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.
- 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+.