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Lesson Plans & Resources

Online Resources

We have archived our favorite hands-on activities and resources for you here.

Lesson Plans & Education Guides

These lesson plans & guides were created through our STEM Hub projects and initiatives and are authored by our region’s educators, often in collaboration with our partners.

STEM Bites

Oregon’s regional STEM Hubs have come together to bring engaging, hands-on science and engineering learning ideas to educators across the state! Hands on science can be challenging to do during distance learning, these bites are designed to help. Each “bite” can be done at home, in a classroom, or in a program space. Bites primarily use simple materials that families already have or can readily acquire; we know how hard it can be to get specialized materials to students.


Visit the STEM Bites website.


Lending Library Lessons

Find inspiration from these lesson plan ideas that are directly related to items available for check out in our Lending Library.


Maker Club Curriculum & Notebook

This curriculum introduces children in grades 4-8 to the maker mindset, aiming to inspire creativity, enhance problem-solving skills, and encourage perseverance. The activities expose children to design thinking and various "making" activities, using publicly available resources and original lesson plans and supplemental documents by Jacob Field, with support from previous STEM Hub Director, Christy Christopher. Funded by the US 2020 grant from Citizen Schools and the Oregon Department of Education STEM Hub, it was tested in 2018-19 at nine sites in the Columbia Gorge region, including schools, a library, and a migrant summer school. Feedback from these tests led to slight revisions after the 2019-20 school year.

Download Curriculum (pdf) 

Download Notebook (pdf)

STEM Week Engineering Challenges “Designer’s Notebook”

Created in partnership of Oregon’s 13 regional STEM Hubs from across the state, this guide includes daily engineering challenges using everyday materials.

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STEM Week Computational Thinking “Designer’s Notebook"

This guide includes daily unplugged computational thinking activities using everyday materials, and was part of an initiative supported by Governor Kate Brown’s GEER funds to increase equitable access to Computer Science education for Oregon students.

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STEM Early Learning Gorge Educator Guide (English)
Created in partnership with Childcare Partners, this guide provides practical strategies for early educators and childcare providers to incorporate STEM learning into their classrooms.

Download Guide (pdf)

STEM Early Learning Gorge Educator Guide (Spanish)

Creada en asociación con Childcare Partners, esta guía proporciona estrategias prácticas para que los educadores de la primera infancia y los proveedores de cuidado infantil incorporen el aprendizaje STEM en sus aulas.

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​Coming Fall 2024 - Using Children’s Books to Bring Engineering to Life!

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