FIRST Funding Available

Daimler Trucks North America is providing up to $225,000 to fund FIRST programs throughout Oregon and SW Washington. FIRST programs inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. Accepting applications through November 30, 2015. More information here.

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Oregon Game Project Challenge

OGPC is the only state-wide game programming competition in Oregon! It introduces middle and high school students to the principles of STEAM while working together to produce something greater than the sum of the parts. Teams of three to seven middle or high school students create computer games designed to be fun, challenging, and innovative around a socially responsible annual theme. Teams present their games to industry professionals and are awarded prizes in several categories during a statewide competition in April. More Info: Brochure / Poster

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Inventerprise 2015

Central Oregon students can show their ingenuity while competing for cash and other prizes in the 2015 Inventerprise science contest. This year’s contest challenges students to devise new ways that would help us prevent, survive, mitigate, or even harness a natural disaster’s power. The annual competition for all Central Oregon students in Grades K-12 is sponsored by Bend Research Inc., with help from the Bend-La Pine School District and Central Oregon Community College. Prizes will be awarded at all grade levels. The students submitting the top high-school entries will receive a portion of the $1,800 cash prize. The student submitting the top middle-school entry will choose…

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STEM Uncovered Video Competition

The Noyce Foundation, with support from the C.S. Mott Foundation, has announced the STEM Uncovered: 2015 Video Competition challenging young people and their afterschool programs to creatively tell their stories about how STEM learning continues to keep them engaged and inspires their future career plans. Over the next few months, students across the country can submit 3-minute videos sharing how their afterschool and summer learning programs uncover STEM learning and inspire them to build, create, explore, and dream. To learn more about the STEM Uncovered 2015 Video Competition, visit www.stemvideocompetition.org.

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STEM Week Oregon

May 2–10, 2015 is officially STEM Week Oregon, a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate, and engage young people in activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Anyone, anywhere in the state can participate. The statewide network of STEM Hubs is collaborating to promote this opportunity to spread the word about STEM in Oregon. Visit stemoregon.org/stemweek (hosted by our friends at the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership) for more information or to register your event or activity and use the hashtag #STEMWeekOregon to share your experiences.

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“Don’t Let it Loose” Media Design Contest

The Oregon Invasive Species Council (established by the Legislature), Oregon State University and Oregon Sea Grant’s Watershed and Invasive Species Education Program (WISE) are pleased to announce a statewide “Don’t Let it Loose” invasive species education Media Design contest for Oregon HS students! This contest aims to tap the creativity of teachers in mentoring their students to design outreach messages and media that increase awareness and solutions to releasing classroom and household pets. Once released, these species can become invasive and cause environmental and economic harm in Oregon. The red-eared slider turtle, red swamp crayfish, and Brazilian elodea are examples. Winning…

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ASE Internships Available

The Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program matches motivated 9th-11th grade students with professional scientists, technologists and engineers for hands-on 8-week summer internships.  Five internships are available in Bend this summer for interested students and the application is due on March 9th.  Details are on the ASE website: http://www.saturdayacademy.org/ase/student-information

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Family STEM Night

The STEM Hub is hosting a free Family STEM Night from 4:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, February 19th at the Riverbend Community Room (part of the Bend Park & Recreation District building in Riverbend Park). Drop in for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities and to learn from partner organizations about regional STEM programs. All ages are welcome and snacks will be provided. Activities are informal and families can arrive anytime between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Snacks and activities involving consumable materials will be first come, first served. Flyer (English)   |   Flyer (Spanish) Organizations interested in participating should contact hub director Kendall…

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Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network

The Oceanscape Network is an educational web-based application designed to connect preteens and teens and their teachers to science, nature and outdoor experiences using technology as the catalyst. Utilizing an interactive mapping systems, users can navigate the Oregon Coast and adjacent regions, visit major landmarks and ecosystems, submit sightings of wild animals, or use the Global Positioning System for some high-tech exploration of outdoor areas. A sophisticated infrastructure also allows educators to create online student communities, facilitate guided inquiry projects, and access classroom resources including lesson plans which comply with Oregon science standards and the Ocean Literacy Principals. This FREE…

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