STEM Academies for Students K-12 student activities build an early foundation for a lifelong appreciation of STEM

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education offers exciting events, activities and programs for K-12 students to engage in STEM education opportunities that build a solid foundation for future STEM careers. Through our STEM academies, mainly offered during the summer months, students are exposed to a variety of engaging activities that supplement classroom learning and encourage an interest in STEM-related subjects.

ORISE K-12 activities offer students a way to participate in authentic, hands-on experiences designed to engage young minds in STEM subjects and challenge them beyond the classroom environment. Students interested in learning more about STEM careers can participate in several programs that will give one-of-a-kind experiences and access to professional researchers.


Oak Ridge Robotics Academy

Dates: July 6-10, 2020

Oak Ridge Robotics Academy is a week-long, summer day academy where middle school students work in small teams to design, build and program robots, as well as tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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ARC/ORNL High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Summer Institute

Dates: July 5-17, 2020 (Virtual)

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute (MSTI) is a two-week summer program that provides high school students in the Appalachian region the opportunity to partner with ORNL scientists on projects in science, math, and research-related computer technology.

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ARC/ORAU Oak Ridge Middle School Summer Science Academy

Dates: July 5-17, 2020 (Virtual)

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Middle School Science Academy is a week-long, residential, hands-on science academy sponsored by ARC and ORAU focusing on math, science and technology for middle school students.

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Joint Science and Technology Institute, Aberdeen Proving Ground

Dates: Cancelled for 2020, will resume in 2021

The Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) is a two-week, residential program at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Md.) for current high school students that exposes them to scientific research through hands-on projects. This program enables students to work with real-world scientists and increase student awareness of career opportunities in STEM-related fields. There is also a one-week component for middle school students. 

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Joint Science and Technology Institute, Albuquerque

Dates: Cancelled for 2020, will resume in 2021

The Joint Science and Technology Institute at Albuquerque (JSTI-ABQ) is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research program for current high school students in New Mexico. The purpose of the program is to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields, increase STEM literacy, and expose students to the importance of STEM through hands-on, relevant research.

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Tennessee Science Bowl

Dates: February 26-27, 2021

The Tennessee Science Bowl brings together student teams from across the state to compete head to head for bragging rights, cash prizes, and to represent Tennessee at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. The annual event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office, ORAU, ORISE, and other organizations. 

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Other Student Workshops

Learning workshops for students are also offered in the summer months. Programs vary each year, but in past years kids have had the opportunity to strengthen their math skills, learn about 3D printing, and create animated stories and games while learning programming concepts with Scratch.

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