College Connection

for SMILE Club Students


College Connection brings SMILE club students onto college campuses and builds a strong connection between the students and higher education. College students serve as mentors/coaches for the Challenge events, providing support and encouragement for the Challenge, as well as sharing their experiences as a college student. Students learn about careers they want to pursue and familiarize themselves with life on a college campus. Students go into classrooms and labs and learn about academic programs and meet college students and faculty. College Connection events are paired with engineering and ocean sciences challenges.

   2020 DATES

Elementary/Middle School Challenge Days (regional)
  • Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande, OR  CANCELLED
  • Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls, OR  CANCELLED
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR  CANCELLED


High School Clubs College Connection and Challenge
  • OSU and WOU campuses  CANCELLED

Previous College Connection Events

Elementary School Event is a one-day event where students come together to participate in STEM activities on campus and in labs, and experience life on a college campus first-hand.

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Middle School Challenge is a one-day event where students came together to solve a STEM-based problem and experience life on a college campus first-hand.

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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.

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