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In the News 2016-17

GEMM Lab High School Intern Blogs - Pacific High School students working as summer internts with OSU whale researchers in Port Orford write about their experiences:
* August 7, 2017: Curiosity and Community- by Nathan Malamud - Read the blog
* August 15, 2017: The Passion of a Researcher - by Quince Nye - Read the blog

Camp Builds Students' STEM Skills - by Katherine Lacaze - July 21, 2017 - In this article from the Seaside Signal, OSU students describe how the Oregon Coast STEM Hub sponsored mobile summer camps they are running in Seaside and other coastal communities give middle school students an opportunity to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills in a stress-free environment. Read the article

College Robotics Team Competed in International Event - July 7, 2017 - The Daily Astorian reports how the Explorere team "Lazarus Industries" performed at the International MATE ROV Competition. Read the article

Newport Robotics Team Places 14th in Global Competition - by Joan Brown - July 3, 2017 - The News Times reports how the Ranger team "Finnovators" performed at the International MATE ROV Competition. Read the article [link][pdf]

Robotics Team Seeks Funds to Get To International Competition - June 20, 2017 - The Newport High School "Finnovators" ROV team qualified to compete with their underwater robot at the International MATE ROV Competiition in Long Beach, California this month. The Oregon Coast Daily News shares their story: Read the article

March for Science Donates to STEM Hub - May 22, 2017 - The People's March for Science held last month in Newport was supported by the Mid-Coast Watershed Council and received generous donations from the public. After the event, the organizers had $758 left over, so the march committee donated these funds to the Oregon Coast STEM Hub to be used to support STEM activities in Lincoln County. Read the article

Robotics Team Qualifies for International Competition - by Edward Stratton - May 19, 2017 - The Daily Astorian describes how Clatsop Community College's Explorer Class ROV team "Lazarus Industries" is preparing to attend the International MATE ROV Competition in Long Beach, California in June. Read the article

Students Learn Real-World Robotics - by Calley Hair - May 3, 2017 - This News Times reports on the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition describes how students work together to build and compete with underwater robots in a regional competition. Several student teams from up and down the Oregon Coast participated in this exciting competition. Read the article

STEM Network Seeks Community Input - by Gloria Tucker - April 26, 2017 - The News Times reports on the first of five Community Meetings that the Oregon Coast STEM Hub is holding on the coast this April and May to engage the community in planning for STEM education. Read the article, courtesy of the News Times [link][pdf]

3rd Annual "Girls Rock" Event Introduces Girls to Different Career Opportunities - by KCBY - April 12, 2017 - This free event on April 22nd will give young girls in Coos County the chance to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math professions. Read the article

Teaching at a New Level - by Gloria Tucker - April 7, 2017 - Oregon Coast STEM Hub activities are the focus of a "Science on Tap" presentation given by teachers in our Hub. The News Times reports. Read the article

Party With the Stars at Marine Science Day - April 3, 2017 - Oregon Coast TODAY describes the upcoming open house at Hatfield Marine Science Center which will take place on April 8th. The theme is "Celebrating Student Research" and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub is one of many presenters. Read the article

NKN Middle Schoolers Getting Technical - by Brian Cameron - March 30, 2017 - North Coast Citizen shares a story about Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School's afterschool technology club, "I4IGM", which engages students with 3D printing, LEGO robotics, screen printing, and more. Read the article. This club was also the subject of a recent Oregon Coast STEM Hub blog post

Newport Middle School Science Fair HMSC - by Cheryl Harle - March 22, 2017 - This "hot topic" BOSS Radio interview focused on the Newport Schools Science Fair that took place on March 16th at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and featured interviews with Newport Middle School teacher Mike Pearce and three of his 7th grade students. Listen to the program

Neah-Kah-Nie Takes First Place in Oceanic Salmon Bowl Competition - by Brian Cameron - March 2, 2017 - A team from Neah-Kah-Nie High School won the Salmon Bowl competition in Corvallis on February 18th, and will go on to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competition in April. Read all about it in the North Coast Citizen: Read the article

Students Compete in Renewable Energy Challenge - March 2, 2017 - The Oregon Coast Daily News reports that students in grades 3-12 from Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln counties brought their solar, wind and wave energy devices to compete in the Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge on February 28th. Read the article

Take a Shine to Science, at GEMS Camp - February 14, 2017 - Oregon Coast Today shares information about the Oregon Coast STEM Hub's upcoming Girls in Engineering and Marine Science (GEMS) camp being held in Newport on March 10th and 11th. Registration for 7th and 8th grade girls is open until March 3. Read the article

"Girls Who Code" Comes to Coos Bay to Inspire more Women to Join Tech Sector - by Christelle Koumoue - December 30, 2016 - A national nonprofit agency is launching the first "Girls Who Code" afterschool club in Coos Bay. The free program targets girls in grades 6 to 12 and involves weekly meetings for the rest of the school year. KCBY.com

Oregon Sea Grant Prepares Coastal Kids for High-Tech Jobs - by Rick Cooper - October 27, 2016 - The Fall/Winter 2016 Edition of Oregon Sea Grant's Confluence magazine features a story about the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. View the magazine * Online article
November 10, 2016 - Republished in the Newport News Times

Bandon Teacher Has Cruise of a Lifetime - by Amy Moss Strong - October 6, 2016 - Bandon Western World reports on last month's R/V Oceanus Shipboard Experience, highlighting local Bandon High School teacher Martha Kemple and other coastal teachers and students who participated. Read the article

Fifth Graders Get 66 Minutes to Build a Better Robot - by Edward Stratton - October 4, 2016 - The Daily Astorian describes how students at Lewis and Clark Elementary school had a chance to design, build and deploy underwater robots through the Columbia River Maritime Museum's "Under the Sea" STEM program. Read the article

In One Ear: Here A Whale, There a Whale - by Elleda Wilson - September 30, 2016 - The Daily Astorian highlights a high school student and teacher from Warrenton who took part in the 3 day shipboard experience on board the R/V Oceanus. Read the article

A Taste of Marine Research Aboard the Oceanus - by Steve Card - September 28, 2016 - This News Times article shares the R/V Oceanus shipboard experience, highlighting impressions from the three students and one teacher from Lincoln County, as well as from the Education PI Tracy Crews. Read the article [link][pdf]

Students Go on Scientific Cruise on OSU Research Vessel - September 28, 2016 - OregonCoastDailyNews.com describes the experience that students and teachers from Bandon, North Bend, Waldport, Newport and Warrenton had sailing on board the R/V Oceanus for four days, conducting research alongside OSU scientists and learning about CTDs, marine mammals, and seabirds. Read the article

North Bend Senior Joins Research Vessel - by Jillian Ward - September 26, 2016 - The World Link describes how a shipboard experience on the R/V Oceanus affected North Bend high school student Matthew Perry and continued his interest in STEM. Perry and his science teacher found out about the opportunity through the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Read the article

Tours available on OSU Research Vessel - September 12, 2016 - OSU offers dockside tours of the R/V Oceanus in Portland. Read the press release

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 * OregonCoastDailyNews.com

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 - LincolnCountyDispatch.com 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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