This spring, middle and high school Oregonians will be given the opportunity to win significant scholarships by presenting their original scientific
research at the Central Western Oregon Science Exposition (CWOSE), March 12 and 13 on the campus of Western Oregon University. Everyone
is encouraged to attend at no cost, including parents, teachers, friends and brothers and sisters.
The two-day event is the most rigorous student science and humanities meeting in the state and includes three presentation forums. Participants may compete as individuals or in a group; showing their project in any field of science, technology, math, computer science and the humanities.
Middle and high school students from throughout the state will make oral presentations at the Oregon Junior Academy of Sciences and Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Students from the Willamette Valley and central coast may present a poster at the Regional Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Participation in the regional ISEF is mandatory
for students intending to present at the Northwest Science Expo in Portland. Top presenters from each forum receive scholarships and the opportunity to present at national and international meetings.
The goal of CWOSE is to provide a statewide academic seminar for student scientists, WOU Geology Professor and CWOSE organizer, Jeff Myers, said. It provides funding opportunities, mentorship and a statewide student community that responds to Oregon’s critical need for technology, pre-engineering and basic science education.
There will be two keynote speakers on hand. On Friday, March 12, Marcia Whitaker-Fiamengo, a member of the NASA-sponsored Microgravity flight team and nuclear engineer major at Oregon State University, will address the Junior Academy Group. On Saturday, March 13, renowned environmental engineer David Orr will present a keynote address at 2 p.m. at the Werner University
Center. Orr is best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design and sustainable living.
Additional activities centered around science and engineering education include the following:
• Segway demonstration and rides
• Computer disassembly
• BioDiesel manufacturing
• Microbiology workshops
• "Fun Science and Engineering Accomplishments" forum and lab experience
• "Aquatic Insects as Indicators of Watershed Condition" presentation and forum
• Technology industries representatives
• Workshops by the U.S. Air Force and other military branches
• University engineering and science program representatives
• Science and engineering education forum
The forum also makes it possible for students, teachers and mentors from all parts of the state to participate in nationally and internationally sponsored science forums.
The ultimate goal of CWOSE is to generate ongoing communication among middle and high school students; their teachers and parents; representatives of academia, government, and industry on science/technology and social issues that impact all regions of the state, Myers said.
Click here for more information on the Central Western Oregon Science Expo or call Jeff Myers at 503-838-8365.