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What's Happening at ORISE

  • STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators

    K-12 Educators: June Social Media Contest

    Teachers! School may be out, but summer social media contests are just beginning! Throughout the month of June, we want to know about your strategies for teaching digital literacy.

    See the Competitions for Educators page for more information. This competition ends June 30, 2024.

  • STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators

    K-12 Educators: My Favorite Things | Lesson Plan Competition

    Summer is here and as you reflect over your year in the classroom, ORISE wants to see your favorite STEM lesson plan! Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit their favorite STEM lesson plan. Show off your neatest, most fun, or most creative lesson plan – whatever makes it your favorite may also make it our favorite!

    See the Competitions for Educators page for more information. This competition ends July 31, 2024.

  • ORNL: Jenesis Cochrane

    Research Spotlight

    Chemical engineer studies biofibers as alternative to expensive fossil-fuel based carbon fibers

    Jenesis Cochrane is looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of materials manufacturing as a GEM participant. Her research project was on characterizing surface-treated biofibers as reinforcement for large scale additive manufacturing.

  • ORISE Robotics Academy teaches students to build bots and skills

    Feature Story

    ORISE Robotics Academy teaches students to build bots and skills

    In the world of building robots, basic skills include designing, building and programming. Those skills, however, aren’t upstaged by intangible soft skills like critical thinking, complex problem-solving and teamwork. ORISE hosted high school students from around East Tennessee for the purpose of developing students’ robotics capabilities of both basic and soft skills.

  • Future of Science Awards

    Future of Science Awards call for nominations!

    These prestigious awards recognize excellence performed by ORISE participants in the areas of scientific achievement, professional growth, project contributions, and leadership. Mentors and leaders at sponsoring organizations may nominate outstanding participants from May 1, 2024 through July 26, 2024. New this year: ORISE participants may recognize their exceptional mentors. Eligible mentors must have been an active ORISE mentor for at least one day within the period of Aug. 1, 2023, through July 31, 2024.