School Year Programs: High School (9-12)
A nonprofit community-based program, offering enriched educational opportunities, especially in science, math, and technology to middle and high school students. Classes are taught by experts in the community and held at the host business, college, or agency. STEM Academy is open to all motivated students and offers classes and programs all year long. STEM Academy programs include the Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) program, the Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math (AWSEM) program, SA Engineering Camp, Lego Robotics Workshops, and a Science Mentorship program.
Contact: Cathy Law, 541-737-1822 email
KidSpirit Youth Programs
KidSpirit, which is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Sciences, offers year-round programs for children ages 2 years through high school. School year programs include recreational gymnastics and Girls on the Run, a curriculum based running program for girls grades 3-8. During the summer, KidSpirit offers a Summer Day Camp which has programs designed for grades K-12. Specialty programs in the summer include SKIES (Spirited Kids in Engineering and Sciences), Chefs in Motion, Pottery, First Aid and CPR training, and Rock Climbing. KidSpirit also offers parties year round, options include gym games, gymnastics, archery, swimming, or your own customized birthday blast!
Contact: KidSpirit 541-737-KIDS(5437) email
College Credit for High School Students
High school students can start their college career early while helping meet high school graduation requirements. This program allows high schools students the opportunity to earn transferable college credits, start a college transcript, and complete these courses in the comfort of their own environment. These online courses, taken through OSU Extended Campus, are offered in almost every subject area. Contact: Ecampus, 800-667-1465, email
4-H Youth Development
4-H helps young people learn and grow through an intentional process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion, and character. Currently, more than 100,000 young people across Oregon participate in 4-H. Leadership and oversight of 4-H at the local level is provided by a faculty member of Oregon State University who lives or works in the community they serve. The work of 4-H is accomplished through a network of 5000 volunteers, parents, and paid staff who conduct learning experiences in out-of-school, after-school, and in-school settings.
Contact: Pati Craven 541-737-1324 email
Hatfield Marine Science Center Education Programs
Hatfield offers programs for Preschool through High school, from summer day camps to hands on labs and field activities during the school year.
Contact: Kathryn Hawes 541-867-0233 email
STEPs: Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships
The STEPs program is a K-12 science outreach program whose mission is to support and improve science, math, health, and engineering education for K-12 teachers and students throughout the state of Oregon. STEPs fulfills its mission by offering professional development workshops in all areas of science, loaning classroom sets of equipment related to workshop topics, assisting school districts with STEM curriculum materials development, publishing curriculum on-line, hosting family math and science nights and science outreach events in communities and hosting high school science class visits at Oregon State University
Contact: Kari van Zee, email
The Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences Program (SMILE)
A pre-college program for historically underrepresented and other educationally under served students in Oregon. This program focuses on college recruitment through science and math enrichment.
Contact: Ryan Collay email
Wave Research Laboratory Tours
The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory strives to expose students of all ages to engineering and research with programs such as guided tours though the wave lab. These tours, guided by knowledgeable faculty, and graduate students, include an introduction to basic wave mechanics, demonstrations of the wave lab equipment and experiments being conducted in the laboratory. Tours can range from 20-45 min and the WRL will work with teachers to develop meaningful and exciting lesson plans for the tour.
Contact: Alicia Lyman-Holt 541-737-3665 email
The Department of Chemistry has an active program to bring chemistry to the local community. Through the Outreach Committee, opportunities are available to tour labs, do hands-on experiments, and have chemistry faculty and students to bring chemistry to schools.
Contact: Margie Haak 541-737-6716 email
Recruitment and Retention of Women and Minorities in Engineering
Committed to bringing more woman and minorities to OSU to become tomorrow's engineers through our three pronged approach of Recruitment, Retention and Research. Activities include K-12 school visits, sponsoring teacher/career counselor workshops, OSU Engineering tours, developing lesson plans for K-12 classes.
Contact: Ellen Momsen, (541) 737-9699 email
Oregon Space Grant
OSGC maintains a diverse array of programs to support space science and engineering education from middle school through graduate school. Through educational and community outreach opportunities, Oregon Space Grant aims to help develop a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base at all educational levels.
Contact: Catherine Lanier, 541-737-9944 email
InnerCity Youth Institute
A collaborative partnership of the Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Bureau of Land Management, and OSU 4-H Youth Development. Through school year activities based in Portland, and summer programs at the Salem 4-H Center and OSU campus, the Inner City Youth Institute encourages Portland youth to explore higher education and careers in the natural sciences. The Inner City Youth Institute promotes safe outdoor learning environments, and creates unique mentorship opportunities with natural resource professionals.
Contact: Alice Philips, 503-821-1125 email
Ambassadors for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources
Undergraduate ambassadors from the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry lend support by traveling to high schools throughout the state to make presentations; attending on-campus recruiting events, professional conferences, industry and alumni events; hosting students and parents who visit campus; and contacting prospective students.
Contact: College of Agricultural Sciences-Academic Programs Office, 541-737-2211
Intercultural Student Services Outreach
The primary foci of the American Indian Initiatives, Asian & Pacific Islander American Student Services, Casa Latina/o de OSU, and the Ujima Education Office is the access and retention of traditionally underrepresented students at Oregon State University. ISS performs culturally sensitive and specific outreach and recruitment to underrepresented precollege students who represent 100% of our target ethnic communities.
Contact: Alison Davis-White Eyes, 541-737-4383 email
The annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a tournament-style academic competition designed to challenge and recognize students' knowledge of math, science, and social science in the context of the oceans. OSU hosts a one-day regional competition in February before the two-day final national competition among high school teams. Categories include the biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, and economics of the world's oceans, as well as navigation, geography, and ocean-related current events.