Since rural students have fewer opportunities to experience hands-on STEM activites, mobile STEM camps were developed to reach out to rural students throught Oregon. Two-day camps are offered throughout Oregon for local youth focusing on STEM activities and skills.
Through the use of technology and near-peer mentoring, volunteer students from Oregon State University each academic term connect with underserved K-12 classrooms, community colleges, non-profit organization, and community partners across Oregon. The main focus is to reach rural and underrepresented populations.
Science & Engineering in the Lives of Students (SELS) has the objective of designing an augmentation to teaching science to address pressing issues in science education that affect a majority of school age youth. The SELS website examines science in the built environments in which we live, work, and spend leisure time. The site is for students taking science in school, teachers who work with those students, or anyone who is curious about how science is “used” in everyday life.
The purpose of the Migrant Student Leadership Institute is to build leadership skills in Oregon migrant students as well as to expose them to college life and encourage students to attend college, which for many of the migrant students, represent the first ones in their families to attend college. Also, students are encouraged to promote their leadership and self-esteem, but also to concentrate on giving and choosing a service project back in their communities.
TEAM Tox is comprised of students and post-docs affiliated with the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology department who combine their efforts to facilitate K-12 educators, introduce kids and teenagers to science and encourage all to pursue higher education.
See the latest research and education at Oregon State University. Demos and activities for all ages, from across disciplines, including chemical and bio-engineering, forestry, geosciences, and oceanic and atmospheric sciences.
YEBW’s college-accredited programs apply textbook theory to real world situations. Students reside in Weatherford Hall and experience the value of business skills for any occupation. Participants are placed in mock companies and are given the opportunity to lead their peers as the CEO, crunch numbers as part of the finance team, or develop a marketing plan to skyrocket their sales. They learn business and investing strategies, develop leadership skills, and are inspired to network and prepare for their future.
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal program that promotes college readiness for low-income students in rural locations. OSU partners with the Sweet Home GEAR UP cluster to provide annual summer camps that integrate science and engineering project-based activities, reinforce college planning curriculum and provide an inspiring on-campus experience to students.
COSEY has developed a library of project-based activity kits with a sustainability theme that will be used to engage 6th-8th grade students in multi-day summer camps to be held in communities throughout Oregon during the summer. Camp activities are rich with possibilities, including a mock oil spill activity in which students test substances that can remove oil from water, a homemade solar panel lesson in which student use titanium dioxide and berry juice to generate an electrical current, a computer design lesson in which students use innovative software to create a "green" dream home, and much more. The outreach program is partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H programs, Oregon GEAR UP programs, and other extracurricular and summer camp organizations to expand opportunities in science and engineering education to diverse students across the state, focusing on programs with a track record for serving rural and underserved students.