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 Curry County, 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
Check out materials for up to 2 weeks. This trailer is currently located in Brookings.
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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.. Apply in the Spring to borrow robots the following school year. More information
Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria has a variety of Traveling Trunks available for a two week check out by educators. Topics include "Lines, Helms and Deadeyes: Maritime Simple Machines", "Pacitifc Northwest Weather", and more. The cost is $20 within Clatsop County, and $30 for a class outside Clatsop County. More information
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership has 15 water education study kits that compliment the Children's Clean Water Festival. 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.
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 Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365, 541-867-4550.
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.