Fermilab Education Program E-Alert — September 2013 - Spring 2014
Calendar • What we're planning • What we're reading

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Find interesting opportunities and resources in the Fermilab Education Office E-Alert newsletter. E-mail sdahl@fnal.gov to be added to or deleted from our mailing list.



Watch our website for details on these future events.

September 25, 2013 – STEM Family Night Planning Workshop 

October 24-26, 2013 – ISEC, Tinley Park, IL 

Mid-November 2013 – FFSE Online Scholarship application opens.

Spring 2014 –- Save the date for future events.

What we’re planning

STEM Family Night Planning Workshop 

September 25, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. 


Is your organization (school, PTA, library or co-op) planning a STEM Family Night? Attend this workshop to learn what Fermilab can provide to support your event. This is your opportunity to become a trained facilitator for the Hands-on Science exhibits which can be delivered free of charge. Gather information from a wealth of resources that will help run your STEM Family Night. Attendance by two facilitators is required to borrow the Hands-on Science equipment. Register online through our Science Adventure pages.

Illinois Science Education Conference 

October 24-26, 2013


Stop by the Fermilab Education Office booth. Come to our "Connecting Students with Scientists, Engineers and Technicians" session on Friday at 3:30 PM. Several Fermilab program instructors have a "Science at the Core of Reading" session on Saturday at 1:45 PM,  We hope to see you at ISEC. 

Scholarships for Teacher Workshops, Science Adventures and Transportation 


Funding for professional development for teachers and enrichment for students such as doing science in the field is becoming increasingly difficult for schools. We also know that not all families have the opportunity to enroll students in science and math enrichment classes. Fermilab Friends for Science Education offers scholarships for teachers to attend summer workshops, assist with field trip transportation expenses and provide scholarships to families for student classes held at Fermilab. The online scholarship application form will be available from mid-November through mid-March for workshops held during summer 2014 and field trips for the school year 2014-2015. Applicants will be notified in April 2014.

Science Adventures


Science Adventures, informal classes for students in grades PreK-10, continue on Saturday throughout the school year. See the home page link for Science Adventures for a listing of current classes. Interested in being a Science Adventure instructor? Contact Susan Dahl.

Classroom Presentations


Fermilab volunteers offer presentations to enhance your classroom curriculum. If your school is within reasonable driving distance of the Lab, Fermilab scientists, engineers and technicians bring presentations on physical science topics to your students. Presentations are geared toward students in grades 2 through 12 and are free of charge to classrooms. Select a topic related to your curriculum, a few optional days, and read the "Additional Information" link regarding how many presentations and students can be accommodated. 

Save the Date

Fermilab Family Open House 

February 9, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High School Career Expo

April 16, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. 


Wonders of Science

April  6, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 


What we’re reading

What we're reading on the web, in journals and good books. 

Is reading in the science content area becoming more important to you as your school implements the Common Core? The Teacher Resource Center collection has a great deal of new informational text (non-fiction, biographies and fiction sparking science).

A new space for K-8 math and science core curriculum allows curriculum committees a nice workroom to compare the latest STEM curriculum materials. ed.fnal.gov/trc

Visit our website – http://ed.fnal.gov

For more details on programs, follow any of these links from the home page:

"Quick Links to Programs" links to “Teacher Workshops.” Use the “Calendar.”

"Search Programs" lets you set the parameters for programs of interest to you. 

Use the “Educators” tab or follow the links listed below. 

Like the Fermilab Education Office Facebook Page. 

If you are a Facebook member, you'll receive updates from us if you "Like" our page. Join a group. When logged into Facebook, go to the top search box and search for "Fermilab Teacher Resource Center" and click "Ask to Join Group" on the top right. As a member, you can read and post questions and comments to the other members of this group. You can also have online chats with other members of the group. We may add groups in the future for other areas of interest. 

Contact Program Staff

Marge Bardeen, mbardeen@fnal.gov

Susan Dahl, sdahl@fnal.gov

Spencer Pasero, spasero@fnal.gov 

Liz Quigg, liz@fnal.gov

Sue Sheehan, sheehan@fnal.gov