Fermilab offers Family Open House, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005

Visitors need to register by February 10 to receive free tickets

From historical scientists to hands-on activities, from an accelerator tour to a liquid-nitrogen show, the Family Open House on Sunday, February 13 at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory offers something for the entire family.

Organized by the Fermilab Education Office, the Family Open House celebrates the World Year of Physics 2005, which marks the anniversary of three revolutionary publications by Albert Einstein one hundred years ago. Visitors can join tours of two small accelerators on the Fermilab site, and they can visit the viewing area on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall, where Fermilab physicists will be available to talk and answer questions. A new exhibit, “The Quantum Universe,” is open as well. As a special surprise, visitors can “meet” four famous scientists of the past 100 years and learn more about their accomplishments.

“All of the activities will take place in Wilson Hall and the adjacent Ramsey Auditorium,” said co-organizer Spencer Pasero, an education specialist at Fermilab. “We’ll have tables with hands-on activities for midlevel students, and Fermilab scientists will give entertaining presentations and mingle with the crowd.”

The Family Open House will be held on Sunday, February 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free of charge, but participants need to register and obtain tickets ahead of time. Registration deadline is February 10. To receive tickets, please send an email to edreg@fnal.gov or call Nancy Lanning at 630-840-5588. All are welcome, but the Open House activities will be most appropriate for students age 11 and up.

For information on additional World Year of Physics events at Fermilab, please see our Web page at www.fnal.gov/pub/now/wyop05.html

Fermilab is a national laboratory funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, operated by Universities Research Association, Inc.

Media contact
  • Spencer Pasero, Fermilab Education Office, spasero@fnal.gov, 630-840-3076
  • Kurt Riesselmann, Fermilab Office of Communication, media@fnal.gov, 630-840-3351