SOREDI Quest is a competition for high school students that leads them through a "scavenger hunt" for information that also teaches them the vast array of amazing, local companies and career choices that are available in Southern Oregon.
We have already gathered a lot of this information about innovative companies that create solid, high-wage employment opportunities in Southern Oregon, in the form of the Southern Oregon EDGE Campaign. Each company profiled as part of the campaign had the opportunity to tell their own story about why are the locating in Southern Oregon and how they are thriving. You can find all the Southern Oregon Edge Profiles here.
After each team of students completes all their questions (and each team has a custom mix of questions, so don't bother asking other teams for their answers!), they will move on to Phase 2 of the competition - the video! Each team will be assigned a company to profile themselves, by making an explanatory video. The goal of the video is to answer the question: "Why does it matter to my community, that this company is in Southern Oregon?" We can't wait to see the creative answers the students will invent - and how they will deliver those answers visually!
The winners of the game will be chosen by YOU! Each video will be uploaded by staff to the SOREDI Facebook page, where students, families, friends will be able to "like" and "share" it everywhere. The videos with the most pages views will earn scholarship money for their teams. The top videos will also be shown at a student showcase in December of 2018, where the public will be invited to view the student work.
If you are a student, please log in here, find your team and begin SOREDI Quest!
This game provides a number of valuable curriculum points that will benefit the students, in terms of teamwork, using technology, investigative reading and more. But, we also have a secret agenda (not so secret!) It's our hope that our region's young people will grow in the understanding that they don't have to move away to find a challenging, lucrative career, right here in Southern Oregon, whether their interests lie in technology, product development, problem solving, healthcare, design, engineering, aviation - or anything - we have it all right here! We are also hoping that their parents and others in the community might notice the same thing. Since few of these companies have a retail presence, many of them go unnoticed in the more industrial areas of our region. We thought, you might not even know they are here, bustling away every day, shipping products out and dollar in to our Jackson and Josephine Counties, so we decided to make them the stars of our show! We wish you the best of luck as you embark on SOREDI Quest!