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In August, nearly two dozen seventh and eighth grade girls learned about the importance of computer programming at Argonne National Laboratory. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Middle school girls on a coding mission

The two-day “CodeGirls at Argonne” camp seeks to immerse the girls in computer science before they enter high school. The camp helps break down the typical stereotype of coding being a solitary and male activity. At Argonne, computer scientists work as part of interdisciplinary teams that focus on solving problems.

September 8, 2017
Whitney Ford, a senior at Plainfield East High School, explains her award-winning research during the event to honor students and volunteers of the Argonne Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) High School Research Program.  Ford used deep learning methods to identify someone’s gender by using a photo of their iris. (Image by Thomas Reed.)
Olympics of the mind

The Argonne Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) High School Research Program, is a mentorship program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne’s volunteer mentors work closely with African-American students to help them compete in the national ACT-SO competition, hone their research skills and even help to boost their confidence to strive for more.

September 5, 2017
Students practice new skills taught in the 2017 coding camp. Participants explored how Argonne scientists use computers in diverse disciplines and were introduced to up-to-date programming tools. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Widening horizons for high schoolers with code

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory hosted a five-day Coding Camp for more than two dozen high school juniors and seniors, teaching new programming skills and how computer science is an integral part of an Argonne researcher’s life.

August 23, 2017
Summer intern William Trevillyan explaind his nanoparticle research with fellow intern Savannah Mitchem. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Young minds take the stage at Argonne

Argonne’s Learning on the Lawn celebration capped 10 weeks of intense discoveries and experimentation for 90 students, led by luminaries from across the laboratory – from nuclear engineers to biologists to experts in exascale computing, systems that will be 50+ times quicker than today’s supercomputers.

August 16, 2017
An engineer at CNH Industrial takes a closer look at design components of TAG Illinois’ electric car during the design component of the 2017 Electric Car Competition. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory/Mark Lopez.)
Middle school engineers find success in iteration in Electric Car Competition

Argonne National Laboratory joined with CNH Industrial to showcase the engineering talents of Chicago-area middle school students at the annual Electric Car Competition in March.

May 24, 2017
Keeping cyber attackers at bay, the team from the University of Illinois at Chicago won Argonne’s second annual Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
2017 Cyber Defense Competition enthralls crowd at Argonne

Argonne’s second annual Cyber Defense Competition kept spectators on the edge of their seat. New dynamics added suspense to this daylong educational event for college and high school students.

April 14, 2017
15-year-old high school student Jocelyn Murray helped lead her team in solving three of the four cyber security puzzles created by Jennifer Fowler of Argonne’s Cyber Operations, Analysis and Research group. Fascinated by computers and solving cyber puzzles, Murray and her team were invited to learn about cyber defense culture at this past weekend’s second annual Argonne Cyber Defense Competition. (Image by Jonathan Berecz / Wakefield Memorial High School.)
High-schooler solves college-level security puzzle from Argonne, sparks interest in career

15-year-old Jocelyn Murray and her classmates solved a series of college-level cyber puzzles. This weekend they had a front row seat to watch college-level competitors who are older and more experienced defend their networks from constant attack.

April 5, 2017
Students get ready to race the cars they've built at the 2016 Electric Car
Competition.
From the classroom to the real world

Argonne’s educational opportunities help students apply
classroom knowledge to real-world problems.

April 3, 2017
In 75 steps, Lake Park High School becomes winner of Argonne’s 2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.  The team will participate in the National High School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals held in Columbus, Ohio later this month. (Image by Mark Lopez.)
Lake Park High School wins Argonne’s 2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

In 75 steps, Lake Park High School won Argonne’s Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge. They now go on to the national competition in Columbus, Ohio.

March 15, 2017
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is a diversity outreach program designed to provide 8th-grade girls an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Students are assigned to engineer and scientist mentors at Argonne who accompany the girls throughout the day's scheduled activities. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne hosts 15th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

IGED is a diversity outreach program designed to provide 8th-grade girls an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Students are assigned to engineer and scientist mentors who accompany the girls throughout the day's scheduled activities.

March 2, 2017