Welcome Students and Parents!

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub website offers resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom.  Parents and families can support STEM learning at home, with extracurricular activities, and with a positive attitude! In this section of the website, you can explore STEM clubs, competitions, summer camps, scholarships, and more. 

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What is STEM?

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The reason these four disciplines are brought together under one heading is because STEM educators and employers recognize that most careers and real-world problems are multi-disciplinary. That means, for example, that to build (engineer) something, you will likely also need to know how to measure (math), use special equipment (technology), and understand the physical properties of your building materials (science).

Why STEM?

  • It allows you to work in a challenging, rewarding career with the opportunity to make a difference.
  • Those with bachelor's degrees in STEM make an average of $14,000 more per year than those with a non-STEM degree.  Over a lifetime, STEM majors make $300,000 more than non-STEM majors.
  • In 2013, the top ten college degrees by highest starting salaries were all STEM-related.
  • The National Science Foundation estimates 80% of jobs in the next decade will require math and science knowledge.
  • Non-STEM fields increasingly require STEM skills (source).

Beyond Bridge Building

Sometimes when people think about STEM, the first thing that comes to mind is building bridges, whether it's students working with popsicle sticks, or engineers in hard hats working with steel beams.  While building a bridge is a STEM activity, you may be surprised to discover just how many different STEM activities and careers there are out in the world that don't have anything to do with bridges!  For example, here is a short list of STEM-related careers:

Veterinarian * Forester * Architect * Graphic Designer * Investment Banker * Cryptographer * Physician * Pastry Chef * Zookeeper * Massage Therapist * Webmaster * Video Game Designer * Firefighter * Auto Mechanic * Wind Turbine Service Technician * NOAA Research Vessel Crewmember

To see more examples, download a llst of STEM Careers

What Do STEM and CTE (Career Technical Education) Have in Common? 

Both connect education to careers!  For more information about shared outcomes, educational approaches and careers, download a PDF

What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

These new education standards recently adopted by Oregon are a powerful foundation to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. Parent Guides for Grades K-2, Grade 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12 are available at https://nextgenscience.org/parentguides.

 

Ask a Scientist?

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub helps connect students, teachers, parents, and STEM professionals with each other through events, partnerships, and locally-relevant experiences. This website can help you find out about STEM careers, local STEM-related organizations, opportunities for youth and adults to engage in STEM activities and citizen science, and much, much more.

It's not always easy for researchers to participate in STEM education activities, as they have to work around their normal packed schedules, professional commitments, and seasonal field constraints. We are always grateful when these individuals are able to participate in a teacher training workshop, make a virtual visit to a classroom from sea, share their science at a Career Day event, or give a tour of their STEM facility. Often we try to maximize impacts by sharing a researcher's limited time with as many youth as possible. For professionals who want to participate but aren't sure how, this website has a page for Partners to find ways they can "Plug In" to STEM education.

Sometimes, university departments or individual researchers get emails from young students (or their parents) who are looking for answers to questions for school projects.  Sometimes, interviewing an expert is part of the school assignment. This article from The Planetary Society is worth reading before you send that email (students) or give that assignment (teachers). It's called "So you need questions answered about space", and it contains some great tips and suggestions for how and when to contact researchers for help.