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Best-selling science fiction writer Andy Weir visited Argonne in June to inspire next-generation scientists and learn about the laboratory’s world-class facilities and talent. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne welcomes The Martian author Andy Weir

Best-selling science fiction author Andy Weir visited Argonne to give a series of standing-room-only talks, inspiring students and scientists alike.

June 29, 2018
In late May, the Chicago chapter of the Association for Women in Science met at Argonne to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Celebrating 40 years of empowerment in science

Four decades ago, an ambitious group of women scientists at Argonne banded together to help form a group that would empower generations of women to come. In late May, they celebrated the 40th anniversary of that group, the Chicago Area Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

June 7, 2018
Researcher Kevin Beyer explained the nuances of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to two Aqsa students. Along with 14 other schools, the Aqsa students took part in Argonne’s Exemplary Student Research Program in February. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne’s Exemplary Student Research Program inspires girls to join the sciences

Now in its seventh year, this educational program encourages high school students to work with Argonne scientists. In 2018, students from Aqsa School investigated lithium-ion batteries at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source.

April 27, 2018
CNH Industrial’s Hui Deng inspects the team’s cars during the design stage of the annual Electric Car Competition, co-sponsored by Argonne and CNH Industrial. Judges scored each middle-school entry based on technology, innovation, craftsmanship, team knowledge and documentation. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
The race for young scientific minds

Argonne partners with CNH Industrial to test the competitive nature of budding engineers as they design, build and race their own electric cars.

April 12, 2018
Lewis University bested 24 other university teams nationwide this past weekend during the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cyber Defense Competition. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Lewis University wins the Department of Energy Cyber Defense Competition

Lewis University wins the 2018 DOE Cyber Defense Competition.

April 10, 2018
Over 100 middle-school girls attended Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) for motivational presentations and hands-on activities. Here, students learn about how computer scientists visualize data collected from researchers. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Warm introductions to science and engineering

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is an opportunity for over 100 girls to learn about STEM careers by participating in hands-on activities, listening to presentations and sitting down with scientists for mentoring sessions.

March 7, 2018
Reigning champions Daniel Wright Junior High School won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2018 Illinois Regional Middle School Science Bowl in January. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Regional competition tests knowledge and inspires the next generation to reach towards their future

Thirteen middle school teams faced off at Oswego East High School for the 28th annual Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl in January.

February 9, 2018
Two students at Chicago’s Wadsworth Elementary school learn coding basics from Argonne’s Charlotte Haley (not pictured) as part of the worldwide Hour of Code in December 2017. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Power hour

Argonne’s Education department partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Chicago and sent 50 scientists to Chicago area schools in December as part of the global Hour of Code.

January 15, 2018
Argonne National Laboratory scientist Sergey Chemerisov (left) works with Ian Hamilton (right), CEO of Atlas Energy Systems and a member of Chain Reaction Innovation to set up a system to generate ionized gas from the Van de Graff Accelerator at Argonne. This system coverts gas to energy through a patented novel technology for use in portable battery systems. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Atlas wins ocean-themed competition

Startup in Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations wins international pitch competition Ocean Exchange.

November 7, 2017
Several of the college students who spent the summer researching at Argonne were from the University of Chicago. They focused on projects related to nuclear energy, ranging from the nuts and bolts of a reactor to education and non-proliferation. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Demystifying nuclear energy

As part of Argonne’s summer internship program, four college students focused on nuclear energy projects for the laboratory, ranging from the nuts and bolts of a reactor to education and non-proliferation.

October 13, 2017