The High Desert of Oregon: a history of adventure...

...Where creativity and equity align

What is Innovate High Desert?

The Innovate High Desert initiative brings our schools, community and businesses together to learn the skills and mindsets of innovation that are needed to drive economic growth in our region. Here are some things we’re doing:

  • HDESD teachers of the visually impaired held their first Vision Day Camp in June for students who experience visual impairments. Activities included white-water rafting, kayaking, and tandem biking, and creating robot key chains. One student said, “The whole experience was a 10.”

  • During the months of April and May, Migrant Education Program, CTE, Plaza Comunitaria, STEM and School Improvement partnered to serve migrant students and their families. The program reached out to Pre-K through 8th grade students.

  • Hammers, saws and dust were present as twenty-four math and Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers worked together at Redmond High School. The goal was how to teach high school students geometry while building a play house. Participants were from Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Crook County, Mitchell, Jefferson, Salem-Keizer, Dayville, West Valley, and Walport school districts.

  • Over 550 high school students attended the Central Oregon Skilled Trades Fair in Redmond with over 100 industry partners and community volunteers representing construction, engineering, hospitality, public works, and manufacturing to name a few.


Connecting people to possibilities.

Adventure & Recreation

Central Oregon is the place for outdoor and indoor recreation. With properties like Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort & Sunriver, a thriving hospitality industry partners with craft businesses to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From mountains to the high desert to the Deschutes river, a world-class microbrewery tour, the home of Breedlove guitars – Central Oregon offers the best in hospitality with a view.

Advanced Manufacturing

Central Oregon’s advanced manufacturing sector employs a range of high-tech, aerospace & specialty manufacturing – along with traditional building products manufacturing. The investment by local businesses to build the talent & workforce to keep up with power curve of technological innovation is having a direct impact on the schools in the High Desert ESD – with a focus on STEM education.

Healthcare & Bioscience

Central Oregon is home to world-class healthcare facilities and professionals including the St. Charles Medical Center & Health System & the Bend Medical Center. And as a technology & innovation center, companies like Medline ReNewal are making bioscience technology a new industry in the region.

Who we are…

Local businesses make big changes

Local businesses make big changes

Offering expertise and mentorship to help solve our complex problems.

Young minds bring tomorrow's solutions

Young minds bring tomorrow's solutions

Learning to see ourselves as creative innovators, beyond the limits of the classroom.

Educators rising to the challenge

Educators rising to the challenge

Providing the tools for students to unlock their potential as creative problem solvers and innovators.

Our community serving itself & others

Our community serving itself & others

Supporting each other, developing ideas, and enacting change.

Skills Trade Fair 2018

With over 550 students in attendance and 120 industry partners, the Central Oregon Skilled Trades Fair was a success again this year. This was the 3rd Annual Skilled Trades Fair organized by the Central Oregon STEM Hub. It takes place on the Redmond Tech Campus of...

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Middle School Make-a-thon

Sixty middle school students gathered in an Oregon State University-­Cascades classroom Tuesday morning, learning how to use coding programs and sensory technology to find solutions for space colonists 80 years in the future. These students and many computer science...

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Innovate Oregon Initiatives

Working together to create tomorrow



Educators, students, businesses, government and community leaders



We are working together to create an inclusive innovation-based economy



We are committed to creating new opportunities for our communities


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