Lee Marek

Our program presents novel demonstrations guaranteed to hook kids and adults into thinking about science concepts. Weird Science" entertains while it educates. It is our job to awaken our student's desire to learn--to keep the students mentally coming back. You cannot communicate with people who are not mentally present. If you want "presence" you have to capture attention. "Weird Science" provides tools to capture attention.
Lee, a chemistry teacher from Naperville North High School, has been involved in several Fermilab education programs since their inception in 1993. Lee was the Program Coordinator for the Summer Institute for Science and Mathematics Teachers and developed a repertoire of chemical demonstrations. He catalyzed a small group of inspired teachers into the Weird Science demonstration team which now tours the country and presents to approximately 15,000 teachers and students annually. His quick wit, collaborative spirit, leadership and ease in relating to audiences, aged 3-93, have won Lee national acclaim. He has appeared on the CBS News Special "Education Our Nations Toughest Assignment", numerous regional and national television programs and the David Letterman show on several occasions.

In addition to dozens of local, state and regional awards, Lee has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and Tandy Technology Scholar Award for Outstanding Teachers. Weird Science teachers were Fermilab's 1992 Association of Science and Technology Centers Honored Teacher of the Year. Lee has mentored students to success in the national Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition, American Chemical Society National Science Exam, Junior Engineering Teams (JETS) competitions and numerous science fairs.

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