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In the first year of our Hub, the Oregon Coast STEM Hub asked teachers and informal educators what they needed to make STEM learning meaningful and successful for their students. Educators shared that they needed access to more STEM materials, so the Oregon Coast STEM hub purchased trailers and stocked them full of materials. The trailers include rain boots, Vernier equipment, microscopes, scales, magnet kits, ROV kits and more.
The trailers are located in Coos Bay, Newport and Warrenton. In-school and out-of-school preK-14 educators on the Oregon Coast may borrow materials at no cost. Choose the trailer nearest you and click on the link to access the checkout system. Create a user account, and once you are approved you may explore the inventory and request materials. For more information, contact OregonCoastSTEM@oregonstate.edu
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Finch Robot Loan Program - Introduce your students to computer science! Birdbrain Technologies lends programmable Finch robots to schools and libraries across the U.S.. The application period for the 2017-18 school year is now closed. Applications for the 2018-19 school year will open in April 2018. More information
Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria has a variety of maritime history kits available for free one-month check out by educators. The cost ranges from free to $25. More information
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (Fort Clatsop) in Astoria has a variety of traveling trunks available for loan, including a "Science of Discovery" trunk. More information
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership has 11 water education study kits that compliment the Children's Clean Water Festival. More information
StreamWebs kits at HMSC - topics include Water Quality, Riparian, Macroinvertebrate and rubber boots - Reserve online - Instructions for measuring pH, DO, temperature, stream flow, turbidity, salinity
STEPs Program is a K-12 science outreach program at Oregon State Univerisity which loans classroom sets of materials that relate to lessons in molecular biology, chemistry, and energy production. Equipment sets are available to Oregon teachers who have participated in STEPs teacher workshops or who have had appropriate training in using the equipment. More information
4-H kits - Many OSU Extension offices have STEM-related education kits available for educators to borrow, including FIRST LEGO robotics, stomp rocket, MATE Underwater ROV, snap circuits, and science lessons. Contact your local 4-H office to see what is available in your area or Contact Todd Williver at the Lincoln County 4-H Office 541-574-6534 x22 for assistance in finding your local 4-H agent.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Many STEP Biologists have STEM-related education kits available for educators to borrow, including waders, sampling equipment, and aquatic education trailer. Contact your local STEP Biologist to see what is available in your area.
USFWS - Binoculars and field guides are available to Lincoln County educators to borrow between June and March. For more information, contact Dawn Harris at Oregon Coast National Wildflie Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365, 541-867-4550.
Earth Science Week Toolkit - This year's Earth Science Week will be held October 8-14, 2017. Copies of the "Visualizing Earth Systems" Earth Science Week Toolkit are available for the cost of shipping ($8.95) from the American Geosciences Institute. Link
KidWind Kits - Thinking about entering the Renewable Energy Challenge? See the Wind and Solar kits available from REcharge Labs.
MATE ROV Kits - Thinking about entering the MATE ROV competition? Read more about the Pufferfish and Triggerfish kits that are available for purchase. Contact Tracy Crews for more information and recommendations.