Explore STEM from Home

While most of the in-person events planned for Spring 2020 have been canceled, we are working on ways to share online opportunities and events, as well as projects you can do from home.


Careers in Science Investigations webinars
When: April 15 through June 10 - Wednesdays at 4PM
Intended audience: Grade 6-12
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NOSB Battle: NOSB champions vs PhDs
When: June 8 - 11:30AM Pacific time
The 2020 National Ocean Sciences Bowl champions take on a team of PhDs in a battle for supremacy! This online event is a must-see for Salmon Bowl enthusiasts.
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For Families

Activities for the whole family


Live Online Events

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Student STEM Events Coming Up

Spring 2020

Code Games: A Global Game-Making Challenge - Young innovators ages 10-18 across the globe are invited to design and develop original video games on themes relating to exploration, social equity, or the environment. Entries must be submitted by October 14, 2020.


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.


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 and the World Competition has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 rules.

video footage of undewater robotics competition
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 on March 31, 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 rules. Download a Flyer and the Competition Guidelines. Register a team at https://ocrec2020.eventbrite.com

Opening video footage of Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge
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 competition will be held May 16, 2020 at Western Oregon University.

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 was held February 1, 2020 in Corvallis. Coming up June 8, 2020:    NOSB vs PhDs


Code Games - Young innovators ages 10-18 across the globe are invited to design and develop original video games. Entries must be submitted by October 14, 2020.

eCYBERMISSION - An adult advisor registers a team of 3-4 students in a 6, 7, 8 or 9th grade to identify and propose a solution for a problem in your community. Register a team by December 18, 2019 and team Mission Folders are due February 26, 2020. Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place teams for each grade in each U.S. state!

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. Educators new to Future City can use the promo code "FutureCity2020" for free registration until May 31, 2020.

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 has been extended to May 9, 2020.

Girls Go CyberStart - High school girls master new skills while working their way through an online training game focused on cybersecurity and ethical hacking. Begin with the registration and assessment period Jan 13 - Feb 14, 2020.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) - Original science research competition for HS students. Oregon regional symposium dates are February 7-8, 2020.

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

Nautilus Expedition Patch Design Contest - Your artwork could go on an ocean adventure aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus! Students ages five to eighteen (5-18) are eligible to submit original artwork to be considered for the official Nautilus Expedition Season Patch. The patch will be worn by members of the Corps of Exploration during their annual exploration cruises and represent the expedition season for the team. Submissions are due March 1, 2020.

NASA's Scientist for a Day - Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply to to think like scientists. Examine real spacecraft images of Uranus’ moon Miranda, Neptune’s moon Triton, and Pluto’s moon Charon. Choose the destination you think would be the best place to return with another spacecraft to learn even more about these amazing worlds. Support your choice in an essay of no more than 500 words. Submission deadline is February 20, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Time.

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

New York Times STEM Writing Contest - Students aged 13 to 19 are invited to choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health that interests them, then write a 500-word explanation that will engage and enlighten readers. Submissions due March 3, 2020.

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. Last year's deadline for submission was 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.