Are you interested in STEM, teaching, and outdoor learning? The four-day Wittenberg FIRE week trip called Adolescent STEM and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park–Institute at Tremont could be the trip for you! In 2024, thirty-two Wittenberg students from a wide range of majors interacted with faculty learning how teachers from across the country implement experiential learning opportunities outside with students. In this biodiverse environment, students hiked, enjoyed bonfires, explored mountains and creeks, sang Bluegrass music, and reflected on their own professional direction. During the trip, in connection with the theme of mindfulness, Wittenberg students also spent an afternoon considering how you might incorporate thrill rides as experiential learning opportunities. In 2024, the group rode the award-winning Moonshine Mountain Coaster while implementing exposure therapy methods designed to treat specific phobias. As a sequel, FIRE Week 2025 will ride a newer, longer coaster called the Lost Mine Mountain Coaster.
If you are looking for support to attend the 2025 Adolescent STEM and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Institute at Tremont, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship ASCENT-STEM program provides up to 5 awards annually to Wittenberg students who are potential Noyce scholars and meet the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate of freshmen or sophomore class standing:
  • Majoring in a STEM licensure field (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics);
  • Possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average (or its equivalent).

In order to be considered for this scholarship opportunity, you must also submit an online application by the FIRE Week Deadline for the Adolescent STEM and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Institute at Tremont experience. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Daiga at

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