A busy week for Fermilab education and outreach

Spencer Pasero

Spencer Pasero

The past week has been eventful for Fermilab’s Office of Education and Public Outreach.

It started last Friday, when we represented Fermilab at the fourth USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. An estimated 350,000 people attended the event, and the Fermilab booth received a special visit from Rep. Randy Hultgren.

Sunday, our office hosted the 29th annual Wonders of Science show. High school teachers Lee Marek, Karl Craddock and Mike Heinz wowed the Ramsey Auditorium audience with an hour of physics and chemistry demonstrations, keeping the young audience engaged and laughing.

And this Wednesday, April 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fermilab will host the annual STEM Career Expo in cooperation with Kane and DuPage County schools. All high school students, not just those from Kane and DuPage counties, are invited to meet professionals from a wide variety of STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to learn about careers in those fields and the educational pathways that lead there.

Our office is excited whenever we have a chance to share the joy of science with the local community and students around the country, and we thank everyone who helps us do that, especially the volunteers for all of our programs. When we make connections outside the laboratory, we show people that they, too, can make new discoveries. That’s good for them and for Fermilab.

Spencer Pasero is the head of the Office of Education and Public Outreach.