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SOESD provides innovative STE(A)M Hub learning opportunities in collaboration with business and industry partners that motivate students through project-based learning in the classroom, after-school programs, and summer camps.

The STE(A)M Hub initiative leverages, coordinates, and supports relationships with stakeholders in K-12, higher education, business, industry, and community to bring rigor, relevance, and authentic learning experiences to students in pre-school through post-secondary education.

Efforts to coordinate college and career related learning experiences for educators, community partners, students and their families are supported by STE(A)M Hub. Examples include developing advanced and dual credit opportunities at various high schools, supporting Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study, and facilitating high quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities such as summer camps, robotics or innovation competitions, and after-school programs. STE(A)M Hub leverages substantial grant funding, volunteer involvement, and other in-kind resources to provide these service offerings.

Read the Southern Oregon Regional Needs Assessment (English)
Read the Southern Oregon Regional Needs Assessment (Spanish)
Read the STEM Shared Impact Report


541-776-8590 ext.1128

Karla Clark
STE(A)M Hub Program Manager
541-776-8590 ext.1128
Southern Oregon Education Service District
101 N. Grape St, Medford, OR 97501

Morgan Cottle
Dual Credit Coordinator
Southern Oregon Education Service District
502 W. Main, Medford, OR 97501
541-776-8590 ext. 1199


The Southern Oregon STE(A)M Hub has the overall purpose of using a collective impact approach to help all Oregonians graduate from high school and attain some level of post-secondary education that will prepare them for success in college or on a career path leading to high wage, high demand jobs.

Southern Oregon STE(A)M Hub’s mission is to infuse STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) into every classroom and beyond. STEAM is not so much a reference to courses or an academic discipline as it is a “way of thinking” or a “way of being” in the classroom.  Scientific inquiry, creativity and innovation, computational thinking, project-based learning, and collaborative problem solving are the hallmarks of the 21st century workplace and SOESD schools. These skills, along with core relationship competencies and mindsets, will drive the outcomes necessary for our region to thrive and bring economic prosperity to all!


Southern Oregon STEM Hub’s mission is to create a learner-focused ecosystem of STEM/CTE/Career-Related learning experiences and pathways that will benefit students, teachers, families, and industries in our regional community.


The Southern Oregon STEM Hub has the overall purpose of using a collective impact approach that will help southern Oregon attain the 40-40-20 goals. In order to accomplish this overall purpose, the Southern Oregon STEM Hub has the following goals:

1)  Students – Provide the full range of students (PK – 20) with STEM/CTE/Career-related learning pathways and experiences that will enhance their STEM knowledge and skills plus their positive attitudes about STEM

2) Educators – Provide pre-service and in-service educators with STEM/CTE/Career-related learning experiences that will improve their STEM content knowledge and their abilities to teach STEM plus their positive attitudes about STEM

3) Equity – Increase the diversity (racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, geographic) of students and teachers involved in STEM/CTE/Career-related pathways and activities

4) Economy – Use a collaborative network of formal and informal education organizations, community groups, and business and industry partners in order to build STEM/CTE/Career-related learning experiences and skills that will build and bolster STEM-related businesses and industries in the southern Oregon region.


Student Outcomes

  • Increase creativity in student approaches to problems and solutions by establishing innovation and creativity as an integral part of STEM.
  • Increase the number of students who graduate high school and enter, persist in, and complete post-secondary training and education in STEM/CTE fields
  • Increase the prevalence of inquiry-based activities in early learning and elementary environments
  • Increase student interest and motivation in STEM
  • Increase positive STEM identity, especially in grades 4-8
  • Increase participation in out-of-school STEM experiences and programs
  • Increase access to computer science instruction and activities
  • Increase early college credit in STEM subjects (AP/IB/Dual-credit)
  • Increase students taking STEM-related elective courses
  • Increase STEM career awareness
  • Increase investment, identity, and engagement related to STEM in traditionally underrepresented populations (girls, lower socio-economic, rural, etc.)

Educators (including teachers, administrators, informal educators, and faculty) Outcomes

  • Increase educator pedagogical content knowledge in STEM subjects
  • Increase relationships among formal, informal educators and institutions in order to leverage existing resources and expertise.
  • Increase educator understanding of, and experience with, ways in which STEM content is applied in STEM fields
  • Increase educator use of inquiry-based/problem-based learning approaches
  • Increase educator access to high-quality STEM professional development (CCSS, NGSS, CTE, applied) and resources
  • Increase interactions between educators and STEM professionals in classrooms, workplaces, and the community
  • Increase the pool of qualified STEM/CTE educators with experience in STEM/CTE careers
  • Increase availability of high-quality instructional materials and resources that support and promote effective STEM education
  • Increase creativity in teacher approach to problems and solutions by establishing innovation, aesthetics, and creativity as integral parts of STEM.

Community Outcomes

  • Increase parental and community awareness of the value of STEM learning, outside of school learning experiences and career opportunities.
  • Increase access to multi-generational STEM learning experiences.
  • Increase parental and community support for STEM education programs
  • Increase partnerships between schools, the informal STEM community, and local stakeholders/businesses
  • Increase availability and access to community informal STEM providers and  STEM programs

Workforce/Economic Outcomes

  • Increase regional businesses’ access to a highly skilled workforce in STEM fields by using a demand-driven approach to the design of STEM programs, activities, and initiatives, guided by the real-world needs of the region’s high-tech and STEM-related sectors.
  • Increase alignment of dual-credit programs, degrees, and certificates with high-wage, high-demand occupations (i.e., decrease STEM/CTE employment gaps), using business input and labor market projections.
  • Increase connections between students and local industries and employers, in order for students to experience the real-world applications of STEM learning in the workforce, and for businesses to connect in meaningful ways with the future STEM workforce they require to thrive and grow within our region.
  • Increase public and private STEM research outputs
  • Aspire to increase the number of Oregonians filling STEM-related jobs in Oregon (i.e., decrease proportion of STEM jobs filled by imported talent.)
  • Provide inspiration, knowledge, and incentives to increase small-business startups in STEM fields

STEM Hub Infrastructure

  • Engage stakeholders from multiple sectors and across the P-20 education continuum to ensure a common vision, integration of resources and expertise, and outcomes.

Ashland School District
Associated General Contractors
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley*
Buck Institute of Project Based Learning
Butte Falls School District
Central Point School District
Chief Science Officers Program
Citizens for Safe Schools
Civil Air Patrol of Jackson County
College Dreams
Crater Lake National Park
Department of Human Services – Community Development
Department of Human Services – Office of Self Sufficiency
Dutch Bros Coffee
Eagle Point School District
Erickson Crane
Gordon Ellwood Foundation
Grants Pass Airport
Grants Pass School District
Inventors Hall of Fame (Camp Invention)*
Junior Achievement – Jackson County
Junior Achievement – Klamath County
Klamath Community College
Klamath County School District
Klamath Falls School District
Klamath Promise
Logos Charter School
Medford School District
North Mountain Nature Center
Oregon State University – Pre College Programs
Oregon Technical Institute
Pacific Aviation Northwest
Phoenix-Talent School District
Pinehurst School District
Prospect School District
Rogue Community College
Rogue River School District
Rogue Valley Mentoring
Rogue Workforce Partnership
SOESD’s Migrant Ed/English Language Learner Services
Southern Oregon Air Academy*
Southern Oregon ESD
Southern Oregon Success (SORS)
Southern Oregon Success Regional Achievement Collaborative
Southern Oregon University
Talent Maker City*
The Valley School
Three Rivers School District
Willamette Education Service District

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