Opportunities for Coastal Students to Engage in STEM Experiences
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants
Celebrating Biodiversity May 23
May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity, so Exploring by the Sea of Your Pants is celebrating with a full day of Google Hangouts with leading scientists, explorers and conservationists on Tuesday, May 23rd. The day will consist of 20 or more 30 minute Google Hangouts spread out over 8 hours. These events are geared toward 4th to 9th grade classrooms. Events are announced here and spots will be assigned on May 1st. Teachers, register your class today! Read more
Student Competitions - dates approaching
- Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition - link * flyer
Students from upper elementary to college age build remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and use them to complete underwater missions. This year's Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition will be held April 29, 2017 in Lincoln City.
- BPA Science Bowl - link
The Bonneville Power Administration sponsors the nation’s largest regional science bowl for middle and high school students. The fast-paced academic bowl tests student knowledge in all aspects of science: math, geology, chemistry, physics, environmental science and more. Competitions will be held at University of Portland; middle school on February 4, 2017 and high school on February 11, 2017.
- National Ocean Sciences Bowl - link
AKA "Salmon Bowl", teams of 4-5 high school students are tested on their knowledge of scientific and technical disciplines through quick answer buzzer questions and more complex, critical thinking team challenge questions. The 2017 Oregon and Idaho regional competition was held in Corvallis on February 18, and Oregon will host the National competition as well on April 20-22.
- Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge - link
Students in grades 3-12 bring their wave energy devices, wind turbines, and/or solar devices to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to test in wave tanks, wind tunnel or under high powered lights to see which designs produce the greatest amount of energy. The next competition was held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
- Imagine Tomorrow - link
Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Teams compete in the challenge at Washington State University on May 19-21, 2017. Registration ended April 1, 2017 or when spaces are full.
- Genes in Space - link
This free science competition invites students in grades 7-12 to design a DNA experiment using PCR in Space. Sponsorship from an adult educator is required. Submissions are due April 25, 2017.
More Student Competitions
- Oregon Game Project Challenge - link
Put your programming and design skills to the test! The Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC) invites MS and HS students to create a computer game that meets a theme-based challenge. The Kickoff Event will be held on November 19, 2016 in several Oregon locations. Register here
- Lexus Eco Challenge - link
For students in Grades 6-12. Teams tackle environmental issues & create practical solutions while competing for scholarships and grants. The contest is aimed at land, water, air, and climate. Air/Climate Entries due December 12, 2016.
- NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest - link
K-8 art submissions should feature marine debris impacts and what you are doing to reduce marine debris. Submissions are due by November 30, 2016.
- Verizon Innovative App Challenge - link
Teams of middle or high school aged students develop a “Concept” for an App that addresses a pressing social need in their community, and then outline a plan and develop a video to promote their idea. Best In State Winners receive $5000 for their schools. This year, the contest is also open to non-profit youth serving organizations. Submit your project by November 18, 2016.
- Future Engineers: Think Outside the Box Challenge - link
K-12 students are invited to design a useful object for astronauts that expands or assembles. Submit entries by August 1, 2016.
- White House Student Film Festival - link
K-12 students are invited to create a short video around the theme "The World I Want To Live In" and submit their entries by July 15, 2016.
- The Star Trek Replicator Challenge - link
K-12 students are challenged to help astronauts live long and prosper on future deep space explorations missions by designing 3-D printed designs that will help crews eat nutritious meals in the year 2050. Enter by May 1, 2016.
- Oregon Envirothon - link
Teams of five students train and compete in the areas of Aquatic Ecology, Forest Ecology, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife Ecology, and a current environmental issue relating to particular ecosystems. The 20th annual Oregon Envirothon competition will be held May 6, 2016 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.
- FIRST LEGO League and FIRST TECH Challenge Robotics Clubs - link
Explore the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outeach Program. Teams complete missions with their student-built robots, as well as research and present an engineering solution. Animal Allies registration opens May 10, 2016. Find grant opportunities on the Funding Sources page of this website.
- IEEE Photovoltaic Design Competition - Download details
High school students under the supervision of a teacher are invited to enter projects that demonstrate the use of photovoltaics in a practical application, using only photovoltaics as the power source for the project. Confirmed participants earn $500 in seed money. Apply by Mar 31, 2016.
- Genes in Space Challenge - link
For students in grades 7 - 12: Design a DNA experiment for space. No equipment or lab supplies required, just a great idea. Apply by Apr 20, 2016.
- Speak for the Ocean video contest - link
If the ocean could speak, what would it say? If you could be its spokesperson, what would you say on its behalf? This contest invites 13-18 year old students to create and submit a 30 second video. Grand prize is a trip to Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Entries were due Feb 29, 2016.
- KidWind Challenge in Portland - link
Help your students form teams and participate in the KidWind Challenge to design a better wind turbine! The Portland challenge was held Mar 19th. Download a flyer
- ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls - link
Middle school girls: Are you interested in building an awesome tech project with social impact? Registration deadline was Feb 15, 2016, and projects were due by Apr 15, 2016. Mentors are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
- Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision - link
Students teams in grades K-12 are invited to register to compete for prizes in this national science competition. Registration ends Feb 1, 2016.
- Oregon Science Olympiad - link
Science Olympiad is the premier national science competition at the middle and high school levels. Teams of up to 15 students compete in 23 events in this science and engineering competition. The state tournament takes place in Corvallis in April, and team registration typically begins in January.
- MATHCOUNTS - link
This national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. The 2016 competition was held Feb 13th in Newport. For more information, contact Mathcounts Coordinator Steve Alexanderson at SAlexanderson@cencoast.com
- Young Mind Awards - link
For middle school, high school and college aged students, the Young Mind Awards celebrate student achievement in design engineering and R&D.
More science competitions for teams and classrooms are listed on the NSTA website
More math competitions for teams and classrooms are listed on the OCTM website
Teachers, Tell Your Students About:
Science and engineering camps described on the Summer and School Breaks page
Visit the K-12 pages under the Students and Parents section of this website