Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST)

Check out this FREE opportunity to interact with other students from Virginia who are interested in the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)!

BLAST offers a dynamic, three-day, residential summer experience on the campuses of Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and University of Virginia. Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm.

Current Virginia 8th and 9th grade students with at least a C+ average and a desire to explore STEM opportunities are encouraged to apply.

BLAST is offered FREE of charge to students; however, transportation to and from the universities is the responsibility of each family. Students who have previously participated in BLAST are not eligible.

2020 BLAST PROGRAM Sessions


Old Dominion University: June 28 – July 1

Virginia Tech: July 5 – 8

University of Virginia: July 12 – 15


Application is now closed for summer 2020.




Application Opens:

November 15, 2019

Application Closes:

February 10, 2020