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The U.S. has, in recent years, found that a high percentage of its science and technology workforce is nearing retirement age. It has also become increasingly difficult to attract students into the scientific and technical fields necessary for our nation to compete globally.

For this reason, promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and creating a talent pool of future scientific and technical talent is vital. The U.S. has renewed its national commitment to improve education, research, and innovation in America, and ORAU is providing the support for this effort.

With more than 60 years of experience, ORAU is developing and managing STEM education programs that motivate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The mission of the Center for Science Education and its technologically advanced classroom is to provide a multi-faceted resource for accomplishing this.

Learn more about the Center for Science Education and our STEM education programs by exploring the links below:

Siemens STEM Academy logoSiemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs)

ORAU has partnered with the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education and the College Board to provide a unique way for K-12 teachers to conduct laboratory research to better prepare them for classroom science instruction.

K-12 Science TeacherK-12 Educator Programs

Science, math, technology and engineering teachers from kindergarten through high school, as well as other teachers interested in technology and STEM integration, can find excellent professional development opportunties.

K-12 StudentK-12 Student Programs

Students get hands-on experience with science by taking part in challenging but fun summer science academies at the Center for Science Education.

Extreme Classroom Makeover WinnerExtreme Classroom Makeover

Each year ORAU provides more than $25,000 in prize money to some of the region’s most creative middle school math and science teachers to better equip their classrooms.

Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy logoTennessee STEM Leadership Academy

Funded through Race to The Top funds, this organization will create a cadre of K-12 STEM teachers and administrators to serve as lead liaisons to the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network.

Tennessee Science Bowl TeamTennessee Science Bowl

Students from across the state of Tennessee compete in this annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and other local businesses, including ORAU. The winning team receives a trip to the National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C.

National Science BowlNational Science Bowl®

In this highly visible educational event and academic competition, teams of high school students gather in Washington, D.C., to attend science seminars and compete to solve problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.

 


2015 Extreme Classroom Makeover Contest Announcement

The 2015 Extreme Classroom Makeover Intent to Apply is now open! Enter for the chance to win $25,000 worth of new classroom technology!

Contact Us

For more information about the Center for Science Education, the classroom, student and educator opportunities, please contact:

Marie Westfall
ORAU
865.576.3425
Marie.Westfall@orau.org

The Center for Science Education, MC-100

ORAU’s Center for Science Education, located in the heart of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is certified to the Gold level by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.

As a sustainable building, the CSE efficiently uses resources—energy, water and materials—while minimizing the building’s effects on human health and the environment. Sustainability is achieved through better siting, design, construction, operation and maintenance.