STEM Experiences for Youth

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub can connect you with activities to help engage learners of all ages with fun science, technology, engineering and math programs and events.  This includes afterschool programs, clubs, and public events that can get the whole family involved!  Be sure to also visit the Summer and School Breaks page, and see information about higher education scholarships on the College page.

Toledo Wooden Boat Show

This year, the annual Toledo Wooden Boat Show will take place August 19-21, 2017 and the schedule includes opportunities to view the solar eclipse, as well as to participate in engineering activities such as Family Boat Building or the Georgia Pacific Containerboard Boat Race. In the latter event, teams construct cardboard boats and race them against the boats made by other locals on August 19th. Prizes will be awarded for the best design, fastest race times, and Most Spectacular Sinking. More information


OSM 2017 logoStudent Poster Session - 2018 Ocean Scientists Meeting

K-12 students participating in summer, in-school or after-school marine science research experiences are invited to attend the OSM meeting on February 14, 2018 in Portland. Create a poster that explains your work to the marine science community, and get feedback! Potential participants should express interest to Judy Dalie at by August 23, and abstracts are due September 6, 2017. More information [info][flyer][OSM website]

Oregon STEM-Related Competitions:

Taft HS Ocean's Hope launching ROV

  • Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition  - link 
    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 was held April 29, 2017 in Lincoln City. Teams from Newport High School and Clatsop Community College will advance to the International Competition held in Long Beach, CA on June 23-25. Read more
  • Salmon Bowl - link
    In this regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), 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 National competition was held April 20-23 in Corvallis, and Neah-Kah-Nie high school represented Oregon.
  • 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.
  • 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. Team registration in late November and the competitions will be held at University of Portland; middle school on February 4, 2017 and high school on February 11, 2017.
  • 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 2017 competition was held on February 28, 2017 and four teams from the coast (Toldeo, Waldport) advanced to the national competition in Anaheim, CA in May.
  • 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.
  • 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 February 13th in Newport. Early bird registration ends November 13th. For more information, contact Mathcounts Coordinator Steve Alexanderson at
  • 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. 
  • Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics - link
    This professional organization's website lists a number of local, national and mail-in contests for students.


Other Competitions:

  • 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 ends 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.
  • 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.  Land/Water Entries due October 17, 2016. 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. Submission 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 April 20, 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.
  • ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls - link
    Middle school girls: Are you interested in building an awesome tech project with social impact?  Register by February 15, 2016, and projects are due by April 15, 2016. Mentors are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
  • 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.  Enter by Feb 29, 2016.
  • Beneath the Waves - link
    This film festival and competition challenges K-12 students to create engaging marine science documentaries that share ocean conservation messages. Films must be submitted by Dec 5, 2015.
  • Google Science Fair - link
    Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals or teams from 13 to 18 years old.
  • 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 competitions for teams and classrooms are listed on the NSTA website


High School Programs

BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Program
This program provides financially-challenged students the opportunity to study abroad and gain the intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy. The goal of the program is to increase students' intercultural awareness and second-language skills. Twenty-three full scholarships to study abroad for a year in one of five countries will be awarded by AFS-USA to high school students residing in the USA who are interested in STEM subjects and want to study in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, South Africa. Apply by March 1, 2016.  More information

Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program
The Coos Bay BLM along with the Powers Ranger Station and the Coos Watershed Association are currently recruiting high school students for a 2016 summer internship program. The program is administered through the American Fisheries Society Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program.  The eight week paid internship is open to students completing their 11th or 12th grades.  Apply by January 31, 2017.  More information


STEM Afterschool Programs:

Education Week Article:  Report looks at impact of after-school STEM programs on students

  • Lincoln County's 21st Century After School Program - The 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program in the Lincoln County School District provides 2.5 hours of afterschool enrichment for students each school day, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and reading.  Visit the website  for more information.
  • 4-H - Many OSU Extension offices have STEM-related clubs and programs for youth, including FIRST LEGO robotics and MATE ROV teams.  Contact your local 4-H office to see what is available in your area or Contact Todd Williver at the Lincoln County 4-H Office 541-574-6534 x22 for assistance in finding your local 4-H agent.

Clubs and Work Crews:

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium - Summer and school-year volunteer and job shadowing opportunities available for youth age 14-17.  Apply by February 25, 2017. - link
  • Community Services Consortioum Natural Resource Youth Conservation Crews - Summer jobs and work experience related to science and the environment - link
  • Coos Watershed Association - Master Watershed Stewards Youth Program - link