STEM Outreach

The Youngstown State University STEM College is actively involved in several community outreach programs to promote STEM Education and support regional economic development.

The STEM College actively participates in the Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education, through which STEM College faculty and staff join with area educators, business persons and civic and nonprofit leaders to foster significantly better outcomes for students at each educational level in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. YSU STEM College supports the Regional College in High School program, along with Youngstown Early Collegein collaboration with the Youngstown City Schools.

The annual “Summer Bridge” program provides on-campus learning experience with emphasis on Mathematics training for local high school students.

Student participation in these events is encouraged!

  • MathFest

    The Youngstown State department of Mathematics and Statistics sponsors the YSU MathFest every October. The purpose of this one day event is to bring together over three hundred high school students from Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to celebrate the beauty and power of mathematics.

  • Penguin Bowl

    The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a competition for high school students on topics related to the study of the oceans. It is a round robin, double-elimination academic tournament consisting of written and oral questions about the oceans and Great Lakes. It is managed by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, which represents 92 oceanographic institutions, universities and aquaria. TheNOSB was first conducted in 1998 in honor of the International Year of the Ocean.

    High school students organize teams of five students (four players and one alternate) and a coach to compete in the Penguin Bowl regional competition at either Youngstown State University (odd-numbered years) or the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (even-numbered years) on a Saturday in February (or early March). The first-place winners from the Penguin Bowl and 24 other regional competitions will meet in April in a coastal city for the national championship. Round-trip transportation and room & board are paid by the NOSB! Field trips during the Finals are also provided to contestants. For more information, visit the website.

  • MathCounts

    MathCounts is a competition for students in middle school to apply their mathematical knowledge in a fun environment. The event is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The competition consists of several different events for the students to compete and be recognized for their math skills.

  • Physics Olympics

    A gathering of high school students taking part in competition designed to strengthen the mind, to demonstrate physics in applied settings and to have fun.

    More information on the Physics Olympics website

  • STEM College Showcase

    The STEM Showcase is an annual event highlighting our students and the projects they have worked hard on all year. During the event, you will have the opportunity to interact with the students and find out more about their work. You will also have the chance to tour some of our facilities. Staff and faculty will be around to answer any questions you have about YSU STEM. Prospective students who attend the showcase could win up to $1000 in scholarship money by completing a short survey at the event. Don't miss out!

    More information on the STEM College Showcase website

  • Penguin Regatta

    The Penguin Regatta is a cardboard canoe race that allows students the opportunity to design, build, and race their best ideas in an annual competition. The event is held in May of each year in the Olympic pool in the Beeghly Physical and Recreation Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. The Penguin Regatta gives high school students the opportunity to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts in a real-world situation. Find out how you can get involved here!

  • Lake to River

    Lake-to-River Science Day is one of 16 regional science fairs in Ohio that are sanctioned by the Ohio Academy of Science. The region represented by the Lake-to-River district comprises Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties. Science Day is an annual event sponsored by Youngstown State University, regional businesses, and civic organizations. Each year Science Day attracts hundreds of science research project entries from public, private, and parochial students in grades 5 through 12.

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