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Check out the list of competitions below and find out how you can get involved. Visit the competition websites to get specific information about contest guidelines and submission deadlines. See videos from past events

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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.  The BPA Regional Science Bowl will not be held in 2021, but the 30th Anniversary BPA Regional Science Bowl is planned for January 29th and February 12th, 2022.

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 usually held in January, but the event calendars have been adjusted for 2021 due to COVID-19. Check the ORTOP website for details.

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 year's hybrid competition took place May 19-23, 2021.

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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. There will not be a competition in 2021; stay tuned for details about a competition in 2022.

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 is typically held in May. Check the website for details about the 2021 competition.

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 is planned for April 2022, and team registration typically begins in January. See the website for details.

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 2021 competition was held online on February 6, 2021.

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

CyberStart America - 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 in January 2021.

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, 2021, final team registration is January 6, 2022, and team Mission Folders are due March 2, 2022. Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place teams for each grade in each U.S. state!

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. Registration for 2021-22 is now open.

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. Applications will be accepted in January 2022.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) - Original science research competition for HS students. Student applications are typically due in mid December. Last year's Oregon regional symposium was held February 20, 2021.

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.

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 deadlines are typically in February.

NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest - K-8 art submissions should feature marine debris impacts and what you are doing to reduce marine debris. The next contest will open in October 2021.

NOAA Picture Climate Change - How has climate change impacted you? Your family? Your school? Your community? We want to hear your climate impact stories as illustrated by a photo. In what ways has your landscape, wildlife, or way of life changed due to climate shifts? This photo contest is for students in grades 5-12, and submissions are due by November 15, 2021.

Ocean Awareness Contest - The 2022 competition theme is The Funny Thing About Climate Change. Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to submit pieces of art or communication that explore new ways to communicate about the urgency of the climate crisis. The next contest deadline is June 13, 2022.

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 typically due in January.

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 10, 2021.

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 January 31, 2022.

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 due March 15, 2022.

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