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ORAU re-launches Extreme Classroom Makeover competition to transform classrooms with latest technology

Deadline for video applications is January 14, 2022

Oak Ridge, Tenn. — Teachers, what would you do with $25,000 to upgrade the technology in your classroom? ORAU’s trademark Extreme Classroom Makeover is back for 2022 and hopes to answer that question for you.

The mission of Extreme Classroom Makeover is to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in public schools. The competition will award one 3rd through 10th grade math or science teacher at a public school within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, Tenn., with $25,000 in new equipment to update their classroom with the latest technology. One runner-up will receive $5,000 in new equipment. There will also be a $2,500 viewers’ choice award selected by the general public from among all entries received.

Teachers interested in the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover need to complete a video application by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Winners will be notified before Spring Break, and the technology will be purchased and installed in their classrooms for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

“The pandemic has taught us that technology is vital for every teacher in every classroom in every school,” said Pam Bonee, director of communications and marketing for ORAU. “Still, some schools do not have the budgets to keep pace with changing technology. Having $25,000 worth of interactive technology would give a boost to any student trying to learn STEM in today’s world!”

To be eligible for the competition, teachers must:

  • Teach science or math for 3rd through 10th
  • Work for a public school within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Submit a three-to-four-minute video creatively illustrating the need and possible uses of technology in their classroom.
  • Additional information, including the application and video submission portal can be found here: https://oraustem.com/extreme-classroom-makeover.html
  • Deadline to submit video applications is Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

A panel of educators and ORAU staff will determine the wining classroom. Entries will be judged on how well they:

  • Demonstrate or explain the need for technology.
  • Demonstrate or explain the possible use of technology.
  • Demonstrate overall creativity in the entry.
  • Provide an explanation of the teaching philosophy and/or approach that will be used to expand the STEM learning experience and encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

For questions about Extreme Classroom Makeover, send an email to communications@orau.org.

For more information on the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover contest, visit https://oraustem.com/extreme-classroom-makeover.html.

In addition, ORAU will launch a revamped Education Grants program in Spring 2022 with expanded eligibility for teachers in more East Tennessee counties.

About ORAU

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Media Contacts

Pam Bonee Director, Communications Work: 865.576.3146 Cell: 865.603.5142
Wendy West Manager, Communications Work: 865.576.0028 Cell: 865.207.7953