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The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program is a residential, hands-on learning experience for the Appalachian region’s middle and high school students and high school teachers in STEM-related fields. The ARC/ORNL High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute is a two-week summer program for high school students and teachers who get to interact and work with scientists from ORNL on inquiry-based, applied projects in science, math, and research-related computer technology. The ARC/ORNL Summer Institute culminates with group presentations by students and teachers about their projects and research findings. In addition to research, many other activities are incorporated into the program to promote teamwork, expose students to college opportunities, and promote pride in the cultural richness and historical importance of the Appalachian region. The ARC/ORAU Middle School Summer Science Academy is a one-week summer program for middle school students who get to work in collaborative teams with experienced master and assistant teachers to utilize current technologies to answer a research question. The ARC/ORAU Summer Academy culminates with a group presentation on their research project. 

The ARC/ORNL Summer Institute and ARC/ORAU Summer Academy is administered for ARC by ORAU.

  • “I would recommend it. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

    —Student 2018
  • “It was one of the best experiences! I made many new friends and learned a lot of new things!”

    —Student 2018
  • “I would highly recommend this program. It was truly eye opening to the amazing world around me.”

    —Student 2018
  • “This was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life and I am so grateful for everything everyone has done in order for me to get here. Coming here introduced me into the real world. When I left Ohio 2 weeks ago I was super shy and always stuck to myself and had so much trouble finding people with common interests and coming here changed that! Never stop doing this amazing thing for kids all over Appalachia.”

    —Student 2018