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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.
Student teams were 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.
More than 300 SMILE Club students joined in the Middle School Challenge March 8-10 at Western Oregon University and Oregon State University.