Ship to Shore Classroom Opportunities

R/V Falkor - August and September 2018:  Hunting Bubbles

Connect your classroom with research at sea. The next expedition for the R/V Falkor will be focused on "Hunting Bubbles" and take place on the Southern Hydrate Ridge in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon. Read more in the Expedition Description. Schmidt Ocean Institute will have videos posted to theirYouTube page, and educators can sign up for Ship-to-Shore video calls connecting classrooms and students with scientists aboard the research vessel.


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 next event is February 3, 2018.
  • 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 6, 2018 - Download a flyer * Guidelines
  • 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 2018 Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition will be held April 28, 2018. Team registration opens January 15.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 15, 2018. Air/Climate Entries due December 10, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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, 2018.
  • 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 20, 2018.
  • 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. Enter by November 9, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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