Science Outreach

Science Outreach

Inspiring Walla Walla Valley teachers and students to explore science.

Science Outreach at Whitman College has been a long standing tradition that became formalized in the fall of 2009 with a four year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  This grant supported the formation of a Science Outreach Coordinator, professional development for middle school science teachers and student mentoring.  Whitman continues to support this program which has grown and changed over the years and consists now of three main components.

Classroom Programs

We offer the following programs which support the exploration of science and the curriculum of the Walla Walla Valley schools.

Classroom Outreach Programs: Contact Heidi Chapin for scheduling at

Family Science Nights: Contact Heidi Chapin for scheduling at

Planetarium Visits: Contact Andrea Dobson for scheduling at

Advance Studies Enrichment Program (ASE)

Whitman science and math students are offering AP study sessions in the Hall of Science atrium on the Whitman campus for Walla Walla Valley AP students.   Each Monday and Wednesday from 7-8:30 in the Science Hall Atrium and Room 146 there will be Whitman students available to discuss topics, go over problem sets, dig deeper into the subjects, and answer questions.   The opportunity is open to all students enrolled in AP Science and Math classes in Walla Walla Valley Schools, including AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and AP Calculus.  We will provide study snacks, prizes for attendance, and a great study environment.  This program is funded by a generous grant from Pacific Power.

Summer Institute for Teachers

Each summer we offer a summer institute for teachers where we focus on a specific topic.  Included in the institute are field trips, lab experiments and time to collaborate with other teachers.  This opportunity is open to all Walla Walla Valley Middle and High School teachers.  For more information click here Summer Institute.

Generous Support

Our outreach programs would not exist without the generous support from the following donors:

Clara and Art Bald Trust
George Welch Trust
Joseph L. Stubblefield Trust
Mary Garner Trust
Pacific Power

For more information about our Science Outreach Programs, please contact:

Heidi Chapin
Science Outreach Coordinator
Hall of Science, Room 172
(509) 522-4441

For information about our school-based outreach programs, please contact Susan Prudente at in the Student Engagement Center.