Lederman Science Center at Fermilab Hosts Open House on February 11, 2001

Is there life in cold winter water? Why do lice like your hair? How do you put antimatter in a bottle?

Visitors to the Lederman Science Education Center at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will have an opportunity to explore these and other questions at an Open House on Sunday, February 11. At the Open House, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can explore hands-on science exhibits, play computer games and meet prominent scientists.

“We have a variety of activities for kids and parents,” said Marge Bardeen, head of Fermilab’s Education Office. “Children can study the microscopic life in a frigid drop of water, explore magnetic fields with the help of Fermilab graduate students and look at insects galore. They can go on a science scavenger hunt. We will offer snacks and drinks. It will be a festive atmosphere.”

Parents and teachers can learn about Fermilab’s many educational programs and investigate the latest in science toys. Information about the Open House is available from the Lederman Science Center at 630-840-8258.

Named for former Fermilab director and Nobel Prize winner Leon M. Lederman, the Science Center opened in 1993. More than 20,000 students visit the center annually, and a range of education programs provide information and support for about 6,500 teachers around the country. Funding for the center is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Education, the State of Illinois, the non-profit Friends of Fermilab, private foundations and donations from individuals.

Fermilab is a Department of Energy national laboratory operated under contract by Universities Research Association, Inc.

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For additional help, please contact the Office of Public Affairs, Fermilab, (630-840-3351)

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