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K-12 Programs and Events

ORAU Manages and Coordinates K-12 Programs and Events to Grow Student Interest in Science and Technology

Students participating in Oak Ridge Robotics Academy

Increasing America’s talent pool through vast improvements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is key to innovation and economic growth. Recent and emerging legislation is making that a reality, with an important focus on K-12 education.

ORAU is experienced in managing high-profile, local and national education initiatives. We arrange first-class programs and events that offer students and teachers unique opportunities to explore their interests in science.

All of ORAU’s K-12 STEM education programs and events are part of the ORAU Center for Science Education. To learn more, please visit the ORAU Center for Science Education.

ARC/ORNL/ORAU Summer Science AcademyARC/ORNL/ORAU Summer Science Academy

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and ORAU host a one-week, residential, hands-on science academy that enables students to work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics.

ARC/ORNL Science, Technology, Mathematics Summer InstituteARC/ORNL Science, Technology, Mathematics Summer Institute

The ARC/ORNL High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute is a two-week, summer program that provides high school students and teachers from the Appalachian region the opportunity to work with scientists from ORNL on projects in science, math and research-related computer technology.

Joint Science Technology InstituteJoint Science Technology Institute

The Joint Science and Technology Institute for Students (JSTI) is a two-week, residential program for high school students in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The program enables students to work with scientists to conduct hands-on, scientific research and increases students’ awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

Oak Ridge Robotics Academy Oak Ridge Robotics Academy

The Oak Ridge Robotics Academy is a week-long day camp where middle school students work in small teams to design, build and program a robot. Students also tour ORNL’s research facilities and learn from robotics and engineering research scientists.

Tennessee Science BowlTennessee Science Bowl

Students participate in this annual competition sponsored by DOE’s Oak Ridge Office and other local entities, including ORAU and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The winning team earns the opportunity to compete in the DOE National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.