January 2019 e-Blast

A Message from the STEM Hub Director

Lisa Blank, Director. Photo: Oregon Sea Grant
Happy New Year! What were your New Year’s resolutions? Marine debris has been on my mind of late. To that end, I challenged myself to stop using plastic wrap of any kind. Perhaps you committed yourself to new experiences? You will see below that the Oregon Coast STEM Hub is offering an array of professional development options in the coming months including Picture Perfect STEM and Culturally Responsive STEM Teaching. We are also holding a Twitter Chat focused on teaching about Marine Debris in the classroom. Please join us to learn more!
Lisa Blank
Director, Oregon Coast STEM Hub
Oregon Connections and Nepris logos. Photo: STEMOregon
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Find a STEM professional who can bring a topic to life through an in-person or virtual visit to your classroom! Oregon Connections is a web-based tool connecting educators and their students to industry professionals. The Oregon Coast STEM Hub has a limited number of licenses to share with teachers in our Hub. Apply * Flyer

Upcoming Events

Two Coos Bay students position their LEGO robot on the competition map. Photo: Coos Bay School DIstrict
FIRST LEGO Robotics events - Jan 19-20
Teams from Coos Bay and Toledo will be competing in the Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournaments on January 19 & 20 in Hillsboro. These events are free and open to the public. Congratulations, teams, and good luck! Learn more
Flooded coastal area and floating picnic tables. Photo: Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon King Tides - Jan 20-22
The next set of extreme high tides, or “King Tides,” will occur in Oregon this January 20 to 22. The Oregon King Tides Photo Initiative invites community members to take and share photos of the coastline taken during the king tide events. Images are used to document sea level rise over time and to inform coastal resilience planning. Learn more
Geology Lecture Series poster. Photo: SWOCC Geology Dept
SWOCC Geology Lecture - Jan 25
Dr. Lucy Jones from U.S.G.S. will present "The Big Ones: Preparing for increasing risk from natural disasters" at the next Southwestern Oregon Community College Geology Lecture. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public and take place on the SWOCC campus in Coos Bay. Learn more
2018 Oregon Coast Aquarium Salmon Bowl team. Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium
Salmon Bowl Competition - Feb 2
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl's regional competition ("Salmon Bowl") will be held in Corvallis. Teams of high school students will be demonstrating their knowledge of scientific and technical disciplines through quick answer buzzer questions and more complex, critical thinking team challenge questions. Learn more
2019 BPA Regional Science Bowl logo. Photo: BPA
BPA Science Bowl Competition - Feb 9
High school teams from Coos County will be competing in the BPA Regional Science Bowl, a fast-paced academic challenge that tests student knowledge in all aspects of science:  Math, geology, chemistry, physics, environmental science and more. Good luck, teams! Learn more
Three students pose with their model building materials. Photo: DiscoverE
Engineers Week - Feb 17 to 23
Engineers Week is a time to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, and bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents. More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference! What will you do to celebrate? Learn more
Students collect marine debris data on a beach. Photo: Oregon Sea Grant
STEM Twitter Chat
January 29 at 7pm
The next one hour Oregon Coast STEM Hub Twitter Chat will focus on the topic "Teaching about MARINE DEBRIS in the STEM Classroom".

To participate, you will need
1) a Twitter account, 2) a sense of adventure, and 3) this link:

Professional Development

Picture Perfect STEM book cover. Photo: NSTA

Picture Perfect STEM

5-week online courses on Weds 4-6pm
K-6 educators: Teach STEM and reading through picture books. Oregon Coast STEM Hub educators will be reimbursed for the full cost after successful completion of the course. Winter course starts Jan 30, Spring course starts Apr 3.
Register * Flyer
Femal student on a research vessel holding a fish. Photo: Oregon Sea Grant

Culturally Responsive STEM Teaching

February 9 in Newport and then online
In this Oregon Coast STEM Hub Community of Practice, we will collaboratively support one another in increasing dialogue and skills for equitable STEM Teaching on the Oregon Coast. Dr. Philip Bell from the University of Washington will present at the in-person kickoff on Feb 9. Monthly Thursday night meetings online will follow. Register * Flyer
Two women conducting field work outdoors. Photo: NERR

Climate Workshop - TOTE

February 15-17 in Charleston
Formal and informal educators: In this multi-day Teachers on the Estuary (TOT) training at South Slough Reserve, teachers will investigate the phenomenon of ocean acidification to explore causes and effects of changing climate on estuaries and oceans.
waitlist enabled
* Register * Flyer
Students walking in a coastal forest. Photo: Oregon Sea Grant

Outdoor School Educator Workshop

March 1 in Tillamook
Fifth and sixth grade teachers will learn methods and strategies to enhance and extend students’ Outdoor School experience in this free workshop. Project Learning Tree and Aquatic WILD will be featured resources. Register
Green Crab. Photo by Oregon Sea Grant

Green Crabs in Oregon

March 3 in North Bend
Learn about Green Crabs on the Oregon Coast, work with a local scientist, and create a lesson plan with your colleagues using the MBARI EARTH lesson template. Stipend included. Flyer
Teachers working with maps at a desk. Photo: C-GEO

GeoFest 2019

March 9 in Monmouth
In this Center for Geography Education in Oregon (C-GEO) conference, learn about the geo-inquiry process, National Geographic Explorer, story mapping, giant floor maps, Quests, and more. Register

Opportunities for Students

Marine organism. Photo: CMLC
Marine Life Exploration at CMLC
This engaging, free, hands-on program at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology's Charleston Marine Life Center is for high school students (16yo+) in Coos County who are interested in exploring marine science. Applications now being accepted. Download a Flyer 
Brazil located on a globe. Photo: Wikipedia
STEM-based Study Abroad
Study STEM abroad this summer! BP Global STEM Academies is accepting scholarship applications from high school students who have a demonstrated interest in STEM and making a global impact. Students will study in Brazil or Egypt in June/July 2019 Apply by February 28, 2019.
Learn more
Students walking outdoors in a polar region. Photo:
High School Students in Polar Regions
Apply to work in multicultural teams and explore polar science in some of Earth’s most remote environments, Greenland and Antarctica. All student expenses are covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Applications due January 31, 2019. Learn more at


Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge - March 5, 2019 in Newport
Coastal students are invited to build wind, solar, and wave energy devices and them bring them to Hatfield Marine Science Center to see which will produce the most energy. 
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Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition - April 20, 2019 in Lincoln City
Student teams build Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and conduct underwater missions around a real-world theme. The Full Competition Manuals are now available. Read More
Child in boots crouching down on the mud flat. Photo: Oregon Sea Grant

Half Price Days at HMSC - Jan and Feb
This January and February 2019, teachers from districts in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub can bring student groups to Hatfield Marine Science Center lab and field programs for half price. Preregistration required. Flyer

Visit the Oregon Coast STEM Hub
website to learn more about Our Story, discover Hub Happenings, hear Voices from our region, see a list of our partners and liaisons, and find out how YOU can get involved.
The next Oregon Coast STEM Hub Leadership Council meeting will be held
April 25th, location TBD. For more information and to RSVP, contact
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Oregon Coast STEM Hub
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365

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