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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
In high school, Tavis Reed earned an ACT-SO gold medal for devising a technique, now patent pending, that efficiently produces ethanol. Reed has explored a wide range of research fields, from microbes to batteries, via Argonne’s Student Research Participation Program. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Stairway to science

The ACT-SO program launches high school student on path to Argonne’s student research program, a provisional patent and the pursuit of degree at Washington University in St. Louis.

October 2, 2017
Argonne and the University of Chicago partnered to help these Chicago high school students study different kinds of alternative energy. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
After-school energy rush

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory partnered with the University of Chicago to sponsor “All About Energy,” a six-week program that gives Chicago public high school students an up-close look at careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and a chance to learn what it means to be a scientist.

September 28, 2017
This summer, NAISE offered its inaugural summer research program at Argonne for 12 Northwestern undergraduate science and engineering majors. Here, Jordan Fleming examines a sensor from Argonne’s Array of Things project, while Ethan Trokie and Renee Zha work in the background. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Sensing their way to the future

The Northwestern Institute of Science and Engineering this summer offered its inaugural summer research program for 12 undergraduate science and engineering majors. During the 10-week program, the students worked on projects of mutual strategic importance to Argonne and the university in machine learning, environmental sensing, synthetic biology, materials synthesis and characterization, and energy storage.

September 20, 2017
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