Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge

Congrats to the Class of 2022!

91 Appalachian middle and high school students, as well as high school teachers, spent two weeks working on applied research projects with STEM professionals at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Established in 1990, the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge is a residential, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia’s middle and high school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields. Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Appalachian Region. Many participants come from economically distressed counties and often gain their first exposure to applied science and STEM education through this experience.

All participants work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. High school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work.

About the Experience

What’s Included:

  • Roundtrip travel to Oak Ridge, TN
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Supplies
  • Extracurricular Activities

Participants should expect to bring some extra money for incidental expenses or souvenirs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in the Appalachian STEM Academy but still have questions? We have the answers here!