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In the News 2015-16

College Robotics Team Heads to NASA - by Edward Stratton
June 9, 2016 - The Daily Astorian reports that Clatsop Community College's ROV team is taking their underwater robot to Houston to compete in the International MATE ROV Competition being held June 23-25 at NASA's Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Lab.  Read the article  * Watch the team compete live 

Away With the Scotch Broom? - by Shelby Case, photos by Lou Sennick
May 23, 2016 - The Umpqua Post describes how Highland Elementary students in Reedsport have been working with community partners to test hypotheses and eradicate invasive species. Read the article

STEM Week Oregon winners
May 8, 2016 - Coastal educators won prizes during STEM Week Oregon for sharing their STEM Week activities.  Congratulations to Siuslaw Middle School, who won $500 from Intel, North Bend Middle School, who won a Vivofit from Garmin, and Lewis and Clark Elementary, who won $200 from First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Remotely Operated Vehicles: Another technology
May 6, 2016 - Researchers who use passive acoustic monitoring equipment in ocean environments are excited about the MATE ROV program. Read the LADC-GEMM blog * Full 2016 Competition Results and Info

Few Fish Bite, but Derby Still Delights - by Edward Stratton
May 2, 2016 - Learn how STEM activities have impacted students in Astoria through this Daily Astorian report on a fundraiser held to benefit Astoria High School's fisheries technology class. Read the article

Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge - by Seth Allen
April 20, 2016 - The STEM Hubs Blog for the Oregon Chief Education Office describes how 3rd - 12th grade students from all over the coast brought wind, solar and wave energy devices to compete in the third annual Renewable Energy Challenge in Newport.  Read the blog *

Warrior Students Ready the Salmon Cannon - by Edward Stratton
April 13, 2016 - The Daily Astorian reports that Warrenton High School students are preparing more than 20,000 salmon for release in the Skipanon River starting next month from Warrenton High Fisheries Inc., a nonprofit-funded and mostly student-operated hatchery. Read the article

Twenty Teachers Turn Water Bottles Into Mini Seagliders
April 2, 2016 - Researchers explain on their blog how they were involved with an Oregon Coast STEM Hub educator workshop. Read the post and download the build instructions they used to build underwater gliders. Read the blog

Astoria Attempts, Again, to Keep Sea Lions Off Docks
March 31, 2016 - KOIN 5 explains how Knappa High School metal shop students are engineering a potential solution for keeping California sea lions off boats docks in Astoria. Story and video

Dive, Robot: Students use technology to help find shipwrecks - by Edward Stratton
March 3, 2016 - High school students from Astoria, Warrenton and Jewell are partnering with Clatsop Community College students to build a new underwater robot for the Maritime Archaeological Society. Their ROV will search for shipwrecks around the mouth of the Columbia River and on the North Coast. Read the article

KNPT Hotline Interview - with Kiera Morgan
February 23, 2016 - Partnership Liaison Ruth McDonald and teacher Melissa Steinman talk with KNPT's Kiera Morgan about the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, the CTE Revitalization Grant at Waldport High School, and the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition. Listen * MP3

Sunset Middle School Hosts "Girls Rock" Event
February 1, 2016 - The Coos Bay Area Zonta Club sponsored an event which engaged girls in a full day of hands-on learning, science games and experiments and introduced them to women in STEM professions. Read the KCBY article * See photos from The World

Science Fair Draws Crowd - By Steve Card
January 27, 2016 - More than 1000 people attended the annual Newport Schools Science Fair, which this year focused on grades K-5 and involved 44 science mentors from the community who visited classrooms regularly to help students with their investigations. Read the article

Top Tier for Warrenton Robotics Team
January 18, 2016 - The Daily Astorian reports how Warrenton Grade School's FIRST LEGO robotics team, the F1shSt1ckz, won first place for their project at the state championship tournament on January 10th.  Read the article

Coos Bay Fifth-grader Brings Education Ideas to Oregon Conference - by Chelsea Davis
December 17, 2015 - 10 year old Shayla Edge introduced Oregon's governor at a conference on Monday, addressing a crowd of 1,300 about the importance of hands-on learning and getting the community involved in education.  This interview with Shayla and coastal STEM educators appeared in The World.  Read the article

Field Experiences: The tiny creatures of Fall Creek - by Oceanscape Network
November 30, 2015 - Students from Waldport High School visit Oregon Hatchery Research Center to collect macroinvertebrates and assess ecosystem health. OHRC is a partner in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub.  Read the article

Students Help National Park with Dragonfly Mercury Project - by Kyle Spurr
October 8, 2015 - The Daily Astorian describes how students at Astoria High School partner with the National Park Service, collecting dragonfly nymphs as part of a citizen science project.  Read the article

Hands On Science Leads to Praise for Cain - by Edward Stratton
October 8, 2015 - The Daily Astorian reports that teacher Lee Cain from Astoria High School was named one of the five best K-12 science teachers in Oregon, and is a finalist for a national award. Read the article

STEM Hub Trailers Now Available - by Kiera Morgan
September 30, 2015 - The Oregon Coast STEM Hub now has trailers stocked with material for classroom and field science projects for use by Lincoln County teachers.  There are two other trailers that will reach other areas of the STEM Hub; one in Warrenton and one in Coos Bay.  Read the article * More about trailers

