Lincoln County School District receives $664,000 Grant to Expand Student Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in the classroom and on field trips.
Lincoln County School District has been awarded a $664,000 state grant to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education from kindergarten through community college along the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Department of Education announced on Feb. 25.
LCSD, along with Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program, Tillamook School District, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, will lead one of six regional STEM Hubs across Oregon. The STEM Hubs will foster 21st Century STEM career skills and provide for student populations that have historically been under served and under represented throughout the state. The new Oregon Coast Regional STEM Hub will ensure that coastal schools and educators have the tools and support necessary to deliver world-class STEM instruction to rural students.
“This is awesome news. What a great acknowledgment of the work all the partners have been doing over the last five years,” says LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson.
The grant will help expand the Oregon Coast Regional STEM Center serving coastal schools from Astoria to Coos Bay, and involves more than 40 organizations including OSU, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Near Space Corporation, Georgia-Pacific, Central Oregon Coast National Organization for Women, and the Marine Technology Society–Oregon Chapter. The new hub will be centered in space provided by OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
“Literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics holds tremendous opportunity for our students,” said Oregon Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden. “This is especially true for students from communities of color.”
Besides Newport, the other five regional STEM hubs are:
* Central Oregon STEM Hub, led by the High Desert Museum serving Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
* GO STEM Collaborative led by Eastern Oregon University serving Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties.
* Portland Metro STEM Center led by Portland State University, serving Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro and Forest Grove school districts.
* South Metro Salem STEM Partnership led by Oregon Tech serving Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Washington and Polk counties.
* Umpqua Valley Regional STEAM Hub led by Umpqua Community College serving Douglas County.
For more information, contact Tracy Crews, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruth McDonald, LCSD Community Curriculum Resource Liaison, at email@example.com.