Ways for Partners to Get Involved

Find out how you can connect to the Oregon Coast STEM Hub and STEM activities in your area. 

MATE ROV Competition Judge 2014

ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS and EVENTS

  • ASPIRE
    ASPIRE is a mentoring program that matches trained and supportive adult volunteer mentors with middle and high school students to develop a plan to help them meet their education goals beyond high school. Volunteers are needed at high schools throughout the Oregon coast region. Learn more
  • Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge 
    Students in grades 3-12 bring their wave energy devices, wind turbines, and/or solar devices to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to test in wave tanks, wind tunnel or under high powered lights to see which designs produce the greatest amount of energy.Volunteers support teachers in professional development workshops, mentor student teams, and/or serve as a judge or event volunteer on competition day. Watch a short video about the 2017 competition which was held on February 28. To get involved, contact Tracy Crews at OregonCoastSTEM@oregonstate.edu.
  • Oregon Game Project Challenge - link
    The Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC) is the only state-wide game programming competition in Oregon. OGPC introduces middle and high school students to computer programming basics while educating them in science and current events. They are seek  volunteers for their annual April competition in Monmouth, OR. 2017 Volunteer information * Sign up to help
  • Newport Schools Science Fair - Each year, 30-40 volunteer science mentors from the community are matched with Newport classrooms to work with teachers and help students with science fair projects. In 2018, mentors will be needed to visit grade K-5 classrooms in January, February and March. The culminating public event will be held in mid-March. To learn more, Cait Goodwin at cait.goodwin@oregonstate.edu.
  • Toledo Elementary Science Fair - K-6 graders at Toledo Elementary School hold an annual Science Fair, and volunteers are needed to help in the classroom and on field trips. For more information, contact Dana Spink at dana.spink@lincoln.k12.or.us.
  • Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition - link
    A variety of volunteer opportunities can be found for this program in which student teams (upper elementary to college) build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles and compete in a regional competition.  Engineers and technicians can help support teachers in professional development workshops, mentor student teams, build mission props, and/or serve as a judge or other event volunteer on competition day. Watch a short video about the 2017 Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition which was held April 29, 2017 in Lincoln City.  To get involved, contact Tracy Crews at OregonCoastSTEM@oregonstate.edu.  
  • Salmon Bowl - link
    Oregon's regional competition for the National Ocean Science Bowl seeks student volunteers to help participate with the annual quiz-bowl style competition held at Oregon State University. Serve as a judge or help with logistics. For more information, contact salmonbowl.volunteer@gmail.com.
  • Oregon Science Olympiad - link
    Volunteers help with the state tournament in April that takes place in Corvallis. Middle and high school student teams are tested on their knowledge. Team registration typically begins in January.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Community Mentoring Program - In Tillamook School District, community mentors are resources for students working on science fair projects, project-based learning units, and more.  For more information, contact Clair Thomas at thomasc@tillamook.k12.or.us.
  • 21st Century After School Program - The 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program in the Lincoln County School District provides 2.5 hours of afterschool enrichment for students each school day, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and reading.  Volunteers are needed to help provide STEM enrichment activities.  Visit the website for more information.
  • FIRST LEGO League - The Oregon Robotic Tournament and Outreach Program provides information about robotics programs and competitions held throughout the state.  Visit the ORTOP website to find out more about being a team coach, a mentor, a judge, a referee and more. 
  • MATHCOUNTS - This national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.  Help a middle school teacher in your area start a team!  For more information, visit the MATHCOUNTS website for more information, or contact Mathcounts Coordinator Steve Alexanderson at SAlexanderson@cencoast.com 
  • Oceanscape Network "Virtual Explorations" - Scientists, researchers and explorers are invited to share their experiences and discoveries with young people through the Oregon Coast Aquarium's Oceanscape Network. See examples.  To get involved, contact Marsh Myers at marsh.myers@aquarium.org.

 

Short Term Commitments

Wave Energy Workshop

  • Participate in Oregon Coast STEM Hub outreach efforts by sending us your STEM related activities and events
  • Participate in Hub partner meetings, provide input
  • Volunteer as a mentor for students in the classroom or in an afterschool club
  • Volunteer as a judge for STEM competitive events
  • Participate in STEM fair events, career expos, etc. by providing table materials, activities, and/or presentations
  • Provide space and/or logistical support for Hub programs and activities
  • Provide a tour of your workplace for students on a field trip
  • Help spread the word!
  • Provide technical assistance to STEM teachers

Long Term Commitments

  • Volunteer to be on the Leadership Counil or a regional Work Group
    - Identify priority activities for your committee
    - Identify the right people and organizations to complete the work outlined
    - Get directly involved in the activities of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub
  • Host on-site educational tours for students and teachers on STEM field trips
  • Modify your existing educational resources and learning opportunities to include STEM
  • Provide internship opportunities for STEM teachers, and students in high school or college
  • Host job shadowing opportunities for students
  • Sponsor STEM initiatives (projects, competitions, etc.) in the Oregon Coast region
  • Identify potential funding opportunities to ensure sustainability of Oregon Coast STEM Hub efforts
  • For TEACHERS: Provide support to other teachers in your area
    - Help coordinate PD opportunities in your area
    - Help disseminate information to local teachers
    - Support data collection as needed from local teachers/partners

This Website:  A Living Resource

As the Oregon Coast STEM Hub develops, we anticipate more and more information will appear on these webpages.  Eventually certain lists will have to be categorized by geographic region or subject so that users can find what they need.  You can help contribute to this resource in the following ways:

  • Content to Share - If you have a resource or event you would like to share on this website, please fill out a Content Submission Form.
  • Report a Problem - If you find a broken/misdirected link or inaccurate information, please contact the webmaster.
  • Link to This Website - Help us connect throughout the region by putting a link to the Oregon Coast STEM Hub website (http://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/) on your website.
  • Volunteer - Help shape the way the Oregon Coast STEM Hub communicates with others!  If you are interested in submitting a story, blog post, photos, etc, please contact the STEM Hub Communications Coordinator.

 

Donate

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, visit the OSU giving page and select Option #1 to see that you can make a directed donation.  There's also a big button on the Home page of this website that goes to the same place.