ARC / Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Science Academy and Institute

Program Description

The Appalachian Regional Commission is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to provide two residential, hands-on learning institutes focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers (July 8-21, 2017) and for middle school students (July 16-21, 2017).

ORNL is one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. It is devoted to multi-purpose research and development and is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, near the famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy facility managed by UT-Batelle. ORAU, a consortium on major universities, cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance the scientific research and education enterprise of our nation.

The ARC/ORNL/ORAU Summer Science Academy for middle school students and ARC/ORNL Institute for high school students is a unique opportunity for students to work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Middle school students, in the one week academy, and high school students and teachers, in the two week institute, work in teams on research projects during with each team comprising three to six students in the middle school academy and three to six students and teachers in the high school institute. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Research topics and activities may include such areas as biofuels and alternative energy.

High school students and teachers work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Students and teachers work in teams on research projects during the two-week institute, with each team comprising three to six students or teachers. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting.

Students work in teams on research projects during the one-week academy, with each team comprising three to six students. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Research topics and activities may include such areas as biofuels and alternative energy. Interested parties can view examples of the research and other activities engaged in during previous summer science camps at the SummerSTEM website.

The 2017 participants will be housed at a hotel in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near ORNL and ORAU facilities. Student participants will be chaperoned 24-hours a day by experienced teachers. Teachers selected to participate in the high school program will not be responsible for chaperoning students.

All major expenses, including meals, lodging, transportation to and from the participant’s home base and local transportation, will be covered for participants. Teacher participants will receive a stipend.

Participants will tour or spend days in ORNL research facilities, use a variety of technologies to solve problems in ORAU’s learning center, and participate in field trips to nearby industries, universities, and museums. Field trips will illustrate the applications of math and science in the real world and provide participants with opportunities to learn more about Appalachia and its unique characteristics. 

For High School Students and Teachers

Date of Institute: July 8-21, 2017

At least two high school students and two teachers from Western North Carolina will join participants from the other 12 ARC states in a two-week learning program that will focus on the application of math and science principles in the world of work.

See what previous Institute participants did at the 2016.

Institute Applications must be submitted to the NC ARC Program Manager no later than March 17, 2017.

Olivia Collier, ARC Program Manager
Rural Development Division
4346 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4346 

919.814.4656

For Middle School Students

Date of Academy: July 16-21, 2017

At least two middle school students from Western North Carolina will join 24 other participants from Appalachia in this one-week residential hands-on science camp focusing on math, science, and technology. 

Applications must be submitted to the NC ARC Program Manager no later than March 17, 2017.

Olivia Collier, ARC Program Manager
Rural Development Division
4346 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4346

919.814.4656

For a quick overview of the Oak Ridge Academy summer programs, click here: https://youtu.be/eNn0c5MN3LI

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