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K-12 Student Programs

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.

K-12 student program sessions are free to attend.

ARC/ORNL High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute

ARC/ORNL High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute is a two-week, residential, hands-on institute sponsored by ARC and ORNL. Students participate in research projects with and under the supervision of ORNL scientists.
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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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Forensic Chemistry

A SKULL HAS BEEN FOUND!!! Whose is it? What animal is it from? Where did it come from? Spend two days as a forensic chemist solving the case of amissing skull! During the Forensic Chemistry Mini-Academy, students will learn how forensic chemists help solve cases. We will have exciting labs in collecting evidence, chromatography, fingerprinting, shoe imprinting, blood typing, and analyzing hairs and fibers! Students will ID the skull and identify the owner of the skull!
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Intro to Coding: Binary Code, Scratch, BeeBot, & ProBot Programming

You can learn to code! This 3 hour multimedia adventure is the perfect course for aspiring coders.

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Math and Movement

Math & Movement is designed to keep kids feeling good about math. Kids learn more, retain more and gain valuable basic skills while exercising their bodies as well as their minds. 

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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.

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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

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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