About the Program

Fun, Excitement, Innovation

The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia (UVA), and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  BLAST will offer an exciting, on-campus, summer STEM experience for current 8th and 9th grade students from Virginia middle and high schools.  Offered FREE to students, BLAST will bring STEM alive through a series of innovative experiences led by faculty and staff, and designed to spark interest in STEM opportunities.  Faculty demonstrations will showcase some out-of-the-ordinary science and engineering results with the goal to increase student curiosity. 

Students will have an opportunity to choose from one of two sessions at Virginia Tech, July 13-16 or July 20-23, or one session at the University of Virginia, July 27-30. 

Who can apply:

Current 8th and 9th grade students from Virginia middle and high schools.

In order to participate, students must:
  • Be a Virginia resident.
  • Be a current 8th grade or 9th grade student at the time of application.
  • Have an interest or curiosity in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). 
  • Have a grade level average at least B to C+.