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Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge – High School Teachers

Program Dates: July 6, 2024 - July 19, 2024

The Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge is a two-week, fully funded, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia's high school teachers. Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the Appalachian region. Many participants teach in economically distressed counties and increase their exposure to applied science and STEM research through this experience. All participants work with scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States, and other experts to conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects. The program culminates in a final group presentation where participants showcase their work.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must teach high school in a designated Appalachian county (see
  • Must plan to teach high school math, science, engineering, and/or technology (e.g. web design, computer programming) in a designated Appalachian county for the 2024-2025 school year
  • Must be willing to follow all program and safety instruction
  • Must be able to participate in all program activities for the full program period, July 6-19, 2024

Here you can learn about the teachers in this summer’s program, review information about the projects and find pictures of participants “in action.” Information will be updated frequently, so check back often for more!

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Teacher Photo Gallery

View the Academy Photo Gallery!
  • “It was a VERY valuable experience personally and professionally.”

    —Teacher 2023
  • “Thank you so much for an amazing learning experience with our country’s leading STEM professionals!"

    —Teacher 2023
  • “Sitting in the ORNL cafeteria next to international tribes was awe inspiring. These are the people that are paving the future.”

    —Teacher 2023

Teacher Video Gallery

Watch the Academy Closing Videos!