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K-12 STEM Education Programs

Educators

Our hands-on programs give teachers opportunities to test new techniques and keep up with technological innovations. The goal—to help them motivate and inspire tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

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Students

Our K-12 activities offer students a way to participate in authentic, hands-on experiences designed to engage young minds in STEM subjects and challenge them beyond the classroom environment.

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Partners

The future of STEM is in our hands. With the support of our community partners, our goal is to continue encouraging students and educators to make a lifelong commitment to STEM.

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    K-12 Student Programs

    ORAU has more than 70 years of experience developing and managing STEM education programs that motivate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. 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.

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    K-12 Educator Programs

    ORAU provides leading-edge and innovative education for the teachers who will educate the next generation of STEM leaders. STEM teachers from Kindergarten through high school, and others interested in the STEM fields, can choose from a number of professional development opportunities provided by ORAU.

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    Extreme Classroom Makeover

    ORAU launched Extreme Classroom Makeover in 2008 to help improve science, technology, engineering and math education in public schools across East Tennessee. Our annual competition awards deserving STEM teachers with a room full of the latest educational technology—one teacher, one classroom and $25,000 in new technology.

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    #ExtremeTeacher Contests

    Every month, we give away brand new classroom tools—3D printers, Chromebooks, Math and Movement kits, etc. Winners are selected by random drawing among teachers who liked the monthly contest post and describe in the comments how they would put the giveaway item to use in their classroom.

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    Education Grants

    ORAU directly supports the schools in our own backyard by offering education grants to Anderson County educators. Since 2002, ORAU has funded more than $500,000 in grants to area schools for projects that complement ORAU’s mission of enriching STEM education programs.

Polymers All Around Us

Polymers All Around Us Learn More

Polymers are chemicals found almost everywhere in nature. Some are even made in factories! In this exciting hands-on workshop, you will explore the types and the physical and chemical properties of serval everyday polymers. Be prepared for some surprises!

Making a STEMpact

Make a STEMpact in your community

Keeping up with the force of continuous technological change is a reality for students and teachers alike. That’s why ORAU has been leading the way in STEM education for more than 70 years.

Your organization can help by sponsoring STEM education programs in your community. All programs offered by ORAU are carefully designed and presented to be appropriate for the age, grade and achievement levels of the participating students. 

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Watch the Extreme Classroom Makeover reveal at Lanier Elementary!

Watch the Extreme Classroom Makeover reveal at Lanier Elementary!

In March 2019, ORAU presented Lanier Elementary School teacher Renee Powell with a $25,000 technology makeover during a surprise classroom announcement. 

Learn more about Extreme Classroom Makeover