Student Activities

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Every year, Student Activities offers a selection of academically enriching opportunities for students K-12.

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National Nuclear Science Week Poster Contest


Students across Berrien County are invited to participate in the NSW Poster Contest, presented by Cook Nuclear Plant’s Women in Nuclear group and sponsored by Berrien RESA. Teachers can also incorporate lessons in their daily classroom activities about nuclear science. Visit to learn more!

Career Pathway Day


Rotary Essay Contest

Contest:  February  
Awards Luncheon:  TBD

The collaboration between Berrien RESA and various Berrien County Rotary Clubs is designed to encourage student participation in an essay writing contest.  One senior student from each high school in Berrien County will be selected to write an essay about a given topic derived from Grade Level Content Expectations in Social Studies.  This student essay provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know by synthesizing information and explaining their understanding of concepts and ideas with a specific purpose in mind. 

Cloverleaf Spelling Bee Competition

February at The Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College 

The competition features Berrien and Van Buren county public and parochial school districts' top three middle school spellers in an individual spelling contest. Students will compete for numerous cash prizes with the top prize being admission to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C. in the spring.  In order to compete in this event, schools must sign up a team with both the regional level and the national level.

Science Olympiad

Middle/High School: March at Lake Michigan College

Middle/High School Science Olympiad is an opportunity for Berrien County students to compete using hands-on science skills and knowledge. Science Olympiad is hosted at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI. Middle and high school Science Olympiad is a regional competition of which the winners for each division go on to compete at the state level. In order to compete in this event, schools must sign up a team with both the regional level and the state/national level.

Elementary School: March

Elementary School Science Olympiad is designed for Berrien County students in grades 1 through 5.  Science Olympiad is hosted at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI. The Elementary Science Olympiad is a non-competitive day that allows Berrien County elementary students to learn science through hands-on activities and experiments. 

Community Student Art Exhibits

March - April 

Hosted by the Berrien RESA, Krasl Art Center and Box Factory for the Arts, this annual event showcases students' artwork in grades 2-12 every spring. Both Elementary and Middle School/High School Exhibits display visual art in any medium, from painting and sculpture to photography and fiber arts.

Berrien County International Science and Engineering Fair

March - April at Berrien RESA

This event is open to high school students who conduct research either as a team or individually and prepare a "science board" display. Local professors, teachers, engineers and business professionals who serve as judges for the projects.

Michigan High School Math & Science Symposium

April at Buller Hall, Andrews University

The MHSMSS is a unique chance for students to present original STEM-based research at the high school level. The event is formatted to emulate professional science conferences. There are three ways to get involved: a student may give a full-fledged oral and visual presentation of their research, present their work in poster format, or participate as an observer and learn from the findings of their peers. Presentation abstracts are formally published each summer. Registrations processed before April 12 are $20 for presenters and $10 for observers. (The fees jump to $25 and $15 respectively after that date.) Registration fees cover refreshments, lunch, and program. Presenters receive a medal, as well as a copy of the published abstract booklet.

An additional, and optional, opportunity offered at the Symposium is the BEST Early Berrien RESA Public Science Announcements Contest. Any current high school student may participate. This contest requires participants to create a two-minute "public science announcement" (PSA) video on a science-related topic of interest, importance and relevance to the general public. Selected videos will be featured at the Michigan High School Math & Science Symposium, where the top three will be chosen. Winning submissions will be published to YouTube after the event.

Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire

May at Whirlpool Compass Fountain in St. Joseph

This highly interactive event is open to the public and has something for all ages. Inventors, crafters, scientists, artists, and creators of all types come together to share their projects with the community. Makers are encouraged to apply online at

Contact Information

Coordinator: Tonya Snyder
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 3360
Fax: 269-471-2941

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