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K-12 Student Programs

Equipping students with the skills to become the next generation of STEM leaders

To meet the demands of a growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce, ORAU provides opportunities for students to gain the motivation, inspiration and skills we hope will lead them to pursue STEM careers.

ORAU has more than 70 years of experience developing and managing STEM education programs that motivate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. Many of these programs provide young people with opportunities to meet and interact with working STEM professionals, either in laboratory settings or more informally through our STEM Stories program.

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.

  • High School students engaged in STEM activity in laboratory

    ARC-ORNL Math-Science-Technology Summer Institute

    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 interactive opportunities with ORNL scientists. Together, students and teachers work with scientists on projects in science, math and research-related computer technology.

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  • Middle School students engaged in STEM activity

    ARC Middle School Summer Science Academy

    ARC Middle School Summer Science Academy is a week-long, residential, hands-on science academy sponsored by ARC and ORAU. Students participate in hands-on math, science and computer technology activities.

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  • K-12 student in robotics class

    Oak Ridge Robotics Academy

    The Oak Ridge Robotics Academy is a week-long day camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students filled with exciting and challenging activities. Working in small teams, students will design, build and program a robot. Students will have an opportunity to tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s research facilities and learn from robotics and engineering research scientists.

  • Students and teacher participating in STEM lesson

    STEM Stories

    STEM Stories connects students with scientists through a series of live talks by dynamic speakers and innovators in their fields. Scientists describe the work they do, the journey they took do get to where they are now, and who or what inspired them to pursue science as a career. Students get practical and inspirational advice as well as opportunities to ask lots of questions.

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  • Tennessee Science Bowl Contestants

    Tennessee Science Bowl

    Students from across the state compete in the annual Tennessee Science Bowl, which is 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.

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For more information about K-12 student programs, as well as other classroom opportunities, please contact