Science Expo Judges Needed

The 3rd annual COCC Regional Science Expo (formally the Intel Regional Science Fair) is quickly approaching! This science fair is part of the overall Intel Science competition and winners can go to state or larger regional competitions. The Saturday event (March 5th) will be hosted on the COCC campus.  20–25 judges are needed, with each judge observing and interviewing 3–5 projects. Judges need not be subject matter experts, particularly at the middle school level. All you need is a passion for STEM and general understanding of the scientific method. It is a lot of fun getting to see the science projects that these students complete, it is a fairly short time commitment, and a delicious lunch is provided!

If you would like to sign up to be a judge, please register online at If you have any questions please contact the STEM Hub. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with some of our future STEM students.

Below is the schedule for judges for that Saturday, March 5th:

High School
8:30 am: Judge Orientation & coffee (ask for 3-5 volunteers to participate in finalist judging)
9:00-10:00 am: view posters without students present
10:00-11:30 am: interview students
11:30-12:30 pm: lunch and deliberation
12:30 pm: turn in results (most judges excused at this time)
12:45-1:30 pm: Finalist interviews during public viewing
1:45 pm: Finalist results due
2:30 pm: Award ceremony

Middle School
8:30 am: Judge Orientation & coffee
9:00-9:45 am: view posters without students present
9:45-11:30 am: interview students
11:30-12:30 pm: lunch and deliberation
1:15 pm: turn in final results (most judges excused at this time)
2:00 pm: Award ceremony

Interested in helping but not sure judging is right for you? We also need volunteers to help with student checkin, activities, and way finding. Email the STEM Hub to sign up.

ASE Hiring Workshop Instructor

The Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering program is hiring an instructor for their Bend-based Cover Letter and Interview Skills workshops. Practicing and pre-service teachers are eligible along with anyone with a passion for helping students acquire these critical job skills!

More Information

ASE Mentors Needed

You are invited to participate in supporting the next generation of innovators, researchers and engineers.  Since 1990, ASE has matched over 3,700 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students with scientists and engineers for 8-week summer internships in a professional scientific or engineering environment. 

 Want to learn more? Contact Julia Soto ( or Emily Saxton ( for more information.

 Want to sign up to mentor at student at your workplace? Please visit   

New Flight Opportunity in Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program has announced a new flight opportunity to place experiments on the International Space Station. Interested districts and schools should inquire by December 11, 2015.

Full release:

October 11, 2015

Announcing: Major (G5-16) STEM Opportunity for School Districts Starting February 2016 – Student Spaceflight Experiments Program – Mission 10 to the International Space Station

Deadline for Inquiry: All interested school districts and schools are asked to inquire no later than December 11, 2015

Contact: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director; cell 301-395-0770;  

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 10 to the International Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-16 students across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The program nurtures ownership in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills – all reflective of the Next Generation Science Standards, the skills needed by professional scientists and engineers, and the skills desired by 21st century employers.

Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch services to fly the experiment to the International Space Station in Fall 2016, and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and analysis. A 9-week experiment design competition in each community, held February through April 2016, and locally engaging typically 300 students (if a pre-college focus), allows student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab on Space Station. A formal 2-step proposal review process, mirroring professional review, will determine the community’s flight experiment. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education. This includes a local art and design competition for a Mission Patch to accompany the flight experiment to Station. SSEP is therefore more suitably characterized as a community-wide STEAM experience.

TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by December 11, 2015; this allows schools and districts the time they need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan. Communities must be aboard by February 15, 2016, for a 9-week experiment design and proposal writing phase from February 22 to April 22, 2016. The flight experiment will be selected by May 26, 2016. Launch of the Mission 10 to ISS “Casper” experiments payload is expected in Fall 2016.

NEXT STEP: carefully read the SSEP Home page, which provides an Executive Summary of the Program and the Mission 10 to ISS Flight Opportunity:

Of interest: SSEP was showcased in Scientific American, February 17, 2015



Since program inception in June 2010, there have been 11 SSEP flight opportunities: SSEP on STS-134 and STS-135, which were the final flights of Space Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis; and SSEP Missions 1 through 9 to ISS. A total of 124 communities have participated in the program across the U.S. and Canada, and 28 communities have participated in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 flight opportunities, reflecting the sustainable nature of the program. Through the first 10 missions, a total of 49,260 grade 5-16 students (including 2- and 4-year college communities) were fully immersed in microgravity experiment design, and 11,151 flight experiment proposals were submitted by student teams.


The SSEP Mission 6 to ISS “Yankee Clipper II” payload of 17 experiments was launched on the SpaceX-5 rocket, January 10, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, adjoining NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Yankee Clipper II was operated on orbit by Space Station Commander Barry Wilmore. Yankee Clipper returned to Earth on February 10, 2015 aboard SpaceX-5, splashing down in the Pacific off the California coast. Many mission 6 student flight teams report findings at the 2015 SSEP National Conference at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, July 2-3, 2015.    

We are now in pre-flight operations for the launch of the Mission 7 to ISS Odyssey II payload of 25 SSEP experiments, which is a re-flight of the original Odyssey payload that was lost with the destruction of the SpaceX-7 rocket 2.5 minutes after launch on June 28, 2015. Mission 7 Odyssey II launches on SpaceX-8 from the Cape, expected in the January 2016 time frame. We are also in pre-flight operations for the Mission 8 Kitty Hawk payload of 15 experiments now undergoing NASA flight safety review at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and launching on SpaceX-9 from the Cape. The 22 Mission 9 communities are in the midst of engaging 13,500 students in experiment design and proposal writing, with flight experiments to be selected by December 17, 2015, and a projected launch of the Mission 9 Endeavor payload in Spring 2016.   

THIS IS THE REAL SPACE PROGRAM, and we are inviting you to come aboard.


National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education

NanoRacks, LLC    


Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Subaru of America, Inc.     


Magellan Aerospace

This on-orbit, real research opportunity for students is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

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.

Oregon Game Project Challenge

OGPC logo largeOGPC 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

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 from among an Apple Watch®, GoPro® camera, tablet computer, mountain bike, or season ski pass to Mount Bachelor. Student winners in grades K-8 will receive specially designed T-shirts and be invited to a special Science Night presentation at Bend Research.

Teachers for Grades K-5 are also eligible for prizes. Teachers whose class participation exceeds 50% will receive gift certificates for classroom supplies or books.

Students may choose the most appropriate format for their submission (e.g., poster, movie, model, or essay report). Entries are due at the Bend Research fabrication facility at 63060 Corporate Place in Bend by 5 p.m. November 6.

For more information and contest flyers, students should contact their teacher or principal, visit the contest website at, or call Bend Research at 541-382-4100 and ask for Sarrah Hadiji or Nate Glutting.