Access To STEM Education Materials

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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 Gold Beach, Coos Bay, Newport and Warrenton. In-school and out-of-school preK-14 educators from 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. Please allow two days for your registration to be processed. For more information, contact [email protected]

October 2020: We are slowly starting to once again offer materials for checkout. Thank you for your patience as we work with our new checkout systems!

Clatsop Trailer

Check out materials for up to 2 weeks.  Pick up and return materials in Warrenton.

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Lincoln Trailer

Check out materials for up to 2 weeks.  Pick up and return materials in Newport, or they can be shipped via the LCSD courier.

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Coos Trailer

Check out materials for up to 2 weeks.  Pick up and return materials in Coos Bay.

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Curry Trailer

Check out materials for up to 2 weeks. Pick up and return materials in Gold Beach.

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Other Lending Materials Available:

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Mini-PCR in a Box loans - Genes in Space offers a 2 week loan of a miniPCR equipment kit to teach DNA science in your classroom. For programs serving USA middle and high school students ONLY. Until May 15, 2020 they are accepting requests for Lab in a Box loans for the 2020-21 school year. The kit is free but you pay a $100 shipping fee.  More information

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.

 

Kits for Purchase:

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.

The Watershed Game - Order a classroom kit from Minnesota Sea Grant for $75. Read more about the game at https://watershedgame.umn.edu/ and order your own. Download the parts of the game at no cost!