About the Program

UVA

Fun, Excitement, Innovation

The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University (ODU), University of Virginia (UVA, Virginia Tech (VT) and the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

BLAST will offer an exciting on-campus summer STEM experience FREE to participating students.  BLAST will bring STEM alive through a series of innovative sessions led by faculty and staff designed to spark interest in STEM opportunities.  Faculty demonstrations will showcase some out-of-the-ordinary science and engineering, with the goal of increasing student curiosity.

Students may apply to attend any ONE of the following sessions in the summer of 2016:

  • Session 1:  June 26-29 – Old Dominion University
  • Session 2:  July 13-16 – Virginia Tech
  • Session 3:  July 24-27 – University of Virginia
  • Session 4:  July 31-August 3 – University of Virginia

Who can apply?

Students must meet all of the following qualifications in order to apply:

  • Be a current 8th or 9th grade student from a Virginia middle, high, home-school or private school.
  • Be a Virginia resident and U.S. Citizen.
  • Have at least a C+ average.
  • Have a desire to explore STEM opportunities.
  • Not have previously attended BLAST.
  • Have transportation to and from the university.

Selection process

All qualified applications will be reviewed by a panel of educators and student selections made for the number of available slots for each university.  Geographic and demographic diversity are taken into consideration.

Students may apply to attend any ONE of the following sessions in the summer of 2016:

  • Session 1:  June 26-29 – Old Dominion University
  • Session 2:  July 13-16 – Virginia Tech
  • Session 3:  July 24-27 – University of Virginia
  • Session 4:  July 31-August 3 – University of Virginia

Click here for sample daily schedules from the 2015 sessions of BLAST.