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Summer Learning Opportunities for Appalachian Students and Teachers

Applications Now Open

For more information about the program, contact:

Julia Hinten
Governor’s Office of Appalachia
(614) 728-4878

BB2C Makerspace, The Governor's Office of Appalachia, and the Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers' Coalition are hosting a virtual STEM Challenge.

Through this hands-on challenge, students can gain exposure to new experiences, discover innovative career paths, and enhance their way of thinking.

Teachers are encouraged to assemble and register their teams by the May 3 deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

The challenge is a web-based 3D or 2D design challenge that individuals will solve. Participating teachers receive a $1000 stipend and the opportunity to receive two graduate credit hours from Rio Grande University for $330.

Teams comprised of one teacher and five students from five select high schools in Appalachian Ohio will be selected to participate. Interested teachers will need to assemble and register their school and team members. Participating teachers will be expected to supervise and mentor their team during the challenge and ensure their team meets challenge deadlines.

The top scoring school will receive bragging rights, a trophy, and a $3000 credit to purchase STEM equipment of their choosing.

Prizes for highest individual scores:

  • 1st Place: Choice of a Flashforge Adventure 3 Lite 3D Printer, Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset, or $200 cash
  • 2nd Place: Choice from remaining two prizes
  • 3rd Place: Remaining prize

The challenge will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June 14-25.

  • High school teachers and students who attend a public school in one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties.
  • Teachers will need to assemble and register their school and team members.

Space is limited. Interested teachers are encouraged to submit applications no later than May 3rd, 2021. Teachers can register teams here.

Questions? Email or call: (740) 370-6399 ext 5.

Applications for summer 2021 are now closed for the following programs: 

  • ARC/Oak Ridge Summer Stem Program
  • Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

2021 Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Programs

The 2021 ARC/Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program is a free opportunity for Appalachian students and teachers.

Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the program will take place in July 2021. Participants will 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. Students will conduct guided STEM (science, technology engineering and math) research projects while high school teachers will work to develop STEM-related curriculum.

All program expenses will be covered for all participants. Appalachian high school teachers (grades 9-12) in the math, science, technology, and engineering disciplines will receive the same accommodations plus a $1,000 stipend for their participation.

2021 Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

The 2021 Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy is a free opportunity for Appalachian rising seniors.

In partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy aims to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers through a cultivated learning experience.

In this two-phase program, selected applicants will participate in a Design Thinking workshop, and mentorship and coaching, designed to develop skills essential for entrepreneurial success.