Fermilab hosts high school STEM career event April 13

Fermilab Computer Security professional Tim Rupp prepares a display while waiting to discuss his job with students at the 2010 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Expo.

On Wednesday, April 13, high school students from throughout the western suburban Chicago area will come to Fermilab to learn about potential career options in STEM fields.

Fermilab will host the fourth annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Expo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on April 13. The event is free of charge and will take place in Fermilab’s Wilson Hall.

“This event provides students with the opportunity to speak with people who are doing for a living what the students are interested in,” said Susan Dahl, Fermilab Education Office. “It breaks down some stereotypes and allows students to envision themselves in these types of careers.”

The expo will connect high school students with scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians. The professionals will be available at display tables to speak with students and will participate in panel discussions about their careers and educational backgrounds.

“Students can take this opportunity to compare and contrast similar types of careers so that they can understand the differences between a chemical and mechanical engineer or an astronomer and astrophysicist, for example,” Dahl said.

More than 50 professionals from across Illinois will represent nearly 30 organizations from the STEM fields at the event. To find out more information about the event, contact Nancy Lanning at edreg@fnal.gov or 630-840-5588 or online. No advance registration is necessary. A description of career types represented on the panel and the discussion schedule will be posted on the website later this week.

Event organizers include the Fermilab Education Office and educators and career specialists from Kane and DuPage county schools. Event sponsors include Fermilab Friends for Science Education, Batavia High School, Geneva Community High School, Northern Kane EFE 110 Region and VALEES (Valley Education for Employment System).

— Rhianna Wisniewski