Oregon's Regional STEM Hubs are coming together to bring engaging, hands-on science and engineering learning ideas to K-6 educators across the state! Using simple, easy to find materials, each "Bite" can be done at home, in a classroom, or in a program space. Go to STEM Bites
Marine Educators in Oregon and around the nation are providing resources on their websites that will help families looking for marine science learning activities. Many of these resources are growing daily!
Looking for great science activities that you can do at home?
Families are relying on computer technology more than ever as children are learning from home. This is a good time to learn about computer science (CS).
Engineers define problems and design solutions, making iterations and adjustments as needed throughout the process. In your home and community, find opportunities to put engineering skills to use!
It's important to spend time outdoors, even if it's just in your back yard.
IMPORTANT: Please check with state and/or local officials for the latest information and regulations on outdoor activities in your community. Specific updates and details about the outbreak in Oregon can be found at https://coronavirus.oregon.gov
Engage in science as a family! Learners of all ages can pick a community science project that supports personal interests. The data you collect can contribute to answering research questions! If you're not sure where to start, consider making your first stop the Scistarter website at https://scistarter.org. A quick keyword search provides connections to a list of community science projects specific to your region and topic of interest.
Birds with Fish - What are coastal birds eating? This project engages and encourages experienced coastal nature photographers to participate by submitting photos of birds carrying fish in their bills or talons.
BudBurst - Watch a plant and report what you see. Scientists want to know when your plant experiences key life events such as leafing, flowering, and fruiting during its growing season. Perfect for spring!
COASST - Trained Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) members collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of bird mortality on north Pacific beaches. They also conduct marine debris surveys.
CoastWatch - This is a mile-by-mile beach adoption program where volunteers observe a mile of the beach and file a report with narrative and photos four times a year. Every mile is available for adoption, no matter if it’s already adopted. Mile adopters include schools, families, individuals and businesses. CoastWatch also leads interpretive walks and offers free training for citizen science projects.
CoCoRaHS - Collect and submit precipitation data to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network.
Fish Watchers - Share data on where and when you have seen or caught a fish. The data are used to monitor trends in biodiversity and fishing regulations.
iNaturalist - Upload photos of plants and animals you observe, add notes, and transmit the location, date and time of observation.
Marine Debris Tracker - Report where you find all types of marine debris and what you find.
Nurdle Patrol - Report where you find pre-production plastic pellets on the beach.
Wad Watcher - Report where you find plastic shotgun wads on the beach.
Oregon King Tide Photo Project - Every winter the Oregon Coast experiences sets of extreme high tides, known as "King Tides". Learn how to participate in the Oregon King Tide Photo Project by taking pictures of areas impacted by king tides and sharing your photos. These photos help guide sea level rise modeling and mapping, give meaning to data and charts, and educate others about how the Oregon coast is experiencing the impacts of climate change. As always, be sure to document these events from a safe distance.
Oregon Season Tracker - Upload photos of plants and animals you observe to help scientists at OSU's Andrews Forest and elsewhere fill gaps and expand their research.
WhalemAPP - Use GIS-based web tools to contribute observations for scientists studying and mapping human impact on marine mammals.
Zooniverse - Participate in research of all kinds, from classifying galaxies to counting penguins. Whatever your interest, there's a Zooniverse project for you.