National, State, and Regional Opportunities

The Details

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU),
Oak Ridge, TN


Two-week residential program for high school students and high school teachersJuly 5-17, 2020
One-week residential program for middle school students: July 11-17, 2020


Appalachian high school & middle school students, and high school teachers in STEM-related fields.


  • Transportation to attend the programs
  • Full room and board
  • All expenses related to lab work and field trips
  • Teachers also receive a $1,000 stipend.

See the program flyer for more info.

How to Apply
Apply by February 28!
See the links below for complete application info.



Calling Appalachian students and teachers for an all-expenses-paid summer STEM learning opportunity!
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Space Apps Challenge 2020 – Save the Date


Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative 

NASA Space Apps Challenge


Date: Oct. 2-4, 2020, location TBD, cost is free


Save the Date!

The Purpose of the Space Apps Challenge is to: inspire collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking; foster interest in Earth and space science exploration; raise awareness of NASA data around the world and encourage growth and diversity of the next generation of scientists, technologists, designers, engineers and artists This two day hackathon is open to all ages, those under 13 must have a parent with them at all times, however. Check out our event page from 2019 here:

If you have questions, contact Randi Neff (828-339-4357/ Follow us on Facebook at: #WNCSpaceAppChallenge