Thursday, July 31, 2008


(Check out Eddie's Photos here)


Well designed, hands-on, summer enhancement experiences can influence students’ decisions to pursue STEM areas.

Giving students the opportunity to see/experience scientific work helps them to see science (and ORNL) as accessible.

It is a hard sell for young people to give up two weeks in the summer for an academic camp experience.

We (Appalachia) need to have a higher rate of students going to college.

There is a need for better training; ORNL can show how to train and the need to train.

The ORNL experience for our Appalachian youth is a rewarding program which fills a gap and stirs a true interest in math and science.

Students want exposure to more careers and opportunities.

Students and teachers need to have experiences that allow them to apply the knowledge they often learn as abstract ideas. This type of contextualized experience (ORNL) significantly impacts students’ academic preparation and, potentially, their future work.


How can we get more students/teachers in distressed counties to apply to the ORNL Summer Camp?

While only a few individuals can participate in this very worthwhile program, how can some of these activities (modified) be implemented in local area classrooms?

How can we make it “the norm” that students – particularly 1st generation/low income ones – participate in summer academic enrichment experiences?

What would make the most impact on the students: Group Size; selection opportunities; or post–camp contact?

How do you select the participants that represent our region? A voice or a face?

A student said he/she did not see a need for math until coming to ORNL. Teachers need to be able to relate.

Grammar – of students – must be nationwide!

Why aren’t more students aware of this program?

Is it an expectation that the ARC - ORNL experience is to be connected to the AHE program? If so, who will determine what that looks like?


Communication is critical in science/math.

Take time to build community; expect group work.

High expectations and high support create positive expectations.

Students need for everyone to be involved.

ARC needs publicity about ORNL and equal representation from the Appalachian states.

AHEN Directors: What is our role? What is our influence?

The generation Gap remains.

Youthfulness matters.

Youth are interested in current events, but information needs to be conveyed using their media/ium of choice.

Oak Ridge is focused more on research.

Quality education is very important.

It is crucial for students to make the connections between the work they are doing and the application to real life.

To be successful in life, students must learn and acquire the necessary skills to keep them on the forefront.

Students learn quickly and can apply skills directly to careers.

Students want to learn.

The ORNL experience should be shared regularly with a larger audience.



We should move forward with a strategic plan for the Network.

Even though different in many aspects, AHE Centers are and can be stronger - collectively.

There is real value in brainstorming or at least talking about ideas – good and bad. This is real networking.

Diversity of opinions and experience is useful, but can make consensus difficult to obtain.

It is important that we decide upon our strategy for securing funding to sustain the AHE program. This may be done as individuals or as a group – we need a plan soon.

The concept of AHE Network is good and supportable. People see positive value in the program and can’t really argue about it – just possibly the methodology.


What can we do to ease the fears of submitting proposals as a collective network?

I need a plan of action: When, Where, & How!

How do I keep this group moving forward and creating a sustainable agenda?

How and when will we collect enough data to prepare and submit proposals?

Who should be our fiscal agent?

How can we effectively support each other when the programs and financial needs are different?

We must continue our work to build capacity and sustainability by understanding our SWOTs. And, we must full realize it is a continual work in progress.

It needs to be more than me.

Invest the time to work on developing a strategic plan for VACHE

Communication is key when expanding the understanding of what ACHE is about.

I gain confidence from connecting to state and institutional agendas.

Dollars drive agendas.

Network sustainability requires regular communications.

We need a timeline with benchmarks to establish a funding plan.

We need roles and responsibilities assigned with regard to the development and submission of a proposal.

ARC funding is “seed” money.

SWOT: Looking at the program – pros and cons.

Variety on the calendar – it needs continuous updating/evolution.

DOE programs - i.e., ORNL student/teacher/engineering program.