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Daniel Wright Jr. High School is the winner of the 2017 DOE Regional Middle School Science Bowl. This makes for the sixth win in seven years for the suburban Chicago school, which will now go on to compete in the National Finals of the DOE National Science Bowl® in Washington D.C. this April. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Middle schoolers test their knowledge at science bowl competition

Ten middle school teams met at Argonne for the 27th annual Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl in February.

February 15, 2017
Students tried their hands at computer coding during “Hour of Code,” a global movement to encourage interest in computer science. Here, Argonne scientist Christopher Peters talks to students at Heritage Grove Middle School. Argonne’s educational programs department arranged for 45 Argonne, Fermilab and UChicago computer scientists to visit 49 different schools across the Chicagoland area. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Hour of Code sends 45 Argonne, Fermilab and UChicago computer scientists to schools

Argonne’s Educational Programs Department coordinated an effort to send computer scientists from Argonne and Fermilab National Laboratory and computer science students from the University of Chicago into schools in the greater Chicago area last December for Hour of Code, a global movement that aims to get everyone, kids to adults, to try computer coding for an hour.

February 3, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate student Elena Montoto (right) receives her Hispanic-Latino Club scholarship.
Argonne’s Hispanic-Latino Club gives back

Argonne's Hispanic-Latino Employee Resource Group awarded $5,100 in scholarships to students from junior high to university levels this spring.

June 21, 2016
Neuqua Valley High School  students Anna Thomas, Vanessa Cai, Nadia Young and Natalie Ferguson discuss an experiment at Sector 20 of the Advanced Photon Source, a large synchrotron at Argonne National Laboratory. The students used X-rays to study ancient pottery. (Photo by Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory)
High schoolers study ancient pottery at Advanced Photon Source

The experimental facilities of a typical high school physics classroom don’t usually include a synchrotron. But Natalie Ferguson and more than 60 of her schoolmates not only got to see the Advanced Photon Source: they used it to do research.

June 16, 2016
Members of the Red Team strategize new ways to attack the systems of teams at the first annual Argonne Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition this weekend. The Red Team included, from left, Mississippi State University student William Showalter, Argonne software engineer Qizhi Zhang, Argonne Cyber Security Operations Manager Matt Kwiatkowski and Evan McBroom, also from Mississippi State.
Cyber Defense Competition draws students to Argonne

More than 75 aspiring cyber defenders from across Illinois and Iowa converged Saturday on Argonne National Laboratory to take on the challenge of the first Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

April 26, 2016
Nine Chicago area Middle School teams competed in the 26th annual Regional Science Bowl at Argonne this February.  Science Bowl is a fast-paced Jeopardy-style question-and-answer competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and math
Science Superbowl: Junior High students compete to win the Regional Science Bowl

Nine Chicago area Middle School teams competed in the 26th annual Regional Science Bowl at Argonne. Science Bowl is a fast-paced Jeopardy-style question-and-answer competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and math

February 29, 2016
A student from from Chicago's Laura S. Ward STEM School learning to use computational thinking
Inspiring the next generation of computational thinkers

Argonne hosted a My Brother’s Keeper Event for City of Chicago Students.

January 13, 2016
One Hour of Code, A Lifetime of Interest

Argonne National Laboratory’s Educational Programs, in partnership with the Computer Science Education Working Group, recently participated in the Hour of Code initiative December 7-12.

January 11, 2016
Researchers used intense X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source to study how the bombardier beetle sprays hot, caustic chemicals when threatened. Top: The bombardier beetle can aim its noxious spray from two separate rear glands. Bottom: This colored scanning electron microscope image shows the structure of the two glands. To protect the beetle’s insides, the chambers holding the chemicals are lined with a thick layer of protective cuticle, shown in brown. Areas with less cuticle—and more flexibility—are shown in blue. The white arrow identifies the reaction chamber; the purple arrow shows the junction between the reaction chamber and the exit channel; and the yellow arrow points out the exit channel dorsal membrane. (Click to view larger.)
10 cool science and technology stories from Argonne in 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the coolest stories that came out of research conducted by Argonne scientists and engineers this year.

December 23, 2015
INCREASE members visited Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to network and learn how to submit competitive proposals for their research. (Click image to enlarge.)
Keys to Access: Argonne-INCREASE partnership opens doors to collaboration

Argonne hosted 34 members of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Education and Access in Science and Engineering (INCREASE) group for a two day workshop.

October 27, 2015