Warrenton High School math teacher Dan Hansen participated in the STEM research cruise on board the R/VOceanus in September 2018. The 4-day cruise involved HS teachers, HS students and community college students from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub who worked and learned alongside graduate student and faculty researchers from Oregon State University. Following the cruise, Dan reflected:
"This experience was one of the most rewarding and impactful of my career. Looking at data is not the same thing as collecting it, and I've learned so much about what goes into obtaining marine data."
Coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge is an annual competition in which students show off devices they built that are powered by water, wind or light.
Typically, about 200 students enter devices in the competition, which is held at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The event promotes the development of skills in science, technology, engineering and math. The next Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge will be held March 31, 2020.
Oregon Sea Grant coordinates an annual underwater robotics competition that tests students' engineering and problem-solving skills and aims to prepare them for technical careers.
The event, known as the MATE Oregon Regional ROV Competition, is one of about 30 regional contests around the world in which students qualify for the annual international competition. This video is of the 2017 competition. The next MATE Oregon Regional ROV Competition will be held on April 18, 2020 at the same location in Lincoln City.