Highlights from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub

This is an archive of News items shared by the Oregon Coast STEM Hub over the years. Some hyperlinks may be broken when original websites undergo changes.

In The News

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership... 8/28/22 - Lots of projects and a Sept fundraiser. Read more

Partners Across Pacific... Warrenton MS, CRMM, and NYK follow Nate the Great. Read more

My STEM Story... 12/7/21 - OIMB near peer mentors inspire students. Read more

NYK Assists Miniboat Program... 11/18/21 - Global business helps CRMM. Read more

SWOCC Receives Grant...  10/7/21 - Funds to support CTE building renovations. Read more

Blue Economy...9/13/21 - South coast transitions from extraction to sustainability. Read more

Siletz Tribe Supports STEM...8/25/21- At-sea student experiences. Read more

Zonta Club Hosts Camp...8/21/21 - Teaching trades to girls. Read more

OCCC to Fill its Beakers....6/30/21 - Siletz Tribal grant provides funds. Read more

Bioblitz in June...6/17/21 - Learn and participate. Read more

South Slough Reserve... 6/6/21 - Contributes $6.1M to coastal economy. Read more

PacWave Energy Testing...6/2/21 - Construction of facility begins. Read more

HMSC Marine Science Day...4/8/21 - Free virtual event for all. Read more

ReMake Learning Days...3/19/21 - National event joins STEM Week Oregon. Read more

Future Ready Students... 2/26/21 - Crestview Heights explore STEM. Read more

Tillamook Bay CC in 2020... 1/12/21 - STEM achievements in review. Read more

Researchers seek pictures...10/31/20 - Oregon King Tide photo project. Read more

Mini-boats in schools... 9/2/20 - with Columbia River Maritime Museum. Read more

Kids Bugging You?... 8/25/20 - STEM Hub supports coastal libraries. Read more

Libraries distribute STEM kits... 8/19/20 - 800 free kits in Lincoln County. Read more

Intel grants awarded... 8/14/20 - Siuslaw and Reedsport schools benefit. Read more

Tillamook HS wins awards.... 6/12/20 - Oregon Envirothon competition. Read more

Science education... 5/5/20 - Everblue provides free resources. Read more

TBCC adds degree... 5/2/20 - Healthcare administration. Read more

PPE 101...4/17/20 - Oregon Students and Teachers make PPE. Read more

Newport grad offers... 4/1/20 - Nate Ball hosts STEM events online. Read more

Helping out in 3D... 3/26/20 - School 3D printers make PPE. Read more

Bringing science into homes... 3/26/20 - STEM Hub and HMSC resources. Read more

STEM Has No Limits... 3/16/20 - Kindergartners explore physics. Read more

Ready, Set, Go... 3/9/20 - Warrenton MS Rubik's Cube team. Read more

Georgia Pacific Donates... 2/26/20 - $25,000 for STEM. Read more

Oregon Youth... 2/6/20 - Students declare climate emergency. Read more

Waldport Library... 2/5/20- S.T.E.A.M. fair attracts youth of all ages. Read more

Keeping Tabs on Water Quality 1/26/20 - Surfrider works with Neighbors4Kids. Read more

Millicoma School Robotics 1/23/20 - LEGO Robotics team competed in Hillsboro. Read more

New Approach to Math... 1/22/20 - Astoria HS uses tests as a learning tool. Read more

5th Graders Build a Boat...1/13/20 - Mini-boats connect schools in Oregon and Japan. Read more

Careers Without College 1/1/20 - Central Lincoln PUD highlights apprentice program. Read more

New Welding Program...12/9/19 - Mulee Scholarship funds student welders. Read more

Robotics, LEGO Combine... 12/6/9 - Siuslaw students compete in LEGO challenge. Read more

SWOCC Students Translate Guides... 12/6/19 - Charleston Marine Life Center. Read more

Teachers Gather... 10/15/19 - Aquarium hosts Coastal Learning Conference. Read more

Inspire a Future Scientist! 10/9/19 - Science Coach Volunteer Training Oct 24. Read more

Environmental Science... 9/25/19 - New ES class at North Bend Middle School. Read more

NBHS Senior... 9/21/19 - North Bend student on the R/V Oceanus. Read more

Crusing Through School... 9/12/19 - Career Tech unmanned sailboat to launch. Read More

Coastal Students Learn... 9/10/19 - Shipboard STEM on the R/V Oceanus. Read more

Student Project Adds Solar... 8/17/19 - CCC students install panels at Warrenton HS. Read more

Junior Naturalists Explore.. 7/27/19 - Photos from a nature camp on the North Coast. Read more

The Practical Science... 7/23/19 - Bandon teacher finds relevance on research cruise. Read more

LC Students apply skills ... 7/23/19 - Students with drones help Port officials. Read the article

Science at Sea... 7/16/19 - Coastal high school teachers are on the R/V Atlantis. Read the article

Environmental, Employment... 6/24/19 - Clatsop Community College acquires new land. Read the article

