Welcome Teachers!

Teacher PD April 2016The Oregon Coast STEM Hub website contains resources that will help you bring meaningful STEM education into your classrooms.  Learn about STEM Professional Development opportunities, access STEM curriculum and materials, and share STEM success stories."

Here's what teachers are saying about the activities sponsored by the Oregon Coast STEM Hub:

"Taking the Picture Perfect STEM course helped me alot to understand the NGSS, how to incorporate the 5 E’s into a lesson, and how easy it is to include literacy in STEM. I see myself including other teachers in my school on how great Picture Perfect is and help them to implement it into their classrooms with the end goal of having more teachers teaching STEM."

-From a teacher participant in the Picture Perfect Professional Development. Fall 2018

"This program is going to add more authenticity in my curriculum and a great way to show my students how they can apply what they learned to real world situations and jobs."

-From a teacher participant in the Picture Perfect Professional Development. Fall 2018

"One of the most valuable things I learned from this course was how easy it is to incorporate picture books into science and how these fiction and nonfiction books complement the content so well.  My students were so engaged with the books, and they were a great tool in teaching the science concepts. . . I centered my professional goal this year around the Picture Perfect Science Online Class and using picture books/lessons with my kids.  I'm excited to try out more lessons this year.  The next lesson we'll be doing is the Force/Motion Lesson, and I can't wait!"

-From a teacher participant in the Picture Perfect Professional Development. Fall 2018

"I just wanted to thank the Oregon Coast STEM Hub for this funding. This will really help our program support our students and that means the world to us."

- From a community college leader who brought high school students from three coastal school districts to a STEM Career Day event. 3/12/15

"Thank you for supporting our high needs students who do not always have the same access to these activities!!"

- From a SPED high school teacher who brought students to the Oregon Hatchery Research Center to practice job skills.  4/23/15

"I want to send a big Thank You to you both as well as to all of your volunteers for a great day yesterday. This is one of the best most affordable STEM projects of its kind and the skills that students learn throughout the entire process, from the design phase to the competition, are unmatched. I know it is a huge effort to put this on for all of Oregon and it is appreciated."

- From a teacher who brought a team to the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition in North Bend.  4/26/15

Picture Perfect Science testimonial"It was so wonderful to work with all of you to put together this great event.  Seeing park rangers and scientists there, looking at our students' posters, made the event even more meaningful for the students."

"I felt it was a great opportunity for my kids to feel like a college student (the "lecture hall"), a researcher (sharing their work), and a member of something bigger in our community."

-From teachers whose 5th and 6th graders presented at a student STEMposium at Hatfield Marine Science Center.  5/13/15

"Thank you Oregon Coast STEM Hub for providing such an amazing learning experience for our students. This project brought the community into our school and caught the imagination of all the students who saw it, not just the seventh graders who built it. I am proud to be associated with Sunset School and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub."

-From a teacher reflecting on the unmanned boat building experience in Coos Bay.  5/23/15






Teacher Needs Assessment Survey

A significant focus of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub will be coordinating STEM educator professional development (PD), and we need input from teachers in all Oregon coast school districts to ensure we focus on what is needed in the various regions.  In June 2014, coastal teachers were invited to take a short online survey.

Survey Response Highlights

Of the 311 teachers who responded,

  • 55% do not hold a degree in the STEM subjects that they teach
  • 41% reported that they do not have adequate access to PD in Science, and
  • 52% reported that they do not have adequate access to PD in Technology or Engineering


Top preferred formats for PD:

  1. During the school day with release time
  2. Through collaborative study groups
  3. Multiple days during the summer
  4. After school / evening days in person


Top-ranked considerations for choosing PD:

  1. Obtaining new ideas and/or resources to use with students
  2. Funds or materials to support classroom activities
  3. Opportunity to interact with colleagues


More than half of respondents expressed interest in the following PD topics:

  1. Deepening content knowledge
  2. Designing and implementing Project Based Learning
  3. Integrating technology
  4. Effective STEM teaching strategies
  5. Addressing CCSS through STEM
  6. STEM curriculum resources


Other top-rated needs:

  1. Programs for students in the classroom
  2. STEM curriculum tied to CCSS and NGSS
  3. Technology
  4. Field programs near school
  5. Field equipment


Top-rated needs from this website:

  1. STEM lesson plans
  2. STEM PD information
  3. Funding opportunities
  4. Community partners' information
  5. Information on STEM student opportunities


Download a summary of survey results here. Responses are shown in both table format and chart format, so occasionally when text is cut off in one of these formats, you can figure out what the question was by looking at the other format.