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Oregon Coast Regional STEM Hub


The new Oregon Coast STEM Hub serves coastal teachers, students and communities, and involves more than 40 organizations. Centered at OSU's HMSC in Newport, the Hub includes coastal school districts and partners from Astoria to Brookings, and its vision is to provide world-class STEM opportunities for rural students and teachers in our region.

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Exploring STEM in the tidepoolsWHY DO WE EXPLORE?

November 15, 2014
OMSI in Portland, OR

Offered by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, this opportunity for educators of grades 5-12 will focus on Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, featuring lessons related to Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. This is Part One of a two-part professional development series, and those who attend both parts receive a $100 stipend. See the flyer for more information and to register.

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We strive to make our programs effective and to meet the needs of the students and teachers we serve. When teachers let us know how we are doing, we can address problems, try new suggestions, and strengthen what works.

Are you a teacher who recently brought students to HMSC for a Marine Education class? If you didn't get a chance to fill out an evaluation form during your visit and would like to give us feedback, please fill out this online fillable form, and snail mail (or if your computer can save the data, email) it to us at the address listed at the bottom of the form. Thank you!




For Science Educators 6th – 12th grade:

  • Charleston, Oregon - August 13th – 15th, 2014

Learn more and register for OCEP summer workshops focusing on coast experiences on the NAME News and Events website: http://www.pacname.org/news.shtml

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Teachers investigate albatross bolus during workshop


Spring 2014

Oregon State University staff, with partners in the Oregon Coast Regional STEM Center, received funding from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program to leverage existing partnerships to develop an integrated STEAMSS curriculum that educates 4th through 12th grade students about the causes and impacts of marine debris and empowers them to make a difference in their communities. Educators, resource managers, and researchers from a number of organizations helped developed an integrated curriculum and workshop which is being piloted by 24 Oregon Coast teachers before being shared nationwide. The curriculum focuses on the connectivity of all watersheds to the ocean, and students will gain a greater understanding of the origins and distribution of marine debris as they participate in activities such as designing, launching, and tracking biodegradable drifters, and the collection and analysis of debris from schoolyards to beaches. Download the poster describing this project




Borrow a C-MORE Educational Kit

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, HMSC Marine Education now has kits available from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) for teachers to check out for use in Oregon classrooms.  To request a kit for pick up at HMSC, follow the link associated with the kit description.  C-MORE kits may be checked out one at a time for up to two weeks.


Grades 8 - 12
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Grades 3 - 8
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Grades 6 - 12
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Grades 8 - 12 for Lessons 1&2
Grades 10-12 for Lessons 3&4
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Grades 3-12 for Lessons 1,2&3
Grades 6 - 12 for Lesson 4
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Download these printable resources (in .pdf format) for use in your classroom and while visiting the HMSC:

  • Visitor Center Activity Guides - Students can use these self-guided worksheets to help them explore the HMSC Visitor Center.
  • Quests - Both indoor and outdoor clue-directed hunts are available at the HMSC Visitor Center.  Download tips for Questing with school groups.
  • Marine Bioinvasions Lab - Learn about the invasion happening in the Yaquina Bay Estuary and learn how to sample a report data on shimp specis, size, sex, and parasites!



OCEP - The Oregon Coast Education Program provides coastal education modules with resources that help Oregon teachers provide meaningful watershed and coastal experiences for their students. The OCEP modules are housed on the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) website.

StreamWebs - This dynamic online platform from OSU Extension provides students and teachers with open-source, web-based tools for watershed data management, analysis, and networking. Classrooms from all over the state post and share their field data here. NEW: Educator Kits available for check out!

Wave Energy Engineering Curriculum - In this lesson designed for grades 4-12, students build and test their own model wave energy devices.  Wave Energy kits are available for check out from HMSC; e-mail for details.  See also: A Primer on Wave Energy from Oregon Sea Grant, and the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NMMREC) website for local information about current developments in wave energy testing.

WISE - The Watershed and Invasive Species Education program is dedicated to helping teachers learn about emerging watershed issues, which can be used as tools to engage students in science learning and community action.


Web sites containing curricula, lesson plans, real-time data and other resources for marine science education:

Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education K-12 Resource Center - A collection of K-12 resources for marine science education on-line, including lesson plans and links to resource providers, professional development and grant opportunities. Resources are organized into topic areas and grade levels.

CIESE - The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet.

COSEE - Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence is a nationwide network of ocean science research institutions, informal science education organizations, and formal education entities, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The Best of COSEE Hands-On Acitivities can be found by subject, grade level, or Ocean Literacy Principle from the top menu.

Estuaries 101 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) have collaborated to produce a site containing everything you ever wanted to know about estuaries, how they function and the creatures that live there. Lesson plans, animations, tutorials and games.  Includes an entire "Estuaries 101 Curriculum" and links to using real-time data from estuaries around the country.

NOAA Education Resources Page - Links to a variety of lesson plans, videos, and activities related to marine topics. Covers everything from tsunamis to coral reefs to fisheries. Make sure to check out the Office of Ocean Exploration & Research under the Education Programs tab for near real-time access to a series of multidisciplinary ocean explorations. It also provides compelling imagery, video, and topical essays related to the ocean, along with lesson plans, career information and puzzles.

USGS Education - Why is ocean water salty?  Explore the USGS Education Pages and learn the answer to this and other questions about water, erosion, earthquakes, tsunamis and much more. 

World Ocean Curriculum Catalogue -Looking for activities, lesson plans, science projects or marine species resources for the classroom? Let’s this be your one stop for what needs knowing about the world ocean. WORLD OCEAN Curriculum Catalog provides a comprehensive list of links to educational content, lesson plans, and educational activities for kindergarten through secondary programs.



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