College to Offer Welding... 6/19/19 - Announcing a new Oregon Coast Community College program. Read the article

Marshfield Students... 5/31/19 - High school Disaster Science students get CERT-ified. Read the article

Students Participate.. 5/23/19 - Clatsop County students in Oregon Game Project Challenge. Read the article

SWOCC Announces... 4/24/19 - Dr. Stephen Palumbi will speak May 17. Read the article

Local Teams Win... 4/23/19 - Clatsop County ROV teams performed well. Read the article

Learning to Grow...4/16/19 - 4th graders learn STEM skills by planting seeds. Read the article

Nerdy Nautili Takes Sixth...4/18/19 - Oregon Coast Aquarium high school team competed at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Read the article

Sam Case Students...4/4/19 - 5th graders go to Rise Above Plastics Day in Salem. Read the article

North Bend HS Student...4/3/19 - 11th grader wins spot to study in Greenland. Read the article

BHHS Robotics Advances... 4/2/19 - The Brookings-Harbor HS team is headed to Tacoma. Read the article

Tillamook HS Students Win Big... 3/10/19 - Five students competing at the Central Western Oregon Science Exposition will advance. Read the article

Challenge: Local students... 3/6/19 - Coast students test solar and wind energy devices at event. LincolnCityHomepage * News Guard

A STEM Sisterhood... 2/27/19 - After-school program empowers middle school girls in Coos Bay. Read the article

North Bend HS... 2/27/19 - Team wins 1st place in engineering design at the BPA Regional Science Bowl. Read the article

Aquarium Team Places First... 2/15/19 - Salmon Bowl champions are headed to Washington D.C. for the NOSB competition. Read the article * PDF

SWOCC Physics Professor... 2/7/19 - Dr. Aaron Coyner was selected to join NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors Program. Read the article

Millicoma Intermediate School... 1/17/19 - Robotics team goes to state championship. Read the article

Robotics Club Headed for State... 1/11/19 - Toledo Elementary students are competing in FIRST LEGO Robotics. Read the article [PDF]

Broadway MS students advance... 12/3/18 - Team competes in Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow. Read the article

North Bend's Robotics Competition Makes a Splash 12/3/18 - Students compete with underwater robots in a SeaPerch competition. Read the article

Oregon Students Get Up Close and Personal... 11/7/18 - OIMB students explore intertidal communities at Cape Arago. Read the article

Miniboat Program at Gearhart Elementary School - 10/25/18 - Students build and launch an unmanned sailboat. Read the article

Ocean Research and Cruise Part of Lesson Plan - 9/21/18 - A Warrenton student and teacher learn aboard the R/V Oceanus. Read the article

Students Spend Four Days at Sea - 9/19/18 - Students and teachers learn about the R/V Oceanus. Read the article

Oregon Coast STEM Hub Names New Director

  • July 11, 2018 - Meet Dr. Lisa Blank, the OCSH's new Director. She will be joining the Hub in mid August, and STEM Hub partner Oregon Sea Grant shares the news on its blog, Breaking WavesRead the blog
  • August 7, 2018 - A story about the new OCSH's new Director appeared in the Newport News Times. Read the article

Clatsop Community College Hopes to Catch Maritime Workforce Wave
July 11, 2018 - The Daily Astorian reports that CCC is positioned to train the next generation of seafarers through an expansion and modernization of its maritime sciences program. Read the article

Students Help with Projects at Sea
June 13, 2018 - OregonCoastDailyNews describes a series of student research cruises offered by Oregon Coast STEM Hub that bring students out to sea on the OSU research vessel Pacific Storm. The article links to a longer story on the STEM Hub blog and a description of an upcoming at sea opportunity for students. Read the article 

Mattson Makes Mark in Microbiology at International Science & Engineering Fair, Places 4th in World - by Laura Swanson
May 26, 2018 - Tillamook High School senior Anna Mattson won 4th place award at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania for her microbiology presentation about Olympic oysters. The Tillamook County Pioneer covers the story. Read the article

Mayfly Festival Returns to Mingus Park May 19th 
May 17, 2018 -   This free, family-friendly event presented by the Coos Watershed Association is designed to educate the public on the importance of various natural ecosystems and the connections between the environment and the community. Read the article

Warrenton Students Score Big in Underwater Robotics Contest 
May 11, 2018 - Student teams from Warrenton won first and second place in the novice ROV competition class at the annual Oregion Regional MATE ROV Competition. Read the article

Students Learning to Protect Natural Habitats Along Columbia River - by Devon Haskins
May 1, 2018 - KGW8 News featured 4th graders from Lewis and Clark Elementary. Students visited Coffenbury Lake with help from the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership to expand their learning about native and non-native plant species and to help clear out that pesky scotch-broom (non-native) to make room for our native plants to thrive. The students used materials borrowed from the STEM Hub Resource Trailer. - Link to story

Students Learn How to Conduct Research Aboard OSU Ship - by Tiffany Woods
April 17, 2018  - With funding from Oregon Sea Grant, students on the Oregon coast are able to participate in daylong research cruises onboard Oregon State University's 84-foot vessel Pacific Storm. Read the article

