All Outreach Programs

All Outreach Programs

Below is an alphabetical list of the programs currently being offered by the College of Sciences and Mathematics for kindergarten through high school students, kindergarten through high school teachers, and the community. Please click on the program titles for more information.

You may also check out the Southeastern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE) website for more information on programs focused on robotics competitions and training for students and teachers.

Alabama Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF) - ASEF is the Alabama State Science and Engineering Fair, an affiliate fair of the Regeneron 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. ASEF hosts middle and high school regional fair winners from across the state. Several exceptional high school students from ASEF will advance to the Regneron ISEF in May and will compete against the top 1500 students in the world for nearly $4 million in prizes and scholarships.

Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge (AMP'd) - The Middle School AMP’d challenge is held each spring.  The event is a problem solving challenge in which teams of 6 – 8 middle school students to work together to 'complete their mission' 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.

AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) – The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide.  AMSTI at Auburn University is a comprehensive K-12 science and math systemic educational transformation program that impacts thousands of teachers and students in east Alabama.  Its mission is to provide all students in grades K-12 with the knowledge and skills needed for success in the workforce and/or postsecondary studies.  Due to the efforts of other science and math outreach programs, Auburn University was named an AMSTI site beginning in Fall 2006. 

AP Institute - AP Institute is the official training program developed by The College Board. COSAM’s Office of Outreach, in collaboration with the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Auburn University, hosts science and mathematics courses for area high school teachers each summer. Course offerings vary annually, but generally include professional development courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics. Registration for these programs occurs through the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. For more information visit,

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.  

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.

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. 


Destination STEM - Destination STEM is an interactive experience and open house where middle and high school students considering careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are invited to join us and feel the excitement that this fabulous science and math educational experience delivers! Auburn University faculty and staff within the Science, Engineering, and Math fields will be on hand providing information and highlighting their fields of study. Destination STEM gives students a chance to learn about our campus, our programs and the incredible opportunities offered through Auburn's College of Science and Mathematics. Sixth (6) through tenth (10) grade students will have opportunities to chat one-on-one with students and faculty, experience interactive exhibits, and see live large-scale demonstrations.  

EmpowHER - EmpowHER is a mini-conference for 8-11th grade girls interested in pursuing STEM majors and/or careers. This event is held in conjunction with the International Day for Women and Girls in Science.  Students hear from women in STEM about issues they have faced in their careers, their research, and the opportunities STEM has opened up for them in breakout sessions, table exhibits, and panel discussions. 

Getting Under The Surface (G.U.T.S.)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.  

Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GEARSEF) - GEARSEF is a regional affiliate fair of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron 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 Regeneron ISEF in May and will compete against the top 1500 students in the world for nearly $4 million in prizes and scholarships.

Mathematical Puzzle Program (MaPP) - The High School MaPP program is held each spring. The event is based on a national puzzle program that promotes active teamwork and collaboration over individual seated problem solving. Puzzles are based on solving real world mathematical issues based on current mathematical research. 

Science in Motion - The cost of science equipment required for many high school science laboratory experiences often prevents schools or school systems from doing high quality inquiry with their students.  The Science in Motion program purchases science equipment that can be shared for free between school systems across a region of Alabama.  School systems interested in participating in the program send their science teachers to professional development workshops for two consecutive summers to learn mastery of subject matter, proper use of equipment, and are provided with the opportunity to network with peers.  Then, during the school year Science in Motion program specialists drop off the science equipment at each school on an as needed basis.  The Science in Motion specialists may also join the teachers to team teach during classroom visits.  Auburn University hosts Science in Motion in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Science Matters - Science Matters is a summer enrichment academy for elementary students in grades 1-8 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 eighth 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.

Science Olympiad - 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 local event for elementary schools and the Alabama State Competition for middle and high schools. 

Elementary Science Olympiad - Offered each spring semester, Elementary School Science Olympiad is open to 20 teams consisting of 25 students in grades 3–6.

Alabama State Competition - Auburn hosts the Alabama State Competition for middle and high school teams each spring.

Science Pub/Science CafeJoin us each month for a night of science, good drinks, tasty sweets, and great conversations! At the AU Science Pub/Science Cafe event, participants have the opportunity to sit down and talk about new and exciting science and technology with scientists in our community, all the while relaxing in a great local food and drink venue.  

SSI (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 week long, residential 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. 

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