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.

 

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.   Last year's Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition was held April 29, 2017 in Lincoln City. Teams from Newport High School and Clatsop Community College advanced 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 competition will be held February 3, 2018.
  • 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 begins in October and the competitions will be held at University of Portland; middle school on February 3, 2018 and high school on February 10, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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. Team registration typically occurs in November and competitions are held in February. For more information, contact Mathcounts Coordinator Steve Alexanderson at SAlexanderson@cencoast.com
  • 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 annual Oregon Envirothon competition typically takes place in May 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:

  • 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 16, 2017. Air/Climate Entries due December 11, 2017.
  • 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 are typcially at the end of November
  • 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 or non-profit. In past years, projects have been due in November.
  • Two for the Crew Challenge - link - K-12 students are challenged to create a digital 3D model of an object that serves TWO functions on the International Space Station. Enter by December 19, 2017.
  • Generation Nano - link - In this competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Institute, MS and HS students are invited to created a superhero inspired by science. Entries are due January 8, 2018.
  • 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 18-20, 2018. Registration ends April 1, 2018.
  • Google Science Fair - link -Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals or teams from 13 to 18 years old.
  • 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. The scholarship deadline for 2018-19 will be announced in late 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 - link
  • Community Services Consortium Natural Resource Youth Conservation Crews - Summer jobs and work experience related to science and the environment - link