Student events like the MATE ROV Competition engage students in authentic, real-world learning experiences.


BPA Science Bowl - 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 8, 2020 and high school on February 22, 2020.

FIRST LEGO League and FIRST TECH Challenge Robotics Clubs - Explore the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program.  Teams complete missions with their student-built robots, as well as research and present an engineering solution. State competitions for FIRST LEGO League are held in January.

MATE Oregon Regional ROV Competition  - Students from upper elementary to college age build remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and use them to complete underwater missions. The 2020 MATE Oregon Regional ROV Competition will be held April 18, 2020. The missions will be released in December and team registration will open in February.

watch video of the 2017 competition

Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge - 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 challenge will be held March 31, 2020 in Newport and registration will open in January.

watch video of the 2017 event

Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics - This professional organization's website lists a number of local, national and mail-in contests for students.

Oregon Game Project Challenge - 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 theme for the next competition is announced in November.

Oregon Science Olympiad - 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.

Salmon Bowl - 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 2020 competition will be held February 1, 2020 in Corvallis. 


Fish Migration Art Contest- Do you know which species is Oregon's "State-Fish"? K-12 students are invited to submit artwork and an accompanying essay about the importance of migratory fish and the free-flowing waters they rely on. Enter two contests with one application! Submissions due by March 31, 2020.

Future City - Students in Grade 6-8 will utilize their science, math and engineering knowledge to create cities that exist at least 100 years in the future. Currently, Oregon does not have a Regional Competition, but students can also participate without competing.

Genes in Space - Students in grades 7-12 are challenged to design a DNA experiment for space. The winning experiment will be conducted on the International Space Station. Submission deadline is April 19, 2019.

Lexus Eco Challenge - 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, 2019. Air/Climate Entries due December 4, 2019.

Find competitions for teams and classrooms are listed on the NSTA website

NASA's Name the Rover Challenge - K-12 students are invited to apply to name NASA’s next Mars rover. Applicants should submit their proposed rover name and a short essay (maximum 150 words) by November 1, 2019.

NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest - K-8 art submissions should feature marine debris impacts and what you are doing to reduce marine debris. Submissions are due by November 30, 2019. Entry Form

Ocean Awareness Contest - The 2020 competition theme is Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis. Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to submit pieces of art or communication in which they explore their relationship to a changing world and become advocates for positive change. Contest deadline June 15, 2020.

More math competitions for teams and classrooms are listed on the OCTM website

President's Environmental Youth Award - The PEYA recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Applications are due January 15, 2020.

Regeneron Science Talent Search - This science research competition for high school seniors provides a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists. The 2020 application period ends November 13, 2019.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow - Middle and High School teachers lead their students in the creation of a solution that addresses a need in their community using STEAM. Win Samsung technology for your school. Teachers, enter by October 23, 2019.

TI Codes Contest  - Teams of students age 13 - 19 are challenged to design a product that automates or optimizes a process or product related to food, and then use coding and TI technology to build a model of the solution. Deadline for submission is March 25, 2019.

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision -Students teams in grades K-12 are invited to register to compete for prizes in this national science competition.  Projects should be submitted by February 10, 2020. Download flyer

Youth Making Ripples - This annual Film Festival empowers students to give a voice to marine-related topics, issues and solutions. Submissions for the 2019 film competition are open, now until January 5, 2020.

2019 Student Watershed Symposium events

March 19, 2019
Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport
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April 30, 2019
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston
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May 14, 2019
Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria
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During 2019 Student Watershed Symposium events, students shared the watershed projects they have been undertaking with peers and community, interacted with STEM professionals, and engaged in hands on field experiences. Read more