Student Programs

Below is information on programs currently being offered by the College of Sciences and Mathematics for students in kindergarten through high school. Please click on the program titles for more information.

Getting Under The Surface (G.U.T.S.) (grades 1-6) - GUTS is an evening program for 1st–6th grade students and their parents or grandparents offered 2–3 times during the spring semester.  Each evening session includes dessert followed by a 90–minute science activity featuring a “Getting Under the Surface” theme designed to demystify the science of topics ranging from DNA to creatures in the deep sea to how batteries work.  The mission of GUTS is to enhance science literacy and engagement within our community by providing relevant science activities to students and their parents.

Science Matters (grades 1-6)- Science Matters is a summer enrichment academy for elementary students in grades 1-6 that offers youngsters a supercharged science experience. The program allows participants to explore the world of science through real experiments, fantastic enrichment activities, technology and art projects, and hands-on, make-n-take activities.  Each summer, Science Matters offers multiple science-themed weeks of programming.  Designed as a comprehensive six-year curricular program, Science Matters courses rotate each summer so that students can enter the program at any grade and experience unique programming each year through sixth grade.  The flexibility of Science Matters allows students to engage in a single week or in multiple weeks each summer.  Courses are designed and taught by exceptional elementary and secondary teachers of science who are trained in inquiry-based, student-centered learning approaches of instruction.

Robotics Academy - The four-day Robotics Academy offered each summer to rising 7th–9th grade students interested in robotics. Working in teams, students will engage in real world a scenario that culminates in a friendly competition on the last day of the academy. Students are introduced to the design process, the importance of technical writing, and gain hands-on experience programming and building robots using VEX robotics kits. 

S.S.I. (Summer Science Institute) - This summer science program for outstanding 11th – 12th grade students interested in science and mathematics is open to students residing in Alabama or Georgia. The program partners students with experienced AU Science and Math research faculty to explore topics more advanced than what is typically taught in a public or private high school environment.

AMP'd (Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge) - 

Middle School AMP'd - The Middle School AMP’d challenge is held each fall.  The event is a problem solving challenge in which teams of 6 – 8 middle school students to work together to 'solve a crime' by answering real mathematical puzzles. The focus of Middle School AMP’d is for students of all math ability levels to engage in math in a way that is fun, interesting, and different from a traditional math class.

High School AMP'd - The High School AMP’d challenge is held during the spring semester.  This event challenges teams of high school students to solve 10 – 12 puzzles in a five-hour period.  Teams are designated as Junior Varsity or Varsity. The primary purpose of High School AMP’d is to encourage students with an interest in math or science to think outside the box while solving especially difficult puzzles.

AU Explore - AU Explore is an annual science and math festival offered free to 5th – 8th grade students and their teachers. Featured activities include a variety of live large-scale science demo shows, including the Birds of Prey Show hosted by the Southeastern Raptor Center, and the Wet and Wild Science Show hosted by the AU Science in Motion program specialists. In addition, AU faculty and students offer dozens of hands-on mini-courses called "Science Fun Shops" in which participants dissect sheep eyes, explore buried treasure, find their house using Google Earth, and isolate their own DNA to take home in a bottle! Some of the most fascinating experiences for students occur at the Science EXPO where they handle live animals, learn how to pan for real gold, visit "Charlie, the two-headed goat", and play a Wii game that teaches them about the field of plasma physics. There really is something that will peak the interest of every child...and every teacher!

BEST Robotics (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) - BEST is a dynamic community-based program that aims to inspire middle and high school students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and mathematics through participation in a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition.  BEST – a partnership between K-12, higher education, and industry – is the only national robotics education program offered FREE to schools, reducing the barrier of participation for rural and inner-city schools.  This hands-on, interdisciplinary Project Based Learning (PBL) approach teaches students to analyze and solve real-world problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process while at the same time teaching technical writing, verbal communication skills, computer programming, web page and video design, CAD design skills, and 3-D animation design-skills sought by universities in their student recruits and industry in their employees. 

Elementary Science Olympiad (grades 1-6) - Offered each spring semester, Elementary School Science Olympiad is open to 25 teams consisting of 24 students in grades 3–6.

Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GEARSEF) GEARSEF is a regional affiliate fair of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.  ISEF, the premiere science competition in the world, annually provides a forum for millions of students from over 50 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research.  GEARSEF hosts middle and high school students from 19 counties in Central and Southeast Alabama. The top students in each category and division earn the chance to compete at the Alabama State Science and Engineering Fair. Several exceptional high school students from GEARSEF advance to the Intel ISEF in May and will compete against the top 1500 students in the world for nearly $4 million in prizes and scholarships.

Middle School Science Olympiad (grades 7-9) - Also offered each spring semester, Middle School Science Olympiad is open to 20 teams consisting of 15 students in grades 6–9.

TASSAL - (The Alabama STEM Studio for Afterschool Learning) – TASSAL is an afterschool science education initiative developed by program specialists from Auburn University’s College of Education and College of Sciences and Mathematics in collaboration with the Truman Pierce Institute. TASSAL will utilize a series of hands-on, inquiry based activities that integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles in a fun, non-threatening learning environment.

Tennessee Valley BEST - Co-produced by AU’s College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in partnership with Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama, Tennessee Valley BEST hosts teams from 11 counties across North Alabama.

The South’s BEST - South’s BEST is the regional championship event for the top 50+ teams representing 17 hubs in six states.  The three–day event attracts over 3,500 visitors to Auburn’s campus each fall.

War Eagle BEST - Co-hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, War Eagle BEST challenges 25 schools in East Central Alabama and West Georgia to design, build, and program a robot from a kit of raw materials through implementation of the Engineering Design Process. The six-week-long program culminates in a one-day, sports-like competition hosted by Auburn University.

Last updated: 07/28/2014