The Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) program celebrated its 20th birthday today. The SMILE Program is a partnership between Oregon State University and 14 Oregon school districts — mostly rural — to provide science and math enrichment for underrepresented and other educationally underserved students in grades 4-12. Part of OSUâ€™s College of Education, the SMILE program has grown from serving 80 students in four middle schools in 1988 to serving over 700 students and 66 teachers in 35 schools.
A celebration was held in the Memorial Union and was attended by President Ed Ray, SMILE Program Director Eda Davis-Butts, and many other OSU Faculty and Staff. Congratulations to the SMILE crew! Check out this statement on the SMILE Program by President Ray:
We must, as an institution and a nation, make sure we provide the opportunities, education, and means to attain social and economic success for all people commensurate with their abilities.
The SMILE Program provides learning opportunities in the fields of science and math to underrepresented and educationally underserved students. Students from grades 4th to 12th participate in hands-on activities that inspire student success.
As teachers and administrators, we must provide our students with the critical skills they need in these areas. We are especially proud of SMILEâ€™s achievements.
Dr. Edward J. Ray
President, Oregon State University