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Office of Precollege Programs

Skip Rochefort, Executive Director,

SueAnn Bottoms, Director Precollege and SMILE Program,, 541-737-8262

Cathy Law, Director STEM Academy,, 541-737-1822

Dennis Hickey, TAG Programs Coordinator,, 541-737-2403

Emily Nicholson, Program Coordinator,, 541-737-9424

Kami Hammerschmith, Administrative Program Assistant,, 541-737-0534


General Information: 541-737-9424

OSU’s Precollege Programs offers a variety of on- and off-campus academic programs designed to enhance learning and introduce youth to the college community. During the summer months and throughout the academic year, K–12 students participate in programs that range from several hours to several weeks. Our Precollege Programs provide compelling experiences and stimulating learning environments for a diverse group of students.

Oregon 4-H

Offers a variety of educational opportunities for youths in grades K through 12. The program is part of the OSU Extension Service and is active in all Oregon counties. Opportunities for leadership development, community service, and learning about topics as diverse as natural resource management, foods and fibers, animal science, and engineering abound. All 4-H educational activities are designed to help participants develop lifelong skills that will prepare them for future success. To learn more about local opportunities, contact the OSU Extension office in your county or call the State 4-H Office at 541-737-4444 (HHHH).

TAG Programs

Specifically designed academic and social experiences for gifted, talented, and high-ability youth.

Adventures in Learning

Combines stimulating academic and social opportunities in a fun-filled 10-day experience exposing participants to exciting and sophisticated areas of interest not usually available during the regular school year. The program is designed for gifted, talented and high-ability learners who have completed grades 5 or 6 and who are interested in fast-paced, challenging opportunities.


Provides gifted, talented, and high-ability youth who have completed grades 3 or 4 a two-week, half-day educational experience with courses taught by experts in a variety of topics. Students are introduced to engaging, intriguing subjects in an enjoyable and nurturing environment.

Outside the Box

Enables gifted, talented, and high-ability youth who have completed grades 7 or 8 to pursue topics of interest through a unique combination of in-depth, challenging academic explorations and social interaction with intellectual peers. Program participants can anticipate excitement, discovery, and challenge in the program’s offerings which are designed specifically to address their interests and abilities.

Winter Wonderings

Offers a variety of challenging Saturday courses designed specifically for gifted, talented, and high-ability 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Participants discover new and exciting areas of study in a fast-paced learning environment with their social and intellectual peers.

OSU KidSpirit Summer Day Camps

Sponsored by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, is an innovative youth summer day camp program, offered Monday–Friday for children grades K through 12. Youth may attend morning, afternoon, or all day sessions. Programs are based on grade levels. All activities are coeducational. All abilities are welcome! Group leaders will help in classes and escort children to activity areas. Head instructors plan, organize and lead activities.

Junior Beavers

Grades K through 2, have an established daily program with variations in class offerings from session to session, including skill development and supplementation in recreational sports, art and educational classes.

Dam Builders

Grades 3 through 5, choose the groups of classes that they take from session to session. Classes to choose from include athletics, drama, art, science, music, computers and lots more!

Duck Busters

Grades 6 through 8, choose all of their classes from session to session. Their classes are designed for their age group and skills. Classes include biking, rock climbing, triathlon, art, inventions and lots more!

Teen Leadership Camp

Grades 9 through 12, is for teens who want to develop their leadership skills by working with youth. They will be facilitated by a coordinator, become certified in First-Aid and Adult and Child CPR, and work directly with the KidSpirit campers by assisting group leaders and head instructors.

Counselors in Training

Grades 9 through 12, “CIT” is for teens who want to develop their leadership skills by working with youth, but will work with group leaders and head instructors. CIT teens will have more responsibilities and will be given more leadership opportunities.

