The free virtual event brings fun, family-friendly physics from the lab to the living room!
Fermilab’s annual Family Open House returns for families and kids of all ages to experience America’s premier particle physics laboratory from the comfort of their homes. Activities will include live talks, pre-recorded “on-demand” demos and activities, trivia, virtual tours of the lab facilities, a community art show and more. All events and activities are free for all to enjoy, but advanced registration is required. This is the 18th year for the Family Open House hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and builds on last year’s virtual event, which engaged more than 10,000 participants from around the world.
The five-day event line-up features the return of the “Iron Scientist” competition, which will have Fermilab staff members going head-to-head in a battle to create homemade physics demos. Inspired by cooking shows like Food Network’s “Iron Chef” and “Chopped,” each competitor will receive a box of mystery items to create their own science demonstration. The virtual audience members will vote on the best presentation and choose the winner who will be declared the Iron Scientist.
“We are really excited for the return of the virtual Family Open House,” said Amanda Early, Fermilab senior education program leader. “It’s really cool that, regardless of where people are located, they can learn more about the amazing research that takes place at the Fermilab.”
Perennial favorites like the Mr. Freeze cryogenics show and Ask-A-Scientist will make an appearance via Zoom. Visitors can tune in to webinars on a wide variety of topics, including physics, art and ecology. There are also special opportunities for teachers to engage in the events with their students during virtual classroom visits. And lab staff will read STEM-themed bedtime stories on Facebook Live each evening during the Family Open House at 7:00 p.m. CST.
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This year’s schedule will offer people an unusual chance to peek inside experiments such as the Muon g-2 experiment, which released exciting first results in April 2021 that captivated the world. Participants will get a virtual tour of the Fermilab site, with a chance to view and learn about world-class research facilities not typically open to the public.
The event receives support from Fermilab Friends for Science Education.
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