Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences


Envision, Believe & Succeed!

OSU SMILE ClubScience & Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) is a precollege program at Oregon State University (OSU). Our SMILE Clubs are rural after-school programs that:

  • Help minority students, students who are from low income households, and those who would be the first in their families to go to college gain STEM skills
  • Engages 4-12 grade students statewide in science, math and engineering year round
  • Provides professional development to a community of teachers

SMILE clubs and events engage students in STEM activities that incorporate art, design and communication, and contribute to creative and innovative problem solving. The weekly afterschool club meetings are also testing grounds for teachers to introduce, evaluate and adapt new activities for their regular classrooms.

Additionally, we support community projects linked to STEM research. For example, we have recently supported the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network’s astronomy project at Madras High School.

For 29 years SMILE has been working to serve Oregon’s underrepresented students. Our work has been recognized thoughout the years. Most recently, we were the Together for Tomorrow Challenge winner for the 2012 – 2013 school year. The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service also recognized the sustained support our community partnerships provide to struggling schools.

SMILE Club runs after school weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Ms. Packard’s classroom. This club runs all year and culminates with a day challenge with other clubs around the state. Students must apply to be in the club to satisfy the requirements.

Advisor: Carol Packard
When: Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Room 130, Packard’s room

Carol Packard

Carol Packard

Sixth Grade Teacher

Health, Science, Social Studies
541-549-2099 ext. 5530