Student Competitions in Oregon:

Taft HS Ocean's Hope launching ROV

  • 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 event is typically held in February. Read the 2019 announcement [pdf]
  • 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 competition will be held March 5, 2019. Read more
  • 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. The 2019 Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition will be held April 20, 2019. The missions will be released in December and team registration will open in February.
  • 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 theme for the next competition is announced in November.
  • 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 2, 2019 and high school on February 9, 2019.
  • 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 your regional Mathcounts Coordinator.
  • 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:

  • Youth Making Ripples - link - 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 8, 2019.
  • 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 February 8, 2019.
  • Future City - link - 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 - link - 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.
  • Samsung Solve for Tomorrow - link - 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 30, 2018.
  • 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 15, 2018. Air/Climate Entries due December 10, 2018.
  • 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 November 30, 2018. 
  • More 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