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…
Next week is Computer Science Education Week. Celebrate with an Hour of Code! Get started at: https://hourofcode.com/us
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; email@example.com The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space…
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.
The Beaver Hangouts collage access mentoring program has a new STEM focus where you can connect your STEM program students with a STEM major on the OSU campus via skype. More information: Flyer
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
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…
Don’t miss the High Desert Museum’s 7th annual appreciation night and community resource fair exclusively for educators! Kick off the school year with a fun gathering of teachers, educators, administrators, and community partners. Learn about programs, services, and resources provided by community partners like the STEM Hub. Doors open early for exhibit previews and special programming 5:00 pm Ranch and Sawmill Tour 5:30 pm Bird of Prey Encounter 6:00 pm Educational Networking, Appetizers, and Drinks 7:00 pm Raffle Giveaways Click here for more information and to register.
Lots of professional development opportunities are coming up for teachers in June, including intensive focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards and technology education. Check out the calendar for a complete list! We plan to make more opportunities available during the late August and early September back to school time. Exact offerings are still flexible, so if there’s a particular topic you’d like to see, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.