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Office of Education and Public Outreach: Beauty and Charm Teacher Program

Beauty and Charm (6–9)
How do scientists work? How can we study things we can't even see? Beauty & Charm is an activity-based program for middle schoolers, which culminates in a field trip to Fermilab. Beauty & Charm provides students with authentic experiences using scientific practices and cross-cutting concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards. The program includes an instructional unit, a professional development workshop and a free docent-led field experience at Fermilab.
About the Teacher Workshop
Experience the Beauty and Charm curriculum as your students will! Master teachers lead the activities in the fifth edition of the Beauty & Charm manual and provide insight from experience with students. Participants will also experience the student field trip and a special driving tour of the Lab.
"Loved all the labs and new ideas."

"Instructors are very knowledgeable and professional, extremely organized and offered students many helpful suggestions; this is the BEST staff development class I have taken in 25 years of instructions."

"I can't speak highly enough about this program or Fermilab; I will continue to stay as involved with Fermilab and/or its resources as much as possible, and spread the word to anyone and everyone who will listen!"

In the Classroom
Beauty and Charm is an engaging, exciting, exploratory physical science program in which students learn how scientists work, and how we can learn about things we can't see. Activites introduce your students to the world of particle physics, and to the concept of science as a process of constant, ongoing learning.

"I felt that the teachers, docent and all the scientist/staff at Fermilab respected us as educators and made us feel very welcomed. I feel way more knowledgable about particle physics and am prepared to bring some of that knowledge into my classroom."

"I can't wait to try the experiments which show students 'how small is small'. I think it is a great visual!"

About the Field Trip

Beauty and Charm Field Trip: 2019-2020 School Year

  • By attending the workshop, teachers may bring students to Fermilab for free field trips.
  • Students must be over the age of 10.
  • Must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Use the Field Trip Request Form.
  • Field Trips are available Tuesday - Friday starting in November each school year.
  • Group size: Minimum of 10; maximum of 120
  • Chaperones: One adult chaperone (instructor or responsible adult) for every 10 students. We recommend that groups bring extra chaperones to ensure that the minimum number make the trip. Tours are not permitted for groups that arrive without the minimum number of required chaperones.
  • Groups may arrange to eat lunch in the Fermilab cafeteria.

Beauty and Charm Field Trips include:

  • Tour of Wilson Hall, Linear Accelerator, and Main Control Room.
  • Connect with Fermilab science and take data using the Lederman Science Center exhibits.
  • Participate in a Q&A with a scientist or engineer.

"(Students) actually get to see that people are really doing science."

"We had a wonderful time today. I had 4 Dads among the many chaperones that attended. This is one of the only field trips that I have Dads volunteer for. I know they all had a great time too. As usual, it always goes by much too fast. Our docents were really great and knowledgeable. There were lots of new activities at the Lederman Science Center and the students really enjoyed them. Of course the visit with the scientist was the highlight, as always!"

"The scientist … was fabulous. We appreciated the fact that he did not 'talk down' to our students. As a result, we saw them blossom on their trip and really step outside their comfort zones, asking thought-provoking questions. Our 7th Grade students have been visiting Fermi for many years, and this year was particularly enjoyable. The docents were patient, knowledgeable, and pleasant. Thank you so much for a great experience."

"I want them to hear about the philosophy of everyone being significant. That's important for them to understand, especially at this age; that they have a voice, that their ideas are important, and when they come here, it's the same message that I give them in the classroom."

Virtual Teacher Workshop 2021
Date:July 12–15, 2021 - Register
Time:9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Graduate Credit:2 semester hours graduate credit available through the University of St. Francis (additional fee applies). Click here for more information. The course name is Introduction to Particle Physics.
ISBE recertification:24 PDHs (non-credit)

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