Washington State University Vancouver

Come join us!  NW Noggin is actively engaged in STEAM (STEM + Art) outreach throughout the academic year, and over the summer as well…

And the chance to collaborate with fellow graduates and undergraduates from OHSU, Portland State University, the Pacific Northwest College of Art and other area campuses to both design and then deliver instruction to K-12 students in Portland and Vancouver public schools is an extraordinary educational experience…


You’ll gain confidence in your public speaking skills, you’ll learn about current efforts in graduate research, you’ll discover the power of art in conveying complex concepts in neuroscience and psychology, and you’ll know what it’s like to plan lessons and teach…


And you will help enthuse a new generation of scientists and artists, too!


We encourage you to get involved as a volunteer!  Please contact Sterling Gray (sterling.gray@wsu.edu), the Noggin Resource Council member for Washington State University Vancouver, Bill Griesar (griesar@pdx.edu) and Jeff Leake (aspragus@yahoo.com) to learn more… 🙂


Graduate students are also encouraged to join us to present a public lecture on their research interests at Velo Cult, a bicycle shop/event space/pub in NE Portland!  We pair you with an art student, and you both get unique, useful experience introducing your work to the general public.  And $1/pint sold during presentations supports neuroscience/art outreach in the public schools… :)

Check out some past presentations by graduate students from WSU Vancouver…

Feeling no pain @ Velo!

Velo Cult:  Megan Slaker & Dawn Nielson draw a memorable crowd!


NW Noggin is very active in the community throughout the year, and if you are interested in finding out more about participating, please submit the information requested below and follow the instructions in the confirmation email. 

You are also encouraged to contact our Resource Council Member for Communications:  Jpatchingbunch@gmail.com


We are committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based on open communication and mutual respect.  We have an extraordinarily diverse K-12 student population, and a diverse community of teachers as well. We expect volunteers to be respectful and welcoming of difference, including differences involving race, color, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, veteran or military status, sex, marital status, pregnancy or parenting status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.  Inappropriate behavior is unacceptable, and will result in removal from NW Noggin activities…

Please help everyone feel valued as full, respected participants in our teaching and learning communities – this is key to successful outreach…

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