By Kiera Morgan
Last year, the Oregon Coast STEM Hub asked teachers and informal educators what materials they needed to make STEM learning meaningful and successful for their students. One common response from educators was that they needed access to more STEM materials. So the Oregon Coast STEM hub invested about $80,000 and purchased three trailers and stocked them full of materials that coastal teachers identified that they needed.
The trailers include items such as rain boots, microscopes, scales, magnet kits, ROV kits and more. According to Tracy Crews STEM Hub project manager the trailers have everything the teachers might need in the classroom or out in the field helping with community projects. “Teachers whether they are in the classroom or afterschool program can check out this equipment so that anything they might need to help support their activities is available to them.”
There are three trailers one housed on the North Coast in Warrenton, one on the south coast in Coos Bay and one in Newport to serve Lincoln County students. This way educators in each of the Hub areas will have access to them. Teachers just need to go to the online checkout system, which Crews said is now up and running and they will be able to view the inventory and arrange to borrow materials for up to 2 weeks. Crews said these trailers provide the equipment needed for projects that is free to the teachers without them worrying about storing materials.
Photos from Oregon Coast Stem Hub website.