Girls on the Run of the Willamette Valley

Girls on the Run, is a life-changing experiential learning program for girls in grades 3–5 and 6–8, that combines training for a 5K event with self-esteem enhancing work-outs. The fun, interactive curriculum is designed to educate and prepare preteen girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

KidSpirit Sport Programs

KidSpirit offers a variety of recreation classes throughout the summer for participants ages 2–18. Classes include gymnastics, archery, and tennis. Each of our programs focus on obtaining basic skill sets while learning to interact with other participants in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

High School Journalism Institute

Co-hosted by OSU and The Oregonian, this camp seeks to nurture budding journalists underrepresented in the field. With guidance from professionals in the field, participants use real journalism skills to report and photograph a 32-page newspaper, as well as blog and produce multimedia pieces for The Oregonian's website. They will learn the value of making a difference by covering multiple perspectives in the news. Students must apply and be selected to participate in the eight-day, no-cost institute.

Campus Field Trips Program

The Office of Precollege Programs hosts middle and high school visits to Oregon State University during the school year. Teachers and group leaders are encouraged to plan visits to explore careers, experience OSU, or enhance current curriculum. Register to request a visit using the Precollege website at

STEM Academy@OSU

STEM Academy@OSU offers educational enrichment opportunities that provide youth a direct connection to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Programs include after-school girls’ science and engineering clubs, summer day camps, workshops, and outreach programs. Classes are small, hands-on, informal, project-oriented, and open to all interested students. Tuition costs vary, depending on the program or activity.

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Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY)

SESEY is primarily for high school girls and ethnic minorities traditionally under-represented in science and engineering, and for science, math, or physics teachers who are interested in developing curricular materials to promote engineering activities in their classrooms.

Students come to the OSU campus for a one-week residential summer camp and are paired with a faculty mentor in engineering for a mini-research project in areas such as microscale technologies, plastics recycling, drug formulation and delivery, bioprocessing, microelectronics, and environmental engineering. There are also group learning activities (computer instruction, communication skills, field trips) and social activities. Students are exposed to science and engineering as viable and interesting career paths. Career counseling is provided by faculty mentors and OSU graduate and undergraduate students who work with the students throughout the week as research project advisors and friends. Students live in OSU housing, so they receive a complete college experience. For more information, contact Skip Rochefort,

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Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) Program

SueAnn Bottoms, Director
18 Gladys Valley Center

OSU’s SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) Program collaborates with 15 school districts and charter school partners in Oregon to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority, low-income, and other educationally underserved students who graduate from high school prepared to go on to college and pursue careers in math, science, engineering, health professions, and teaching. More than 700 students and 60 teachers in 38 schools across the state participated in SMILE last year. The program functions as a pipeline that takes students from 4th to 12th grade and on to postsecondary education in STEM programs and careers.

SMILE provides a comprehensive program of science and math enrichment and college readiness through weekly after-school clubs, field trips, on-campus college-connection challenge activities, a bridge-to-college summer program for SMILE graduates entering OSU, and professional development for classroom teachers serving as SMILE Club advisors.

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Additional Youth Programs:

Bug Zoo

The Oregon State University Bug Zoo is a student group interested in educating its members, other students and the public about the joys and importance of insects, other arthropods and reptiles and amphibians. Bug Zoo educates through live displays and hands-on activities. For more information, contact Sujaya Rao, 541-737-9038, email: Website:

Discovery Days

Discovery Days is an outreach program involving many of the science departments at OSU as well as departments and schools from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Engineering. This two-day event, held in both the fall and spring terms, features displays and hands-on activities from different departments that are suitable for all ages. For more information, contact Margie Haak, 541-737-6716, email: Website:

Education/K–12 Outreach/Chemistry Outreach

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. For more information, contact Margie Haak, 541-737-6716, email: Website:

Healthy Youth Program at the Linus Pauling Institute

The Healthy Youth Program provides educational programs with hands-on activities to children (preschool–grade 12) highlighting the importance of healthful eating and physical activity. Our vegetable gardens provide fresh produce for all our programs, and link a healthy and active lifestyle with a sustainable environment. Contact: Casey Bennett, Program Coordinator, Healthy Youth Program, Linus Pauling Institute, 307 Linus Pauling Science Center, Corvallis OR 97331. Email:; 541-737-8014. Website:

Summer Day Camps

Chefs in the Garden: Ages 6–8 years. Children learn how to grow their own food, explore new recipes and fun ways to eat healthful foods, cook and eat lunch together in the garden, and learn how a healthy environment is part of a healthy lifestyle. They also get involved in environmental science activities, arts & crafts, and plenty of physical activities.

