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Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Competition

May 18-20, 2018
Washington State University, Pullman

“Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Students research complex topics related to sustainability, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.”

It all starts with a challenge.

Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow asks teams of 9th through 12th graders to address the topic of sustainability by answering any of three challenges. Students from schools in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana explore new ways to tackle pressing problems. Educators, scholars, and industry leaders collaborate with students in seeking solutions.

It supports educators. 
Teachers inspire students to think bigger. Working with a strong sense of purpose, students gather information from diverse resources and jointly develop new ideas.

It fosters collaboration. 
Required to work in teams, students discover how collaborative actions make a difference in meeting the challenge of sustainability in the 21st Century.

It brings great minds together.
In May, students in grades 9 through 12 from four states travel to Pullman, Washington. They present their well-researched ideas to top executives from industry-leading companies, as well as to distinguished University scholars.

It ends with new hope.
Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow shows students how much they can achieve. Students find ways to shift the public mindset, reshape governance and policy, reengineer technologies, and redesign communities and ways of life. Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow drives innovation that changes lives.

  • Higher education: The competition inspires many students to pursue a college degree.
  • STEM disciplines: Many students start to see new possibilities for pursuing careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • Awareness of key issues: Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow builds awareness of important sustainability issues among our state’s students, educators, and general population.
  • Community building. The competition creates connections among students, research faculty, and industry leaders. Students build confidence in their ability to make a positive difference in their communities.

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About Heidi DeGarmo, South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster (141 Articles)
Heidi DeGarmo is a senior at OregonTech majoring in IT-Health Informatics. As a combat veteran it is a passion of hers to pay it forward. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.