February 2019 e-Blast

Oregon STEM Hubs Need Your Help!

The Oregon Department of Education is interested in evaluating the impact of STEM Hubs across the state. Oregon Coast partners, please take this 15 minute SURVEY to describe your interactions with the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Your feedback will help ODE and the state legislature determine the importance and value of STEM Hubs moving forward, and your perspective is important! This survey is open to all our partners, including teachers, representatives from business, non-profits, government agencies, and anyone else from our region who has worked with our STEM Hub. We would like to have the surveys completed by March 4th, so if you have time right now... CLICK HERE so you don't forget!

A Message from the STEM Hub Director

Lisa Blank, Director. Photo: Oregon Sea Grant
Next week is Engineers Week! A big thank you to engineers for our cell phones, the Internet, microwave ovens, GPS, 3D printers. . . Have you ever wondered how something works? Been distracted enough to take a second look? Engineering careers begin with curiosity about our world. If you want to get involved in bringing engineering to life, this e-Blast provides links to several opportunities, from serving as a judge or mentor to speaking to a class about your work. Here's to the daydreamers, the distracted, the intrigued – to the engineer in every one of us.
Lisa Blank
Director, Oregon Coast STEM Hub

Upcoming Events

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
sand dollar - Oregon Sea Grant
Sharing the Coast - March 8-10
Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators will host this year's annual conference at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Speakers, panels, and field trips will be focused on coastal science and natural history. Registration is open to the public, as presentations will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about the coast.  Learn more
SWOCC Geology Lecture - March 16
Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak from Idaho State University will present "SUBSEA: Robotic submarines, underwater volcanoes, and the search for extraterrestrial life" 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

Volunteers Needed

There are several events coming up this spring where STEM professionals can share their expertise, enthusiasm, and STEM career with K-12 students in our Hub. Opportunities vary by topic, audience age, dates, and time commitments, so there is something for everyone! Coming up soon:

Opportunities for Students

Marine organism. Photo: CMLC
Charleston Marine Life Center
Spring Break Program
High school junior and seniors are invited to apply to the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology's Charleston Marine Life Center to engage in hands on marine science exploration for a 5-day session March 25-29. Visit the STEM Hub website to learn more.
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. Visit the STEM Hub website to learn more.
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
New $10,000 annually renewable college scholarships will be awarded to individuals studying engineering or computer science who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Apply by March 12, 2019. Learn more
Find more scholarship and internship opportunities for students on the STEM Hub website
The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is offering two grants this year. One is for programmatic support for groups that deliver watershed and fisheries based professional development for teachers. The other is a participation and materials grant for educators (waders, macro invert kits, dissecting scopes, etc.). Visit for more information.
Apply by February 25, 2019.

Professional Development

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
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. The Spring course starts Apr 3.
Register * 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 in Toledo. For more information and to RSVP, contact
Archives of this and other Oregon Coast STEM Hub newsletters can be found on our website:

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Oregon Coast STEM Hub
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365

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