The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute is a two-week summer program that provides high school students and teachers from the Appalachian region the opportunity to work with scientists from ORNL on inquiry-based, applied projects in science, math, and research-related computer technology. The ARC/ORNL Summer Institute is administered for ARC by ORAU. The ARC/ORNL Summer Institute culminates with group presentations by students and teachers about their projects and research findings. In addition to research, many other activities are incorporated into the program to promote teamwork, expose students to college opportunities, and promote pride in the cultural richness and historical importance of the Appalachian region.
The goals of the ARC program are to (1) encourage more high school students to continue their studies beyond high school; (2) encourage more students to pursue careers in the projected shortage areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and (3) raise the quality of STEM instruction in high schools throughout the region. Progress in each of these three areas provides economic benefits to the Appalachian region. An overview of the Appalachian Regional Commission and its goals and activities can be found at www.arc.gov.
Links to home pages for ARC/ORNL Summer Institutes conducted from 2010 through 2015 are available on the right-hand portion of this webpage.