The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with ORAU in Oak Ridge, Tenn., presents a one-week, residential, hands-on science academy focusing on math, science, and technology for middle school students July 17-22, 2016. The ARC/ORAU Summer Science Academy is a unique opportunity for students to work in collaborative teams with experienced teachers to investigate current technology and alternative energy. Students work in three specific teams during the one-week academy, with each team comprising 8-9 students. The team approach provides an opportunity to collaboratively learn about a specific type of energy, see its applications in the commercial and/or research setting, and investigate its applications with a hands-on inquiry-based approach. The group topics include solar energy, wind energy, and biofuels. Along with this specific focus, each group will also learn and apply principles related to the trending technology of 3-D printing.