The Education Office FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of the Lederman Science Center?

The center is open Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

What activities do you offer for children? For families?

Programs for children of all ages include:

  • Science Adventures offered throughout the year
    To register print and fill out this form.
    Fax to 630-840-2500 or mail to Science Adventures, Fermilab MS 777, Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510. We accept registrations up to the day of the class. However, a class that does not have the minimum number of registrants will be canceled one week prior to the scheduled date.
  • Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tours every Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
  • Ask-a-Scientist offered the first Sunday of each month, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
  • Fermilab Prairie Quadrat Study offered twice a month during the summer
  • Once-a-year special events.
  • Check the calendar for more information:

Do you offer programs for Scouts?

Our Scout Program offers two-hour badge sessions for Boy Scouts, Webelos and Junior Girl Scouts at the Lederman Science Center on Saturdays, days off school or after school. Contact Sue Sheehan at 630-840-5058.

What volunteer opportunities are available for members of the technical staff?

Check out our list of volunteer opportunities.

As a Fermilab employee, how can I arrange for a scientist to visit my child's school?

Contact Andrea Cox at 630-840-8259.

I want to visit my child's classroom; what resources are available to me?

The Teacher Resource Center has a variety of demos and activities you may borrow. Contact Susan Dahl at x3094.

What resources are available in the Teacher Resource Center?

Contact Susan Dahl of the Teacher Resource Center at x3094 to find about:

  • Instructional resources that a teacher can preview.
  • Good scientific books and activities for children.
  • Fermilab materials available for teachers.

What internships or job shadowing possibilities are available for high school students?

There are two internship programs:

We have limited opportunities for job shadowing. Contact Tanja Waltrip at 630-840-5588.

Can I use a project/task code to purchase items from the gift shop for a Fermilab event?

Yes. Contact Andrea Cox at x8259.

Do you charge sales tax for gift shop purchases?

Yes, if they're personal purchases. If they're purchased for a Fermilab event/with Fermilab money, it is tax exempt.

I need a Fermilab logo item not sold at the store for a special event. Who can I contact? What do I do?

Contact Andrea Cox, the store manager, at x8259 for information.