2019 Community Innovation Grants

The Northwest STEM Hub is excited to announce the recipients of the of the 2019 Community Innovation grants. NW STEM has invested $34,000 from both Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Community Foundation grant funds into P-20 projects throughout Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties that embrace equity, economic prosperity, innovation, and partnerships. The following projects have been funded for 2019:


1.       Laptops for Lego Robotics and Neah-kah-nie Makerspace- Neah-kah-nie Middle and High Schools will be purchasing laptops for their robotics club and equipment, materials and storage for their growing makerspace and programs. The Makerspace Robotics Lab at NKN will be a space where rapid prototyping will become a reality for NKN students.


2.       Tillamook Head Start and Tillamook Early Learning Center Outdoor Learning Environment- Tillamook Head Start and Tillamook Early Learning Center will be funding the renovation of the outdoor learning environment to be based on STEM principles and the natural environment in collaboration with other community partners.


3.       Clatsop County AERO Aerospace and Electricity 4-H Club- The 4-H AERO club combines the science and technology of aerospace engineering as well as that of electricity as a compelling set of topics to excite and engage children in the Clatsop County community. The AERO Club will be purchasing electronics, rockets, and slot car kits for their club members.


4.       Robotics, Coding, and Simple Machines for ALL- Warrenton Grade School will be using the funding to purchase various robotics and tech equipment and materials for a group of WGS middle school students will learn how to program simple robots (Sphero’s and RVR) and then teach the K-8 students in the consortium classrooms. The classroom "buddies"  will meet with us once a week for the entire school year. During these sessions students will use appropriate grade level techniques to teach students who have limited language skills, limited mobility, and developmentally delayed students to control robotic devices.


5.       Equipping Loggerbots FRC Team Space- The FRC Team at Vernonia School District is working on building a new team space with access to the metal shop. This will allow the FRC team to have a more equitable environment to build our robot for competition for our small, rural team. This new space will increase capacity and will allow the students to design more innovative robots and learn critical metal working skills. The grant funding will purchase furnishings for FRC team space including worktables, workbenches, cabinets, lockers, and safety google cabinet.


6.       Oceans, Bays, and Watersheds- TELC Summer Pre-School Programs- The Tillamook Early Learning Center will fund scholarships for 10 students along with curriculum, supplies and staff. Each week during the summer, we plan to partner with a different community organization, like Friends of Netarts Bay who will bring their expertise to our students.


7.       STEAM Learning Kits- The Scappoose Library plans to create “STEAM Learning Kits” that cover many aspects of learning including: biology, electronics, art and math. Learning activities will be reinforced with subject books and material. Kits will be available both to check out for in-library use and to take home for independent learning.


8.       Foraging Pathways to STEM Careers- Nestucca High School, in collaboration with Tillamook Bay Community College will focus on developing a crosswalk of learning outcomes between K12 and higher education courses, develop shared curriculum, and determine safe equipment and materials for varying age groups, develop common assessments and activities, and to ultimately use this information to offer this same courses at all three local high schools and the community college.


9.       Bringing Project Based Learning to Warrenton Schools- The Project Based Learning is an innovative and different option for teacher's to utilize in their classrooms, with an emphasis on STE(A)M activities and the current STE(A)M resources.  The proposal will provide professional development and Makerspace supplies for PBL applications.


10.   Drones at TBCC- TBCC is working with community partners to develop a program for Drone use in Tillamook County. TBCC has developed a Part 107 Remote Pilot License class and wants to increase Drone offering in the College's Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, which include, Agriculture, Natural resources, Criminal Justice, and Manufacturing Technology and will use these funds to purchase the drones.


11.   Tillamook HS CNC- The Tillamook FFA Chapter, our agriculturally-based student leadership organization, will raise additional funds to complete the purchase of an Arc Pro 4800X 4 foot by 4 foot CNC System so we are requesting a full $3,000 grant.

Bianca Valvezan