January 2023
View the Spanish translation of our newsletter here.
From the Director's Desk
Hello, Mid-Valley-

Happy New Year! We at the Hub recently took the opportunity to gather as a team to reflect on the year, celebrate our successes, and set intentions for 2023. As we look back on what we’ve accomplished, we are so grateful for the role each of you have played to advance our mission to elevate and enhance STE(A)M and CTE in our region to build a culture of equitable prosperity.

2022 has been a tremendous year of growth; thank you for your partnership to help realize so many opportunities for our region. We are particularly pleased to be ending the year with the successful completion of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Oracle STEM Education Grants Ignite capacity-building campaign for the region. More to come on those investments in the months ahead.

In the spirit of reflection and celebration, please enjoy this year-in-review abbreviated edition of our monthly newsletter. We’ve combed through a few of our top stories from 2022 and collected them here for your reading enjoyment. We look forward to resuming this important work with you all on behalf of our communities in 2023.

Be well,
Sarah Whiteside
Executive Director
We're Hiring! 

Do you want a career that is both fun and geared toward helping our community grow and prosper equitably? Apply now and join the team as our Education Outreach and Equity Specialist.
This position will work to build relationships with regional education partners to support students’ career-related learning needs and employers’ talent development needs with strategic investments throughout students’ P-20 experience for academic and career success. Please be #bilingual in English and Spanish.

Receiving Praise

The MILL has yet to have its grand opening, but we are still able to make time and space for students to get the most out of what the MILL has to offer. We are proud to be able to offer a helping hand and happy to hear that the community appreciates our support. Check out the latest testimonial about the MILL from an LBCC student!
Adventures of the Mobile Makerspace
Maxtivity - Philomath
Scio Public Library
2022 Summer Camps
Watch this short highlight reel of last summer's Maker Camp. Students were able to use various tools, cardboard, and 3D printers to design and construct imaginative mini-golf courses!

The Take Apart Camp was a weeklong experience where students got to explore many different tech and mechanical items by taking them apart and then putting them back together again.
Hub Media
Enjoy an assortment of our favorite A/V creations from 2022...
A Step Ahead
Career-Connected Learning Video Library
Closing the Gap
Notable Accomplishments from 2022
STEM for All - August 2022

Our Program Coordinator, Chris Singer, travels to the far reaches of our region to bring exciting STEM educational experiences to the students in our communities. Visiting classrooms with coding, math, and circuit-building tools in hand, Chris leaves a lasting impact on the classrooms he visits about how STEM learning is not only fun and exciting but attainable to all students. 

Recently, Chris brought Makey Makey kits and pizza to Santiam Canyon’s Social-Emotional class, taught by Hannah Baker. The students got a chance to learn about coding and circuit-building using pizza as a primary teaching tool.
If you want Chris to bring some STEM fun to your classroom, reach him at: singerc@linnbenton.edu
New Makerspace at APL! - May 2022

We are proud to announce the opening of the new makerspace at the Albany Public Library (APL)! Forrest Johnson, our Makerspace & Lending Librarian, teamed up with April Spisak, Children's Librarian to coordinate, plan, and outfit the space. The Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub contributed $14,000 to outfit the space, featuring a 3D printer, sewing machines, and a variety of other materials for young makers! In addition to the makerspace, we provided nearly $6,000 in STEM-themed kits to be used in the space.

Watch this video to take a look inside!
Educator Externships with GAPS - July 2022

Twelve K-12 educators from Linn and Benton Counties participated in a two-day GAPS Educator Externship on June 22 and 23.
(This was a pilot program made available through a Youth Development Oregon grant.) The industry hosts were Knife River Training Center, Valliscor, Albany Public Works Water Reclamation, Concept Systems, and Lazarus 3D. Including a tour, each host shared
a company overview, workforce trends,
in-demand skills, and the education/training/credentialing paths to employment. Staff shared about their role, career path and things that they think are important for students to know to prepare them for employment. Each day concluded with a facilitated debrief and discussion on how to integrate what the educators learned into individual classes and across the K-12 system.

Business & Industry Outreach & Equity Specialist
Educators outside of Knife River Training Center dome.
The Reach of the Lending Library

The Educators' Lending Library has been going for a year and we'd like to share with you the stats we have collected from this successful first year.

  • Over 3500 students have been able to use our STEAM educational tools.
  • 30 local educators have checked out items from the library.
  • We have loaned items to 26 different schools.
  • 13 unique pick-up locations have been established.
You can join in and borrow some exciting educational implements by visiting us online.
Support the Hub
Possible edits for the closing ask: As a mostly grant-funded organization, the Hub also relies on individual supporters and partners to help support our work. Please consider making a financial donation to the Hub. Your donation can help sustain STE(A)M and CTE programming in the communities of Linn and Benton counties. If you are able to contribute, follow this link to donate. We appreciate your support!

To see some of the things we were able to accomplish in the 2021-2022 year consider viewing our annual report.
Visit the Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub 
website to learn more About us, see a list of our Partners, and find out how YOU can get involved.

Mailing Address:
Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
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