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(BLAST) - FREE STEM 3 Day Residential Program - Virginia 8th-9th Grade Students - Deadline: 2/1/24

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology offers an exciting way for rising 9th and 10th grade students to spend three days of summer! Participating students get to stay in a college dorm and see what campus life is like on-site at one of our five partner universities: Old Dominion University, Radford University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, or William & Mary. No previous experience in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is needed, and this program is FREE for participants. BLAST is designed to help students find their place in STEM.

Students may apply to attend any ONE session at either William & Mary, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Radford University, or Old Dominion University


Where will I stay during the BLAST program?

Students will be housed at a university dormitory and will share a room with another student. All meals will be provided, and students will be chaperoned by Virginia licensed teachers.



Qualification Requirements

  • Students must be in 8th or 9th grade when they apply, with a B-/C+ minimum grade average (GPA at least 2.7).

  • They must also be either a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident, and they must live and attend school in Virginia (public or private middle school, high school, or homeschool).

  • Students must also be interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but they do not have to have previous experience with STEM extracurriculars like clubs or camps.

Please find the Direct Link to the Application listed below:


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