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, private schools and homeschooled.  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 a session at Virginia Tech, July 12-15, 2015 or one of two sessions at the University of Virginia, July 26-29 or August 2-5. 

Transportation to and from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia is the responsibility of each family.

Who can apply:

Current 8th and 9th grade students from Virginia middle and high schools, private schools and homeschooled.  Please note, students who previously participated in BLAST are NOT eligible to apply as we wish to provide as many students as possible a BLAST experience.

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+.