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ORAU seeks applicants for the 2016 Extreme Classroom Makeover

Local teachers within a 50 mile radius of Oak Ridge encouraged to file their intent to apply by October 14

August 28, 2015

 Students working at ORAU Extreme Classroom iMac stations.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its $25,000 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition. Now in its eighth year, the competition provides the latest educational technologies to update one teacher's classroom. Interested teachers must file their intent to apply no later than October 14, 2015.

The contest is open to public school math and science teachers who teach grades 3rd-10th and are located within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Entrants must have the written consent of their principals and, if chosen, be willing to have their 2016-2017 classroom experience highlighted on the Internet and in various media outlets. Teachers, students and even parents whose children are benefiting from this initiative will be invited to blog about this year-long experience on the Extreme Classroom website.

After submitting an intent-to-apply form, entrants will also be required to submit a full application and a 3-4 minute video that illustrates potential uses of technology and the need for technology in their classrooms. Check back on ORAU's website after October 14, 2015 for information regarding the full video application.

For more information on the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover contest or to see how last year's winner Mr. Charlie Arp from Brown Intermediate School in Sweetwater, Tenn., has adapted to his new high-tech classroom, visit

2016 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover Timeline

  • Intent to Apply deadline Oct. 14, 2015
  • Full Application and Video Entry deadline Jan. 29, 2016
  • Winner announced End of March/First of April 2016

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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