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Originally appeared in Friday, July 23, 2004 Oak Ridger

Summer institute provides 'Oak Ridge' education

From staff reports

Today was graduation day for 33 students and 20 teachers who spent two weeks this summer learning from world class scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Representing 12 of the 13 Appalachian states, the group participated in a math, science and technology institute that's a partnership between the Appalachian Regional Commission and ORNL. Now in its 15th year, the institute is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities for DOE.

The graduation ceremony took place this morning at the Pollard Technology Conference Center.

At this year's institute, students divided into teams for a wide range of scientific and technical projects, from designing and building robots, to capturing and releasing snails, to evaluating Internet-based heating and cooling controls. One team learned about designing and building functioning Web sites by creating a site about the ARC/ORNL institute.

The teachers also worked with ORNL scientists on a number of high-tech experiments, from conducting climate-related soil studies, to using cutting-edge microbiology equipment, to building supercomputers, and evaluating high-energy, magnetic equipment.

Student participants in the institute were nominated by their governors and chosen by the ARC based on their academic and leadership potential.

Teachers were selected for their dedication to teaching and will have the opportunity to share their experiences in the summer program with colleagues and future students.

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