School-Based Programs

AMP'd (Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge) - Students will spend a Saturday on Auburn's campus using their mathematical and problem solving skills to recover missing puzzle pieces in order to solve a crime!

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) (grades 6-12) - 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.  Auburn University is the International Headquarters of BEST Robotics, Inc., a non-profit, all volunteer organization that impacts over 700 schools (13,000 students) in 16 states and Canada.  BEST-a partnership between K-12, higher education, and industry- is the second largest educational robotics program in the nation and the only program of its type that is 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) - Science Olympiad is a one-day sports-like science competition involving approximately 2,000 Alabama K-8 students each year. Auburn hosts two separate Olympiad events each year – one for middle school students and a separate event for elementary students.

Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GEARSEF) (grades 6-12) - 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 students from 23 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) - Science Olympiad is a one-day sports-like science competition involving approximately 2,000 Alabama K-8 students each year. Auburn hosts two separate Olympiad events each year – one for middle school students and a separate event for elementary students.

TASSAL - 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 22 teams from 11 counties across north Alabama.

The South’s BEST - The South’s BEST is a regional championship event for the top 50 teams representing eight states and twelve BEST competition sites east of the Mississippi River.  The 3-day event attracts 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 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 at Auburn University.



Last updated: 02/14/2013