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K-12 STEM Education Programs

Male and female students building robot vehicle in after school computer coding class

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Educating the next generation of STEM leaders

ORAU offers professional development programs to K-12 teachers at no cost every summer to enhance their knowledge and skills in STEM education. Our hands-on, multifaceted programs give teachers opportunities to test new techniques and keep up with technological innovations. The goal—to help teachers motivate and inspire tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

For students, we offer real-life laboratory experiences, hands-on activities and personalized experiences through programs we manage in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission and other STEM partners.

The future of STEM is in their hands. Through these programs, we help them get there.

Extreme Classroom Makeover 2024

ORAU’s annual Extreme Classroom Makeover awarded $25,000 to Shelby Woods in a friendly competition where she gets to update her classroom with the newest technology.

The annual competition awards one 3rd through 10th grade math or science teacher at a public school within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, Tenn., with $25,000 in new equipment to update their classroom with their wish list of tech gear. One runner-up receives $5,000 in new equipment. There is also a $2,500 viewers’ choice award winner selected by the general public from among all entries received.

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Shelby Woods, a computer science teacher at Sevier County Junior High School in Sevierville, Tennessee, was named winner of the $25,000 grand prize in ORAU’s 2024 Extreme Classroom Makeover.

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