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The U.S. has, in recent years, found that a high percentage of its science and technology workforce is nearing retirement age. It has also become increasingly difficult to attract students into the scientific and technical fields necessary for our nation to compete globally.

For this reason, promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and creating a talent pool of future scientific and technical talent is vital. The U.S. has renewed its national commitment to improve education, research, and innovation in America, and ORAU is providing the support for this effort.

With more than 60 years of experience, ORAU is developing and managing STEM education programs that motivate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The mission of the Center for Science Education and its technologically advanced classroom is to provide a multi-faceted resource for accomplishing this.

Learn more about the Center for Science Education and our STEM education programs by exploring the links below:

K-12 Science TeacherK-12 Educator Programs

Science, math, technology and engineering teachers from kindergarten through high school, as well as other teachers interested in technology and STEM integration, can find excellent professional development opportunities.

K-12 StudentK-12 Student Programs

Students get hands-on experience with science by taking part in challenging but fun summer science academies at the Center for Science Education.

Extreme Classroom Makeover WinnerExtreme Classroom Makeover

Each year ORAU provides more than $25,000 in prize money to some of the region’s most creative middle school math and science teachers to better equip their classrooms.

Tennessee Science Bowl TeamTennessee Science Bowl

Students from across the state of Tennessee compete in this annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and other local businesses, including ORAU. The winning team receives a trip to the National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C.

National Science BowlNational Science Bowl®

In this highly visible educational event and academic competition, teams of high school students gather in Washington, D.C., to attend science seminars and compete to solve problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.


Chalk is Old School - Technology Rules

The 2018 Extreme Classroom Makeover is now accepting applications and video submissions! Click below for details and a link to the application form.

The Center for Science Education, MC-100

Want to know more about real-world science?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory brings together scientists across a broad range of disciplines to tackle some of the most challenging problems in energy, global security, basic science and applied research. In this series of short videos, hear first-hand how ORNL’s people are discovering solutions to today’s problems and catch a glimpse inside the world of “Big Science.”

The Center for Science Education, MC-100

ORAU’s Center for Science Education, located in the heart of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is certified to the Gold level by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.

As a sustainable building, the CSE efficiently uses resources—energy, water and materials—while minimizing the building’s effects on human health and the environment. Sustainability is achieved through better siting, design, construction, operation and maintenance.