OAK RIDGE, Ky - Two Wallenpaupack Area Middle School students attended ARC's Summer Science Academy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Kentucky.

Classmates Giulianna Iona and Kaylyn Terry, both age 13 and starting the 8th grade in September, represented Pennsylvania. They were in addition to 24 other top students selected across the other 12 Appalachian States.

In addition, two Wallenpaupack Area High School students participated, Ian Gardepe and Victoria Schafer.

The students were involved in a hands-on learning program that focued on the application of math and science

principles in the world of work.

Participants toured ORNL research facilities, use a variety of technologies to solve problems in ORAU’s learning center, and participate in field trips to nearby industries, universities, and museums. Field trips illustrate the applications of math and science in the real world and provide participants with opportunities to learn more about Appalachia and its unique characteristics.

The ARC/ORNL/ORAU Summer Science Academy is a unique opportunity for students to work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Students work in teams on research projects during the one-week academy, with each team comprising three to six students. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting.

Research topics and activities may include such areas as biofuels and alternative energy.

ORNL is one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. It is devoted to

multi-purpose research and development and is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Knoxville,