Fermilab Education Program E-Alert — September 2012 Spring 2013

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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. 

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Fermilab Friends for Science Education, our not-for-profit organization, has been nominated to share in $5 million in grants from the Chase Community Giving program. Vote between September 6 through 19. Go to: http://ed.fnal.gov/ffse/chase

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Watch our website for details on these future events.

February 10, 2013 – Fermilab Family Open House

April 10, 2013 – STEM Career Expo

April 2013 date to be determined – Wonders of Science

What we’re planning

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. 

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 2013 and field trips for the school year 2013-2014. Applicants will be notified by April 2013.

Fermilab Family Open House 

February 10, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 


Join us for a party for children who bring an adult with them to learn about the world of physics. (Plenty for grown-ups too.) Take a tour to see the Cockcroft-Walton accelerator, linear accelerator gallery, and Main Control Room. Explore physics concepts with hands-on activities. Ask a scientist your physics questions. Enjoy exciting science demonstration shows. The open house will be most appropriate for families with children in grades 3 and up. Tours restricted to those ages 10 and up. The program is free and partially supported by Fermilab Friends for Science Education. Watch the website for updates. Contact edreg@fnal.gov (preferred) or 630-840-5588 with questions. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High School Career Expo

April 10, 2013 – 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. 


High school students from Kane and DuPage Counties are invited to meet scientists, engineers and technicians from many STEM careers. Ask career questions of the experts. Attend panels to learn more. The program to be held at Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (high rise) is free, and no registration is required. Panel sessions will be posted closer to the date of the event. For general questions, send e-mail to edreg@fnal.gov. 

Wonders of Science

April 2013 date to be determined – 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 

Help Fermilab celebrate the wonders of science at a special 25th annual show! Award-winning high-school chemistry and physics teachers will present a fast-paced series of demonstrations on chemical and physical phenomena that will involve you and your young scientists mentally and, at times, physically! Portions of this show have been seen on many national television broadcasts, including Inside Edition, the CBS Evening News, and David Letterman. The presenters are master science teachers who have been recognized locally and nationally for their ability to reach young minds. Tickets: $4 (nonrefundable). Contact edreg@fnal.gov (preferred) or 630-840-5588 with questions. A printable registration form is available at:


What we’re reading

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

Thank you to all of the teachers who attended our programs this summer and to our top-notch instructors. We have been reading this blog by Wayne Wittenberg, instructor of the Phriendly Physics program. http://phriendlyphysics.blogspot.com/ Nice example of program sharing. Thank you, Wayne. Do you know of other sites with tie-ins to our programs? Let us know. 

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