Cracking the Code - by Joan Brown
April 11, 2018 - The News Times describes how a new computer coding class at Newport High School is helping to prepare coastal students to be part of a high tech workforce. - Link to article * [pdf]

Boat-A-Lahti Heads to Sea - by Edward Stratton
February 27, 2018 - Students at Hilda Lahti Elementary School in Knappa School District built a 5 foot unmanned sailing vessel which was launched by community partners in the Pacific Ocean. Find out where the boat went in this Daily Astorian article. - Read the article * Visit the boat tracking website

Astoria High School student teams compete in Salmon Bowl
February 16, 2018 - Astoria High School's marine biology team placed second at the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl known as "Salmon Bowl". Read the article

North Bend High School Science Teams Compete in Regional Tournament - by Jillian Ward
February 15, 2018 - The World Link describes how two teams from North Bend High School nearly made it to the finals of the Bonneville Tower Association Science Bowl Competition. - Read the article

Aquarium Youth Team Place First at Salmon Bowl
February 8, 2018 - The youth volunteer team from the Oregon Coast Aquarium won the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition known as "Salmon Bowl". They will head to Boulder, CO in April to compete at the national event. - Read the article

Drone Project Takes Off - by Joan Brown
December 13, 2017 - The News Times describes how Career Tech High School's Drone Academy is thriving and growing. Link to article * [pdf]

Warrenton Schools Secure State Grant for Tech Center - by Edward Stratton
December 6, 2017 - Josh Jannusch of Warrenton-Hammond School District, applied for and received a grant to his district that will kick-start the construction of a center at Warrenton High School offering students automotive, welding and other technology programs. Josh is also the North Coast Coordinator for the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Read the article

Oregon Expands Career Readiness with $10.3 million investment in hands-on learning for 101 schools
December 4, 2017  - The Oregon Department of Education and Bureau of Labor and Industries awarded $10.3 million in career readiness grant funds to Oregon schools, including proposals from Warrenton-Hammond School District, Lincoln County School District, and Lincoln City Career Tech High School. Read the press release

Kids Study Underwater Volcanoes
November 30, 2017 - The Oregoncoastdailynews describes how the Oregon Coast STEM Hub is recruiting grade 5-12 classrooms from the coast to participate in a Ship to Shore Classroom live connection with researchers who are on board the R/V Falkor studying undersea volcanoes. Read the article

Students Still Learning Over Turkey Week Break
November 30, 2017 - The Oregon Coast STEM Hub participated in the Thanksgiving Enrichment program at Taft 7-12 High School in Lincoln City, sharing the straw rocket launcher from the OCSH resource trailer. Read the article

Exploration and Discovery - By Mark Brennan
October 14, 2017 - The Siuslaw News describes how a third grade class from Florence is learning about the ocean and coast by connecting with community and exploring outdoors. Partners include Siuslaw Elementary, OCEP, ODFW STEP, OSG (Finding the Hook), Marine Discovery Tours, Port of Siuslaw and more! Read the article

Knappa Students Build Miniature Boats in Exchange with Japan - By Edward Stratton
October 9, 2017 - A new Educational Passages program operated through Columbia River Maritime Museum helps students build and launch unmanned sailboats in partnership with classrooms in Japan. Two 3rd grade classes from Hilda Lahti School in Knappa built a boat that will be launched this December. The Daily Astorian reports: Read the article * Boat page

Marshfield High School's Manufacturing Class Creates Professionals - By Jillian Ward
September 25, 2017 - The World Link describes how Coos Bay students can earn certificates before graduation to land them in high paying jobs. Read the article

Girls Who Code Puts New Clubs on the Schedule - September 20, 2017 - The World Link announces that the Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board is adding new "Girls Who Code" clubs for grades 6 through 12 in the Coos Bay area. Groups begin September 26 on Tuesdays or Thursdays in Coos Bay, Bandon, Gold Beach and Roseburg. - Read the article

Shipwreck Searchers Scan Oswald West for Beeswax - September 15, 2017- What does the Clatsop Community College ROV team do with their robot when they are not competing in MATE competitions? Why, they use it to look for a 17th century Spanish galleon shipwreck off the Oregon coast! - Read the Daily Astorian article
Sept 24 - Reprinted in US News & World Report

Astoria High School Aiming to Launch Robotics Team - by Edward Stratton - September 14, 2017 - The Daily Astorian reports that a new Astoria HS robotics team is seeking student members, adult mentors and funds so they can compete in this year's FIRST Robotics tournament. Read the article

Beneath the Flats - September 12, 2017 - High school students attending the OMSI Coastal Documentary Explorers camp in Newport made a video about students and researchers who study mud shrimp. - Watch the video

SOAR Project at Oregon Coast Community College - September 7, 2017 - Four OCCC students launched four balloons to measure atmospheric conditions on the day of the Great American Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017. Watch their 8 minute video of the project, and read their field reports.

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

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 SeaglidersApril 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

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