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ENVISION, BELIEVE & SUCCEED!

Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) is a precollege program at Oregon State University (OSU). Our SMILE Clubs are rural after-school programs that: 

  • Help minority students, students who are from low income households, and those who would be the first in their families to go to college gain STEM skills
  • Engages 4-12 grade students statewide in science, math and engineering year round
  • Provides professional development to a community of teachers

SMILE clubs and events engage students in STEM activities that incorporate art, design and communication, and contribute to creative and innovative problem solving. The weekly afterschool club meetings are also testing grounds for teachers to introduce, evaluate and adapt new activities for their regular classrooms.

Additionally, we support community projects linked to STEM research. For example, we have recently supported the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network's astronomy project at Madras High School. 

For 29 years SMILE has been working to serve Oregon's underrepresented students. Our work has been recognized thoughout the years. Most recently, we were the Together for Tomorrow Challenge winner for the 2012 - 2013 school year. The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service also recognized the sustained support our community partnerships provide to struggling schools.

To learn more about the program, download the SMILE College Access Challenge Book.