I have been learning about the Georgia Tech GIFT program recently, that allows science teachers to receive a stipend to spend part of the summer working in a research or industry lab. The opportunities are wide and interesting–there are labs at GA tech researching everything from the structure of cat tongues to improving solar power to holographic optics. And that’s just at Tech. You can also join research teams in industries around Georgia. A previous GIFT participant even authored a paper in the journal Nature. The details for 2018 aren’t out yet, but if you live in Georgia, you may want to keep an eye on this opportunity.
If you aren’t in Georgia (or even if you are), similar opportunities are available around the country. Check out NESTA’s list for a place to start looking.