STEM

It’s incredible to think that last year, Fermilab’s TARGET summer program for high school students turned 40. And this year, our Summer Internships in Science and Technology for undergraduates will see its 50th anniversary. If you’re looking for an extra helping hand on your experiment this summer, consider mentoring or advising TARGET or SIST intern. Postdocs, scientists, engineers, computer professionals are invited to submit research projects and commit to providing teaching, guidance and supervision.

From Yahoo! Finance, Feb. 11, 2020: A new monumental exhibit of the most women statues ever assembled in one location, at one time, is a first-of-its-kind, life-sized 3-D printed statue exhibit of more than 120 AAAS IF/THEN® ambassadors. Fermilab scientist Jessica Esquivel is one of the IF/THEN® ambassadors. The exhibit will be free to the public and will debut at Dallas’s NorthPark Center on Friday, May 1.

In an educational turning of the tables, first- through fifth-graders evaluated Fermilab scientists’ abilities to illuminate and educate at their school’s first reverse science fair. Three competing groups of scientists demoed neutrino detection, muon precession and particle acceleration in fun, accessible ways, and the elementary school students got to decide who received the blue ribbon.

Science Storytellers brings together two groups of innately curious individuals: scientists and children. In the Science Storytellers program, kids act as science journalists interviewing real-life scientists. Afterward, they share what they learned. Research shows that transmitting scientific knowledge to the public is important, but actually shifting someone’s opinions requires engaging with them in a two-way dialogue and treating them as a whole, complicated person with knowledge, experiences and influences of their own.

Fermilab held its second Wonderful Women in STEM Conference for high school girls on Nov. 2 and the first Superheroes in STEM Conference open to all high school students on Nov. 16. The Hispanic/Latino Forum group, which is part of the diversity and inclusion program at Fermilab, led the effort. More than 100 students from the Chicago area and their parents were engaged in each activity, some of them visiting Fermilab for the first time.

From Daily North Shore, Nov. 12, 2019: New Trier Township High School juniors Paul Graham and Ellie Winkler have spent the past year working with a team of 15 other Chicago-area high school students and teachers to propose, design, build and analyze a unique high-energy physics experiment for Fermilab.

From DOE, Oct. 30, 2019: Fermilab scientist Jessica Esquivel is one of 125 women chosen for the American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassadors program. The program seeks to empower women working in STEM careers and inspire the next generation of pioneers.