Student Programs

Student Academic Year 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.

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 '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.

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.

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. 

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.

Destination STEMDestination STEM will continue to be 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 twelfth (12) grade students will have opportunities to chat one-on-one with students and faculty, experience interactive exhibits, and see live large-scale demonstrations.

Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair - 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.

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.

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 for middle students and a separate event for elementary students. 

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

Middle and High School Science Olympiad State Competition - State Science Olympiad Competition for Middle and High School teams that advance from their regional competition.