STEM logoThe Oregon Coast STEM Hub serves coastal teachers, students and communities, and involves more than 40 organizations. Centered at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, the hub includes coastal school districts and partners throughout the coast, from Astoria to Port Orford.

Visit our webpage:  http://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/

Driving Need: Employment opportunities along the Oregon Coast have been growing in research, marine technology, sustainability of natural resources, and eco-tourism but students are not being adequately prepared for jobs in these fields.  There are few STEM internship programs, and limited professional development and student opportunities related to STEM.  Opportunities that do exist are often underutilized.  Student populations along the Oregon Coast tend to be economically disadvantaged, with growing populations of homeless and ELL students reported in many districts.

Vision: To provide world-class STEM opportunities for rural students and teachers in our region.

Primary Strategies:

  • Support, expand and replicate successful STEM professional development for teachers along the Oregon Coast that focus on STEM integration and Project-Based Learning.
  • Increase researcher and industry mentor involvement in workshops, career days, classroom activities, and student design challenges.
  • Create a network of mentor teachers to help support STEM efforts locally.


Oregon Coast STEM Hub Backbone and Contacts:


Project Manager
Tracy Crews, OSU/Oregon Sea Grant

Communications Coordinator
Cait Goodwin, OSU/Oregon Sea Grant

Resource Liaison
Ruth McDonald, Lincoln County School District

Professional Development Facilitators
Clair Thomas, Tillamook School District

Rachael Bashor, Oregon Coast Aquarium

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