middle school students building structures from pasta and candy at the challenge event

WHAT IS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CHALLENGE?
SMILE's Middle School Challenge is a two-day event where students from the SMILE clubs across the state come together to solve a STEM-based problem.  The Challenge event is held on the first day at Western Oregon University. The second day students go to Oregon State University to tour campus, experience life on a college campus first hand, as well as see labs and research being done. Students also participate in lessons on bioenergy.

THIS YEAR'S CHALLENGE
Student teams will be challenged to develop a prosthetic arm to perform two tasks. See the video from the 2016-17 Mechanical Engineering Team, Mechanical Hand Prototype 1 Video.

  • Challenge Event 1: March 8-9, 2017
  • Challenge Event 2: March 9-10, 2017

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR'S CHALLENGE

Read a story about the 2016 Middle School Challenge and view the Photo Book for more images of the event.