The Academy curriculum is developed by area Master Teachers utilizing national and state science standards, area scientific expertise, and best practices in education. The Master Teachers also arrange tours, speakers, and assume primary teaching responsibilities for content delivery, hands-on experimentation, data collection, data analysis and final presentations. Three assistant teachers typically assist with the curriculum presentation and daily student explorations and research.
The students are divided into small, collaborative groups of 2-4 students each. Each group must create a solution to a real-world problem that exists in Appalachia using 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and city planning concepts in their solution. In the Academy setting, the groups research their problem, build models, learn to collaborate, and present their results in a final presentation.
The students are divided into four research groups: 3D Printing, City Planning, and Artificial Intelligence. Each group is composed of 9 students. In the Academy setting, the groups research their topic, build models, collect and analyze data, learn to collaborate, and present their results in a final presentation.