The Sisters Science Club

We are a community based organization that strives to enhance science, math, and health in the schools and community through seven main areas.

CLICK ON ONE OF THE STARS on the image to the right & explore the club's activities.

Founded January 2011, the club is comprised of approximately 350 members - but there is no clubhouse, administration, or required annual dues. Rather, the club works by the community bringing volunteers and financial support to enhance the good ideas of the school's science teachers.

The club enjoys close support from Kiwanis, Rotary, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Sisters Garden Club, Energyneering Solutions, Saint Charles Medical Center, Cascades East Area Health Education Center (CEAHEC) and has been awarded grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Most importantly, numerous individuals see value in these programs and provide financial support through the Sisters School Foundation, a 501c3 organization. If you would like to join this effort, click here to reach our president!

Our 2017 science fair was simply terrific! Learn more about the fair by clicking on the star at the lower right of our logo! Click the image above for more pictures from the fair!

 

7. Flight Science
6. Hutchinson Cancer Research
5. Belfry Community Talks
4. The Science Fair
3. Seed to Table Program
2. Sisters School District and Health Education
1. Sisters Schools
The fourth presentation of the 2017-18 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled "The New Genetics: Promises and Pitfalls," and will be presented on 30 January by by Barbara J. Pettersen, MS, CGC.

 

The CDC reports that most human mortality is tied to genetic factors in one way or another ... and hence, our natural interest in genetics. Even our gender now appears more genetically complicated and flexible than once thought, as new work being done by Dr. David Page shows. In some cases, it appears that organisms can switch from sexual to asexual reproductive behavior because of environmental factors alone. The human X and Y chromosomes shown in the lower picture may, in geologic terms,be only transitory, and part of a much longer evolutionary process. Click on the links and graphics to learn more.

The field of genetic counseling is relatively new, first emerging only in the 1970's. While it's pretty evident that children often resemble their parents in outward appearance, the fact that medical similarities are also frequently expressed is still a relatively new idea.

Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person's chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.

Barbara Pettersen, a certified Genetic Counselor who works in a genetic testing laboratory, will explain the state of the art in genetic testing for inherited medical conditions and then move forward to discuss the pros and cons of available direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Finally, she’ll talk about the very new genetic tools such as CRISPR that can actually edit genes of humans and outline some of the pros and cons and ethical issues raised with this powerful new technology.

Come to the Belfry, and you'll be fascinated there too! Belfry doors open at 6 and Lecture at 7PM

General Admission: $5.00. Science Club Donors, Teachers and Students are free.

And here is a timely reminder about the importance of science in our lives: