Cell phones and cameras are specifically prohibited at the primate center.

Chaperones:
*If you were selected to chaperone, please arrive at EY no later than 8:45.
*Wear your school district ID badge.
*Bring a lunch.
*Dress for the weather.
*We will give you specifics about your role that morning.
*We plan to return to EY around 1:30.
*Thank you for being willing to come with us!