The Spokane STEMposium is a one-day event that provides middle and high school students the opportunity to present their STEM projects in a conference setting. Projects are evaluated by industry experts. Students with projects earning a superior rating will receive a prize. Projects completed by high school sophmores, juniors or seniors may be eligible to compete for college scholarships.
The Spokane STEMposium is designed to:
1. Encourage students to do real scientific investigations or explore engineering concepts and inventions.
2. Provide students a forum to share their projects with their peers.
3. Create a setting of presentations and poster exhibits where students learn from each other about real life issues and concrete actions they can use to address these issues.
4. Enable students, through their active participation, to demonstrate their mastery of the WA State Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) Next Gen Science Standards.
5. Complete culminating projects for seniors if applicable.
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors may be eligible to compete for various college scholarship awards. The STEMposium is currently securing scholarships from regional colleges and universities. Available scholarships include:
- Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation STEM Scholarship - $1,000
- EWU College of Engineering, Health and Science - $3,000
- U of I College of Ag & Life Sciences - $1,000
- U of I College of Science - $3,000 over two years
- WSU College of Science - one $2,000 and one $1,000
- WSU College of Engineering - $3,000 over two years
Portions of the money raised from conference sponsorships is used to award teachers and students. This is dependent on amount of money raised, conference expenses, amount of schools participating and number of superior projects awarded.
1. Schools that participate in the conference may receive a monetary contribution for their classes STEM department needs.
2. Students with superior projects may receive a gift card.
3. Funding resources are available for student transportation and substitute teacher fees for participating teachers.
4. Monetary award amounts depend upon the amount raised in conference sponsorships and are subject to change year-to-year.
Present a project at the Spokane STEMposium – either as an individual or in a group (maximum four students per group, scholarship competition doesn't allow group projects):
1. Session Presenter: Share your project using a PowerPoint or a video.
2. Poster Exhibitor: Create a display of your environmental project to showcase during the conference "poster session."
Coordinators for the Spokane STEMposium consist of scientists, engineers, communicators and educators. Please visit the Contact Us page for more information.
The Spokane STEMposium is the product of merging several programs in the region - Spokane Youth Environmental Conference (SYEC), Inland NW Science Symposium, and Project Lead The Way.
The SYEC was a recipient of the 2009 Science Education Advocate Award: Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER). Funds from the award help off-set substitute and transportation costs for WA teachers to participate in the conference.