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Come Aboard the R/V Oceanus

The Oregon State University research vessel Oceanus will be in Portland next month and offering the following opportunities for educators and students:

Educator Open House
Thursday, Sept 27, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Teachers, come aboard the R/V Oceanus to learn about ocean research and science, technology, engineering and mathematics at sea through interactions with scientists and the ship’s crew. The event will include a tour of the ship, dinner in the galley, and STEM presentations. The link to register for the Educator Open House is and preregistration is required. Download a flyer

Student Tours of the R/V Oceanus
Portland area teachers of students grade 4 and up: Request to bring your students on a free, one hour ship tour on the R/V Oceanus. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Request a Student Ship Tour at

  • Thursday, Sept 27 11am, 1pm, or 2pm
  • Friday, Sept 28 – 10am, 11am or 1pm

Questions? Contact

New STEM Hub Director

July 2018 introduction from Shelby Walker, Chair of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub Leadership Council:

"I am delighted to announce that Dr. Lisa Blank will be joining the Oregon Coast STEM Hub as its new director starting this August. Lisa is an experienced STEM Professor with a demonstrated history of building strategic partnerships across PK-20 education, STEM industries, informal STEM organizations, and higher education. She began her professional career as an environmental scientist mitigating Superfund sites. In her role as citizen liaison, she quickly learned that information is only useful if one understands the data. This led to a career teaching middle and high school science and later a Ph.D. in Science Education at Indiana University. Over the next 20 years, she held academic positions at SUNY-Cortland and the University of Montana where she focused on building and supporting STEM-positive communities. Her most recent collaboration provides computer science curriculum, industry internships, and professional development for students and teachers across Montana in partnership with Montana State University, Montana-Tech, and Salish-Kootenai College. Lisa Blank loves making connections between people and ideas and systems and is excited to serve in her new position as a partner and resource in advancing STEM opportunities throughout coastal Oregon.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa!"


Check out these videos of recent STEM events on the coast.

Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge

Oregon Underwater Robotics Competition

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Listen, Watch and Share: STEM PSAs

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PSA for all - Listen PSA - 21st century needs - Watch
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PSA for girls - Listen PSA - PD and industry partners - Watch
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In the News

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]

Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge 2018 - by Aaron Barker
March 8, 2018 - A Fulbright-Marine Institute student at Oregon State University described on his blog his experience volunteering as a judge for a STEM competition - Read the blog

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.

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