Greater Oregon STEM Mission
A regional partnership cultivating a community that values STEM learning, prepares youth for successful STEM careers, and builds pathways and pipelines to meet workforce needs.

Realize regional prosperity through a thriving STEM workforce and career‐ready rural youth.











  • June 17 – June 22, 2018Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute, is now accepting applications from regional high school students and teachers to attend the week-long residential field studies program held June 17-22, 2018 at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. CCSI began in 2015 as a collaborative project with partners from Oregon State Parks, Greater Eastern Regional Solutions and Eastern Oregon University. Beginning this year, EOU has taken a lead role in coordinating the program. Check out the website (eou.edu/cottonwood-crossing) to learn more about the projects that will take place this year and to access the application portal. Please forward this opportunity to any students or teachers who would be interested
  • June 18-22: MedQuest Camp
  • June 25-28: Inviting Students • Entering Grade 8 through High School to explore..A Two-Dimensional Plotter Model: Solder a battery power supply; Test Motors: Test DC motors for torque/determine operational voltage. Read current draw; Build an Arduino-controlled simple plotter model. Speed Control: How to use a transistor to control a motor Timer Circuits: Using the 555
Resistance/Capacitance: Dynamic impact of R/C on 555 pulse Ohmmeter: Measuring resistance Counting/Decoding circuits: 4017 CMOS Counter/Driver. Testing Actuators: Using CD/VCR actuators
Stepper motors: Testing and identification
Sequencing: Understand how to drive stepper motors with microprocessors Software: C++ programing basics to control Arduino outputs. 1D, 2D and 3D Systems, Take apart a printer and test the motor/driver
3D Printing: Learn the mechanics, electronics and software. Print your designLife in 3D flyer . If you are having trouble signing-up, email mjaeger@eou.edu No space remains. Get on the waiting list just in case!
  • July 23 – July 27, 2018
  • Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs LogoCamp Dates: 

    Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs CAMP and SPONSORS offer educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.. If you have a disability that requires special considerations in order for you to attend this event contact the NBT CAMP Coordinator, Kalie Davis, at KalieD@portofmorrow.com.

  • August 6-8. Join GO-Healthcare Professionals!

    Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center, in partnership with GO-STEM and Eastern Oregon University, will host an immersive three-day workshop from August 6th-8th to prepare 10 regional high school educators to teach our collegiate-level online health careers course at their schools.

    Teachers will collaborate with faculty at Eastern Oregon University to become familiarized with  Future Health Professionals of Oregon (FHPO) curriculum, make a plan to deliver the course during the upcoming school year, synergize with other health educators, and join the GO-Healthcare Professionals PLC (Professional Learning Community).

    Applicant must have a master’s degree to qualify.

    *However, if no other master’s-prepared instructor is available to teach a health careers course at your school, ample teaching experience in health sciences could potentially substitute for this requirement (upon Eastern Oregon University’s discretion).

    Contact bhargrove@neoahec.org if you have any questions, or to request a copy of the FHPO syllabus to learn more about the online curriculum.

    Apply by June 30th!

    More Info: https://www.neoahec.org/programs/go-healthcare-professionals 

  • October 13:   Share your expertise with educators around the state! OSTA is accepting proposals for Sessions on Friday, October 12 and Workshops on Saturday, October 13th. For details on the strand descriptions and to submit your proposal, check out their conference webpage at http://oregonscience.org/OSTA18.


Still lots to give away.  New stuff each week!


Each month GOSTEM will showcase a different STEM Launch Point and the connections that can be explored in each STEM discipline. These stories are quick summaries of interesting people and circumstances where using STEM was as an integrated way of thinking and necessary to solve the problem. The story we offer in this month’s newsletter is Water to Drink.

Have you ever thought about pouring a glass of water out of a faucet–how we rarely consider the luxury of this essential?  Most of us don’t. We just expect the water is clean, free from toxins or bacteria, and looks and tastes good. This is not the case for most of the world, however.  Some 4000 children die each day as a result of lack of adequate or drinkable water.  Underdeveloped countries primarily use rivers, lakes and rain run-off as their water supplies. These become contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens.  This STEM story starts with personal descriptions of people working wth these contaminated water supplies and the challenge to covert what they have to something that won’t harm or kill.

In this STEM unit, students learn about the problems of adequate drinking supply and then learn that they can use some basic chemistry to help solve the problem.  Students use baking soda and cream of tartar to make CO2 bubbles.  They add this mixture to plaster of Paris to make a porous mud.  They mold the plaster mud into the shape of a filter and then use their filter to test different aspects of “dirty” water.  A complete curriculum Water to Drink can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/eou.edu/stem-stories/water-for-africawater-filtration

STEM Launch Points are archived on the GOSTEM home page at http://go-stem.org/stem-launch-page/  GOSTEM would like to collect your stories and contexts that connect young people to explorations in STEM.  Send us your ideas!  Contact mjaeger@eou.edu