Ways for Partners to Get Involved

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


Plug In: K-12 Outreach Opportunities for STEM Professionals
Lincoln County edition - December 13, 2016

Science researchers, engineers and STEM graduate students attended a lunchtime information session at HMSC to learn from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub about some of the many ways to get involved in local STEM education efforts. From being a judge for an engineering competition, to serving as a mentor for a science fair, to sharing your science from sea, there was something for everyone. See the presentation that was shared. If you have questions about any of the opportunities, please contact OregonCoastSTEM@oregonstate.edu.

MATE ROV Competition Judge 2014


  • 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. The next competition will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 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 seeking volunteers for the April 8, 2017 competition in Monmouth, OR 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. This year, mentors are needed to visit grade 6-8 classrooms in February and March. The culminating public event will be held on March 16, 2017 at Hatfield Marine Science Center. To learn more, visit the SF website or contact Cait Goodwin at cait.goodwin@oregonstate.edu.
  • Toledo Elementary Science FairAll K-6 graders at Toledo Elementary School will be involved in classroom and/or field science inquiry investigations this winter, and will display their findings at their school science fair on March 23. Volunteers are needed to help in the classroom and on beach 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. The date for the 2017 Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition is Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Lincoln City.  To get involved, fill out this survey or 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. Not only will the 2017 Oregon and Idaho regional competition will be held in Corvallis on February 18th, but Oregon will host the National competition on April 20-23. For more information, contact salmonbowl.volunteer@gmail.com.
  • BPA Science Bowl - link
    The Bonneville Power Administration sponsors the nation’s largest regional science bowl for middle and high school students. The fast-paced academic bowl tests student knowledge in all aspects of science:  math, geology, chemistry, physics, environmental science and more. Team registration in late November and the competitions were held at University of Portland; middle school on February 4, 2017 and high school on February 11, 2017.
  • 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.


  • Conservation Career Day - The Salmon Drift Watershed Council seeks conservation professionals to interact with Taft High School students at OCCC during Conservation Career Day on May 20, 2016.  Contact Graham Klag at reefcoordinator@salmondrift.org for more information.
  • Nestucca Valley Elementary School Garden - Volunteers are needed to help with this K-6 learning project in Tillamook County that focuses on environmental stewardship and sustainability leadership.  Projects are integrated with STEM curricula and standards, food systems and horiculture.  To learn more, contact Sarah Skinker at nestuccagardenprogram@gmail.com.
  • 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 and 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.  The 2015 championship competition was held January 17 and 18, 2015.  Read about one coastal team that participated.
  • 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
  • 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 Steering Committee or a Working Committee (Sustainability, Outreach, PD, or Student Activities)
    - 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
  • 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, or if you would like to be part of the Communications Committee, please contact the STEM Hub Communications Coordinator.



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.