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Appalachian STEM Academy - High School

Program Dates: July 6, 2024 - July 19, 2024

The Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge is a two-week, fully funded, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia's high school students who are 16 and older. Participating students work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research facility, on guided group science, math, computer science and technology projects. The program provides students – many of whom come from economically distressed counties – with valuable exposure to applied STEM education, concluding with a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be age 16 or older by July 6, 2024
  • Must reside in or attend a public, private, charter, or homeschool in a designated Appalachian county (see
  • Must plan to enroll in a public, private, charter, or homeschool in a designated Appalachian county for the 2024-2025 school year, or reside in such designated Appalachian county
  • Must be willing to follow all program and safety instruction
  • Must be able to participate in all program activities for the full program period, July 6-July 19, 2024

Here you can learn about the students and teachers in this summer’s program, review information about the projects and find pictures of participants “in action.” Information will be updated frequently, so check back often for more!

Interested in the academy?

High School Photo Gallery

View the Academy Photo Gallery!
  • “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
  • "The program was excellent and I cannot speak highly enough about it."

    —Student 2021
  • “I would highly recommend this program. It was truly eye opening to the amazing world around me.”

    —Student 2018
  • "Yes I would recommend the program. It gave me experiences you can't get anywhere else. It allowed me to meet people and do things I otherwise wouldn't have."

    —Student 2021
  • “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
  • "It was a great program and I am grateful and honored to have been a part of it."

    —Student 2021
  • “My participation in the Appalachian STEM Academy has opened my eyes to fields I would not have previously pursued. Now, I have a newfound interest.”

    —Student 2023
  • “I love this program because I get to try new things. It’s an opportunity for experiences that are not possible at home.”

    —Student 2023
  • "I would recommend this program to friends because you get to meet people all over the country and make new friends and learn about interesting topics you didnt even know about."

    —Student 2020

High School Video Gallery

Watch the Academy Closing Videos!