Junior Master Chefs: Ages 8–11 years. Children harvest fresh produce from the Pauling Pride Garden and engage all their senses as they explore and prepare a variety of recipes. They learn about kitchen safety, are exposed to various culinary techniques, eat lunch together, and engage in physical activity games outdoors.

Master Chefs: Grades 6th–8th. Youth explore and prepare recipes from around the world and end the week with a cooking competition. They harvest fresh produce from the nearby Pauling Pride Garden. Youth develop teambuilding skills, learn about kitchen safety, experiment with new foods, and learn various culinary techniques.

Classes During the School Year

Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids: Ages 6–11 years. Youth learn basic nutrition, cooking, and kitchen safety skills and engage all their senses as they explore nutritious recipes and prepare meals together. They work together in small groups to prepare two to three recipes at each class. Recipes incorporate seasonal produce, often harvested from the nearby Spartan Garden.

Master Chefs: Grades 6th–8th. Middle school students explore and prepare recipes from different parts of the world. In the last class of the session, students participate in a cooking competition with a judging panel. Participants develop teambuilding skills, learn about kitchen safety, and experiment with new foods and various culinary techniques.

Afterschool Garden Clubs: Grades K–12. Garden clubs are offered at Lincoln Elementary School, Linus Pauling Middle School, and Corvallis High School.

Healthy Sprouts: Preschool children with their parent. Preschool children and their parents listen to stories, engage in fun educational games, learn about the world around them, and get involved with arts & crafts and physical activity games to prepare them for kindergarten. During each class the children, together with their parents, prepare and enjoy a healthy and nutritious snack.

Inner City Youth Institute (ICYI)

ICYI is a collaborative partnership among the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences, the US Forest Service and Pacific Northwest Research Station. The program encourages urban youth to explore careers in natural resources, attain higher education in natural resource careers and understand the interrelationships between the use of natural resources, the people who use them and the land that sustains their community. For more information, visit or contact Stacey Sowders, Program 4-H ICYI Program Coordinator: 503-821-1125.

Oregon Wood Magic™

Oregon Wood Magic™ is a 2 hour 45 minute interactive experience designed to educate elementary school teachers and their students about the wonders of wood as a material. For more information, visit or call Michelle Maller, 541-737-4259, Wood Magic Coordinator,

OSU Summer Veterinary Experience

The OSU Summer Veterinary Experience is a hands-on learning experience for academically talented, low-income and minority high school students interested in veterinary medicine. Mentors and instructors will work with each student to discover and explore her or his talents and understanding of the basic sciences, animal and human health, and social sciences. For more information, visit or contact Tess Collins, 541-737-6985,

Pet Day and Open House

Pet Day and Open House provides outreach and information about veterinary science, and careers in veterinary science and animal care. It is open to the general public the first Saturday in May at Magruder Hall on campus. For more information, contact Lyn Smith-Gloria,, 541-737-3844. Website:

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. For more information, contact Ellen Momsen, 541-737-9699, email: Website:

Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships (STEPs)

Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships (STEPs) The STEPs program is a STEM outreach program at Oregon State University which strives to enhance 6–12 science, math, health, and engineering education by forging collaborative partnerships between Oregon scientists, teachers, and students. This goal is accomplished through activities such as teacher workshops, science events for students, and classroom equipment loans. Website: For more information, Kari van Zee,

Suitcase Oceanography

Suitcase Lessons are portable modules for K–6 students based on the FOSS science curriculum. They are designed with complete materials and instructions so any member of the OSU oceanography faculty, graduate student, or a scientist working at an oceanography institute can go to a classroom and successfully present the lessons. These kits can be checked out from CEOAS. Outreach opportunities include developing more lessons or creating suitcase lessons of your own. For more information, contact Marta Torres, 541-737-2902, email: Website:

Wave Research Laboratory Tours

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory (HWRL) strives to expose students to engineering and research through guided tours of the wave lab. The tours include an introduction to coastal engineering, demonstrations of the wave lab equipment and experiments being conducted in the laboratory, connecting these concepts to the State of Oregon Teaching standards for Middle and High school students. Tours can range from 30 to 60 minutes. For more information, contact Alicia Lyman-Holt, 541-737-3665, email: Website:

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