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. Students write technical papers about their projects that are submitted in advace of the even for review and acceptance into the conference. Event day entries include three-dimensional posters and PowerPoint presentations. Projects are evaluated by industry experts. Students with projects earning a superior rating will receive a prize. Projects completed by high school juniors and 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.
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."
High school seniors may be eligible to compete for various college scholarship awards. We are currently working to secure scholarships for the 2015 event.
The STEMposium 2014 scholarships included:
- 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 Engineering - $3,000 over two years
- 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 - $2,000 and ability to renew three additional years
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.