Many science professionals at LLNL contribute their
time and expertise as education outreach volunteers. They choose activities
that match their interest and time availability. There are several ways
to participate. The following is a partial list.
- Guiding science teachers through laboratory facilities
- Presenting science demonstrations to students
- Developing science teaching materials
- Presenting science talks to students
- Conducting workshops
If you are interested in joining this special group
of volunteers, the Scientists in Education, or are already a member, register
with us today. Registration allows Science & Technology Education
Program, STEP, to track and recognize your contributions.
The following is a more detailed description of several
of the education activities that use Laboratory science volunteers.
Edward Teller Science Education
The Edward Teller Science
Education Symposium provides science teachers with new
science teaching materials to keep their instruction and content
knowledge up-to-date. These materials are based upon research
occurring at LLNL. Presenters, work in collaboration with science
teachers to develop the science materials and present the instruction
in a one-day Saturday workshop. The teachers attending the
symposium tour the research facilities related to the workshop
theme. Participation commitment varies from an hour to guide
tours, several hours on a Saturday to present instruction,
and several days to develop materials.
Fun with Science Presenter
Fun with Science (FWS) is a two-hour
presentation conducted on site at the LLNL
Discovery Center as part of the Lab's Super Science Field
Trip for fifth grade classes. FWS generates student interest
in science through fun and interesting physical science demonstrations.
Following a brief training program, Lab science staff conduct
presentations at the LLNL Discovery Center. FWS presentations
are held Monday through Friday mornings, 10:00 am to 12:00
noon. For more information, refer to the Super
Science Field Trip web page.
Teacher Research Academies
Teacher Research Academies provide science
teachers with a continuum of professional
development across several science themes, and is a continuation
of the Edward Teller Symposium. The instruction is based
upon research occurring at LLNL. Laboratory scientists work
with science educators to create and present the instruction.
This instruction includes tours of research facilities. Participation
commitment varies from an hour to guide tours, several hours
to present instruction, and several days to develop materials.
The academies occur during the work week during July and
August. For additional information refer to the Teacher
Research Academies web page.
Science on Saturday Presenter
on Saturday is a lecture series to introduce students
to the “Big Science” at LLNL. Lab scientists,
work with high school science teachers to develop a 60-minute
presentation that provides the students with a baseline of
science knowledge sufficient to understand the research discussed
in the presentation. Presentation preparation is an estimated
12-hour commitment and presentations require a 4 hours on
a Saturday morning.
Speakers Bureau Presenter
Bureau offers LLNL employees a chance to serve as guest
speakers at local events, such as school district
career days for students, community meetings, and club meetings.
enjoy public speaking, this is your chance to tell
our community about your work at LLNL and the world-class science
conducted at the Lab. To join the Speakers' Bureau, email
Nadine Horner or call at 925-423-9051.
Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair
The ACSEF held
in March of each year in Hayward, has numerous
volunteer needs including judges, mentors,
science review committee members, and day-of
support. If you are new to science fairs and need some extra coaching please contact the fair director Patti Carothers or phone at 925-426-7879. Our ACSEF team is available to help.
Frequently, Lab scientists create their own programs
and work with STEP to disseminate these materials to teachers, students
and the public. For example, this year 3 LLNL scientists created and
presented a Microbiology Boot Camp to
prepare high school students to do microbiology science fair projects.
STEP supported this effort and will work with this group to disseminate
it to a broader audience in the future.
Download our Education Ambassadors flyer to learn more.
If you plan to retire soon and would like to participate in educational outreach, download our Retirees flyer.