•  2018 ATOMS  

    Appalachia IU 8 is conducting the Advanced Training for Outstanding Mathematics and Science (ATOMS) Scholars Program again this summer. These are hands-on, high level, intensive STEM experiences for interested students who will be completing grades 2 through 8 this school year.

    2018 Camp Information:
     The ONLINE Application period has closed but late applications will be accepted.
    Shawn Cerully, 814-940-0223 ext. 1388
    Kristen Gabrielson, 814-940-0223 ext. 1357
    •    Costs are as follows:
       o    A three-day MINI-Day Camp Program  for $115 - 8:30 am - 2:45 pm
       o    A five-day BASIC-Day Camp Program  for $155 - 8:30 am - 2:45 pm
       o    Costs can be subsidized by financial aid if appropriate paperwork is provided by the family and scholarships are received from area businesses.

    •    The online application form should be completed by the parent. Following this, we will communicate with the student's school district for eligibility input. School Districts will be contacted and strongly encouraged to write specific comments regarding the student's eligibility for this program. In many cases, final determination of acceptance into the program is based on these recommendations. Comments are always confidential.

    •    If the parent is requesting financial aid, the parent will need to provide a copy of the student's current lunch program form indicating his/her eligibility for free/reduced lunches.  This form must be scanned and emailed to the
    Financial Aid email address or postal mailed to:
    ATOMS Financial Aid Requests
    c/o Student Programs 
    4500 Sixth Ave
    Altoona, PA 16602.
    •    Selection for this program is competitive and receiving an original application does not guarantee admission. Class size are limited.
    Students receive written notification of their status in the program no later than April 15, 2018. Upon receipt of the acceptance letter, payment should be made online via the IU8 registration/payment system. All fees must be paid by
    May 11, 2018.


    The 2018 ATOMS Summer Camp Dates/Locations are:

    Chestnut Ridge Middle School (New Paris, PA)  - BASIC

    June 11 - June 15

    Rockwood Area Jr/Sr High School (Rockwood, PA) - BASIC

    June 11 - June 15

    Northern Cambria Middle School (Northern Cambria, PA) - MINI

    June 12 - June 14

    Hollidaysburg Area Sr High School (Hollidaysburg, PA) - BASIC

    June 18 - June 22


    Windber Area Middle/High School (Windber, PA) - MINI

    June 19 - June 21

    Bedford Area Middle School (Bedford, PA) - BASIC

    June 25 - June 29

    Bellwood Antis High School (Bellwood, PA) - MINI

    June 26 - June 28

    Somerset Area Jr/Sr High School (Somerset, PA) - MINI

    June 26 - June 28

    Westmont Hilltop High School (Johnstown, PA) - BASIC

    July 9 - July 13

    Penn Cambria Middle School (Gallitzin, PA) - BASIC

    July 9 - July 13


    Claysburg-Kimmel High School (Claysburg, PA) - BASIC

    July 16 - July 20

    Altoona Junior High School (Altoona, PA) - Mini

    July 17 - July 19

    Blacklick Valley Jr/Sr High School (Nanty-Glo, PA) - BASIC

    July 23 - July 27

    *Note: Students are welcome to attend any camp and do NOT need to attend an ATOMS camp in their home district.