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Held each year in July, the Robotics Academy offers upcoming 7th, 8th and 9th grade students an introduction to engineering, coding and robotics. The week-long experience concludes with a competition of the students’ robots, which is always highly anticipated. Faced with the new challenges of COVID-19, this year’s Robotics Academy would have to be re-thought and re-planned if held at all.
ORISE supports DOE Office of Science with first-ever Virtual National Science Bowl® finals competition
DOE Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists created the National Science Bowl® in 1991 and ORISE has assisted with coordinating and executing the competition on DOE’s behalf since 1998. This year the two organizations had to work closely together to monitor current events and continuously adjust in response to the unfolding global pandemic.
ORISE to host virtual career fair for U.S. Department of Defense STEM internships, fellowships and research associate opportunities
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education will host a virtual career fair on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, from noon to 3 p.m. ET, to highlight the paid internships, fellowships and research associate programs available to college students and recent graduates at U.S. Department of Defense facilities across the country.
In these days of physical and social distancing, ORISE program managers worked with customers to be innovative and deliver to students the quality experiences they need to strengthen their scientific knowledge and ultimately become productive members of the nation’s scientific workforce.
Lydia Denton, co-winner of the “I’m the Teacher Now” ORISE student competition, recently won the $20,000 grand prize in the Citgo Discovery Education competition with the “Beat the Heat” car seat. Lydia's invention aims to prevent hot car deaths by measuring the car's temperature and alerting parents and emergency officials when the temperature inside the car reaches 102 degrees.
In an average fiscal year, the ORISE Peer Review team manages more than 200 meetings across the country, with over half of those meetings held in person. But, by March of 2020, managers knew that the onset of COVID-19 would require an immediate shift of plans, changing the outlook of the year ahead.
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.
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