Students at high school challenge testing bioplastic film for starchWHAT IS THE HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE?
SMILE's High School Challenge is a two-day event where students from the SMILE clubs across the state come together to work through a complex STEM-based problem.  The event is held on both the Western Oregon University and Oregon State University campuses. This event also provides students an opportunity to experience life on a college campus first hand and see labs and research being done.

Read a feature story about the 2016 High School Challenge.

Click to see a Photo Album of the 2016 event.

In this year's Challenge, students will learn how advances in technology are creating more sustainable communities and then apply that knowledge to try to survive new and more unforgiving habitats in the interactive, team-based game Exoplanet 1061! The Challenge will take place over two days. The first day is at Western Oregon University and the second day students will be at both WOU and Oregon State University.
Challenge Day 1: April 27, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. (WOU)

Challenge Day 2: April 28, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.-10:30 am (WOU); 11:40 a.m. - 4:30 pm (OSU)

Information letter
Chaperone letter
Participant expecations
Oregon Military Academy procedures
Western Oregon University map
Oregon State University map
Acknowledgement of Risk and Waiver of Liability - English
Acknowledgement of Risk and Waiver of Liability - Spanish

We are looking for OSU students to volunteer to be team mentors for the Challenge Days. Mentors will help encourage small groups of high school students as they work through the Challenge. The time commitment for volunteers is a one-hour training the week before the Challenge, plus commitment to at least one of the two Challenge days. Transportation to Western Oregon University will be provided.

Contact: to sign up or learn more details.