Local educators have had success with these programs:
Destination Imagination Challenge Program
Destination ImaginationTeam Challenges are designed to teach students the creative process. DI is often run as an after-school program or incorporated into a school's electives curriculum. Each season takes place from September through May. For students in grades K-12.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrowcontest challenges students to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their local communities. 250 state finalists will be selected to submit an activity plan. Help students give back to the community, spark a passion for STEM subjects, build critical thinking and leadership skills, and win tech and class materials for your school. For students in grades 6-12.
Gorge Wind Challenge
Gorge Wind Challengeis brought to the Gorge by the Gorge Tech Alliance, Columbia Gorge Community College, and Google. Teams of students learn about wind turbine tech and design, and apply their skills in an all-day competition to build, test, and present their wind turbine models to a group of judges. Prizes are awarded to winning teams. For students in middle school and high school.
If you try one of these, let us know how it goes!
Future City Competition
Future City holds an annual competition that gives kids the chance to research real-world problems, design innovative solutions, engage in student-led learning, and strengthen teamwork skills.
For students in grades 6-8.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Competition
ExploraVision Competitionis a science competition engaging groups of 2-4 students to simulate real research and development. A teacher guides his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. For students in grades K-12.
Broadcom MASTERS Competition
Broadcom MASTERSis the preeminent national middle school science and engineering competition in the US and the world. Students are invited to compete in the program by entering their science and engineering projects at regional and state Society-affiliate fairs. Affiliated fairs are available in the Portland Metro area and Bend. For students in middle school.
Conrad Challengeis an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that encourages young adults to leave their mark on the world. Each year, teams of 2-5 students from around the globe create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. For students ages 13-18.
Technology Student Association Competitions
Technology Student Associationhosts an annual conference where students can compete in a variety of competitions in coding, design, robotics, tech, and more. For students in middle school and high school.