Coos Bay Teacher Wins STEM Award
September 18, 2015 - The World reports that Sunset Middle School fifth grade teacher Nick Krissie will be the recipient of a STEM Champion Award during the STEM Expo in Branson, Missouri.  Read the article

Launch of the SS Morning Star - by Rachel Teasdale
August 15, 2015 - While on the way to explore the Axial Seamount, the crew of the R/V Thompson released a 5 ft student-built unmanned sailboat at sea. The S.S. Morning Star was built by students at Tillamook High School last spring, and because it is equipped with GPS, you can follow its progress in the Pacific online.  Read the article * Track the boat


In the News 2014-15

Science at Sea
May 21, 2015 - Toledo High School teacher Ben Ewing holds the SS Dolphin which was built by Coos Bay middle school students and will be launched from the R/V Thompson over Memorial Day weekend.  Read the story, and then track the SS Dolphin (zoom into the Pacific NW region)

The Science of Right Here, Right Now - By Edward Stratton
May 20, 2015 - Ninth graders work with community partners to monitor the health of a local wetland.  Read about this long-term project in The Daily Astorian.  [link] [pdf]

Diving Into Marinelife - By Diane Vance
May 15, 2015 - On May 12th, 120 Lincoln County 5th and 6th graders participated in a Student STEMposium at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.  They shared results of the science investigations with one another and heard presentations from local researchers.  Link to the issue, PDF

KNPT Hotline Interview
May 12, 2015 - Kiera Morgan from KNPT 1030 AM radio interviewed several Lincoln County School District STEM teachers and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub's Ruth McDonald to learn more about recent student engineering competitions and other STEM activities taking place in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Listen to the podcast - select May 12, 2015  MP3

North Bend Students Get Hands-on Science, Tech Experience
May 5, 2015 - The World reports that the Oregon Coast STEM Hub partners helped provide a STEM Family Night at a North Bend school on April 30.  Read the article

Teachers Collaborate for Students - By Diane Vance
May 5, 2015 - This News Times article features teachers and students from Toledo Jr/Sr High School engaged in STEM activities, including participation in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub sponsored Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge and Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition.  Both teachers in the article received professional development training and funds for student experiences from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub during the 2014-15 school year, too.  Read the article [link] [pdf]

The Private Eye - (5x) Looking/Thinking by Analogy - By Kerry Ruef
May 2015 - The May issue of Microscopy Today published an article about The Private Eye that includes a photo from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub workshop that took place in Charleston in February 2015.  Link to the issue, PDF of the article (p. 52 - 57)

Students Dive Into STEM in Statewide Underwater Robotics Competition
April 29, 2015 - shares a recap of the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition, with results.  Read the article

Robotics Competition Gives South Coast Teams STEM Insight - By Chelsea Davis
April 27, 2015 - The World features Bandon and North Bend students who are taking their student-built underwater robots to the Oregon Regional MATE ROV competition.  Read the article

The Arctic Sea Beckons Warrenton High School - By Edward Stratton
April 24, 2015 - The Daily Astorian features Warrenton High School students who are taking their student-built underwater robots to the Oregon Regional MATE ROV competition.  Read the article

CYBORG Seagulls are Ready to Recycle - By Edward Stratton
February 24, 2015 - The Daily Astorian features Seaside and Astoria students who are taking their student-built robot to a FIRST Robotics competitions.  Read the article

Student-Built Boat Takes Scientific Mission to the High Seas - By Jes Burns
February 10, 2015 - OPB EarthFix produced a 3 minute radio piece on the unmanned sailboat project in Coos Bay.  Teacher "Andrew Giniger says the project came to Sunset Middle school through the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, which helps coordinate science, technology, engineering and math projects at schools." To listen, read and see photos, click here.

Two $1 million Grants Provide STEM Professional Development Opportunities
The Oregon Coast STEM Hub blog posted press releases regarding awards that provide 3-yr teacher professional development training to teachers in Oregon.  Read about the K-6 NGSS Instructional Specialists program here and read about Project DEMILO here.  Winter deadlines to apply have passed, but the deadline for the summer or fall start for Project DEMILO is April 15.

Coos Bay Students to Build Boat - By Chelsea Davis
November 10, 2014 - The World describes how Coos Bay students are building a 5 foot unmanned sailboat that they will be able to track with GPS throughout the Pacific. Read the article

  • The Statesman Journal identified these student boat-builders as WINNERS in their Nov 13 column. Read it here
  • The World article was picked up by the AP and published in the Washington Times on Nov 13 

Anchors Aweigh - By Nancy Steinberg
November 7, 2014 - The News Times describes how the Oregon Coast STEM Hub is supporting coastal students whose unmanned GPS-equipped sailboat will be launched at sea with the help of the R/V Oceanus.  Read more

Keeping Students  Engaged - By Dani Palmer
October 21, 2014 - The Newport News Times highlights STEM activities in Lincoln County afterschool programs.  Read the article

The Science of Being Successful - By Edward Stratton
October 10, 2014 - The Daily Astorian highlights STEM investments and achievements in Clatsop County.  Read the article


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