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STUDENT CHALLENGES IN OREGON

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 are typically held at University of Portland in February.

Columbia River Maritime Museum Miniboats - The Columbia River Maritime Museum Miniboat Program provides a global, multidisciplinary STEAM learning experience for 5th- to 7th-grade classes in the Pacific Northwest and Japan by empowering them to cooperatively design, build, launch, and track seaworthy GPS-equipped boats on a journey across the Pacific Ocean. Applications for the 2020-21 year are due July 19, 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. This competition typically takes place in April in Lincoln City each year.

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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. Challenges typically take place in February or March each year.

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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 was held virtually in May 2020.

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. 

South Coast Innovation Challenge - The inaugural South Coast Innovation Challenge provides Southwestern Oregon Community College student teams the opportunity to collaborate on innovative solutions to societal problems and needs both large and small. The intent with this contest is to foster a spirit of creativity and invention while encouraging students to develop and apply their entrepreneurial skills. This contest is a semi-final competition for the statewide InventOR competition, and the two best inventions we find this year will go on to the next round of InventOR competition against teams from 17 other Oregon colleges and universities.

OTHER STEM COMPETITIONS

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.

Code for Good Challenge - Individuals or teams of students ages 13-18 use Arduino electronics to design a solution for a problem. Entries are due by October 3, 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. Early registration opens August 12, 2020, final team registration is January 6, 2021, and team Mission Folders are due March 3, 2021. 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 were due by March 31, 2020. Information for the 2021 contest will be available on September 1, 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 was  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 were 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 were due October 16, 2019. Air/Climate Entries were due December 4, 2019.

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

NASA's Glenn Engineering Design Challenges - Glenn Engineering Design Challenges (EDCs) connect students, at both in-school and out-of-school settings, with the unique challenges faced by NASA scientists and engineers as they design the next generation of aeronautic and space vehicles, habitats, and technology. Topics include Spacecraft Safety, Powered and Pumped Up, Let it Glide, and Gaining Traction on Mars. There is no deadline for participation. Learn more

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 was 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 December 15, 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 was 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 were 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. Apply by November 12, 2020 for the 2021 contest.

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 were to 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. Submission deadlines are typically in March.

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 8, 2021.

Youth Making Ripples - This annual Film Festival empowers students to give a voice to marine-related topics, issues and solutions. Submissions for the  film competition are accepted on a rolling basis, year-round. 

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