While the foundation of the SMILE Program is partnerships with school districts and their communities, we also depend on working with other organizations and individuals to deliver afterschool programming to our target audience effectively and efficiently. The mix of SMILE’s partnerships aligns with grant funding to deliver activities for elementary, middle and high schools, as well as teacher professional development. As a result, every school year, SMILE’s out-of-school programming is different.
OSU Bioenergy Education Initiative: results include new Bioenergy curricula and activities designed for teacher professional development, afterschool SMILE clubs, and a Summer Bridge Into College program for first year students entering OSU. A consortium of six universities and two industry partners are working together to establish a sustainable biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. This project is supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) is carrying out research and development to support a system for growing and converting hardwoods, such as hybrid poplars, into liquid biofuels.
The Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University: grant funding for our teacher professional development workshops; and WOU has provided facilities and services for our College Connection events.
OSU SMILE Engineering Projects: SMILE supported three Mechanical Engineering seniors' capstone project which was a Rube Goldberg machine. The team members demonstrated their completed Rube Goldberg machine for middle school teachers at the SMILE Mid-Year's Teacher Workshop.
Donna Rainboth and Eastern Oregon University: provided services and facilities for a regional College Connection event.
Andrew Clum and Southern Oregon University: provided services and facilities for a regional College Connection event.
Portland Community College: provided facilities and services for a regional College Connection event.
Dr. Ted Strub, PI on an Oregon State University grant from National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: funds provided to SMILE supported the High School Ocean Sciences College Connection event. Funds have also provided support for teacher stipends and club materials.
College Access Challenge Grant: provided funds for a short term outcome assessment project using data SMILE has collected, in order to understand how and why the program has been effective.
Dr. SueAnn Bottoms and College of Education students provided services for Family Math & Science Nights held in Corvallis schools. Here is an article from LIFE@OSU about this partnership.
Dr. Shawn Rowe: provided funding for Ph.D students to work part-time with the SMILE Program developing the High School Ocean Sciences College Connection event curricula and activities.
Fred W. Fields Foundation provided unsolicited funds at the mid-year point of a tough fiscal year (FY13), and this contribution made College Connection events possible for our elementary and middle school clubs.
Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC): grant funds have provided critical support for our middle school clubs, and engineering curricula and activities.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute: funds supported Elementary Outdoor Science Adventure Camps at the 4-H Center in Salem, OR. Also, funded a Summer Bridge program.
Within Oregon State University: Dr. Dan Arp, College of Education, College of Earth Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the College of Science.