STEM Scholars tour Fermilab

On Wednesday, June 1, 13 students from U.S. Rep. Sean Casten’s STEM Scholars Program accompanied the congressman and visited the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

The STEM Scholars Program connects highly motivated students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with hands-on learning experiences in the area. Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in the Illinois 6th Congressional District, the program provides the students with opportunities to visit area STEM-related businesses and facilities with Casten and learn about potential career paths.

U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (front row, center) brought 13 STEM Scholars to Fermilab on June 1. Fermilab Director Lia Merminga (next to Casten) and Acting Fermi Site Office Manager Roger Snyder (back row, far left) welcomed the students. Photo: Marty Murphy, Fermilab

The STEM Scholars spent a full afternoon touring Fermilab. The first stop on the agenda was Wilson Hall, where the students met Director Lia Merminga and learned about the history of the lab. The students also had the opportunity to see first-hand some places where leading-edge scientific exploration takes place at Fermilab and to talk to scientists about their work. Their tour included visits to both the Short Baseline Neutrino Detector and the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center, where the students received respective overviews of the science behind each and what researchers aim to achieve.

The STEM Scholars met with scientists and engineers at Fermilab and learned about research at the laboratory. Here they are touring the Industrial Center Building, where they heard about Fermilab’s work on particle accelerators and quantum computers. Photo: Marty Murphy, Fermilab

About the STEM Scholars visit, Merminga said, “The Director’s Office was pleased to host the STEM Scholars Program students for a visit. Fostering a passion for science and technology in our youth, particularly in the local community, is instrumental to the future of particle physics, as well as the continued success of the lab.”