Middle School Challenge

On-Campus STEM Activities

WHAT IS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CHALLENGE?

In 2020, SMILE will hold regional Middle School Challenges in Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. 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.

   2020 Dates

  • Eastern Oregon Challenge at Eastern Oregon University CANCELLED

  • Southern Oregon Challenge at Oregon Tech CANCELLED

  • Willamette Valley Challenge at Oregon State University CANCELLED

Previous Middle School Challenge Dates

In 2019, SMILE held regional Middle School Challenges in Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Middle School Challenge was a one-day event. Due to climate change and over population, humans are leaving Earth to colonize Rare Air 23, a nearby planet that can support life.  Learning about food modification techniques teams needed to create viable food sources for Rare Air 23 and feed the quickly growing human population.

  • Eastern Oregon Challenge: Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Eastern Oregon University
  • Southern Oregon Challenge: Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Southern Oregon University
  • Willamette Valley Challenge: Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Oregon State University

In 2018, SMILE held regional Middle School Challenges in Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Middle School Challenge was a one-day event where students came together to solve a STEM-based problem and experience life on a college campus first-hand. The Challenge focused around the Edison Robots clubs were provided at the Winter Teacher Workshop.

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

In 2017, SMILE's Middle School Challenge was held as a two-day event where students from the SMILE clubs across the state come together to solve a STEM-based problem.  On the first day, the Challenge event was held at Western Oregon University. The second day students went to Oregon State University to tour campus, experience life on a college campus, as well as see labs and research being done. Students also participated in lessons on bioenergy. During this Challenge event, student teams were challenged to develop a prosthetic arm to perform two tasks.

View Photos   2016-17 Mechanical Hand Prototype 1 Video

Read a story about the 2016 Middle School Challenge and check out photos from the event!

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