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Batteries have helped make our on-the-go way of life possible, but what do you know about how they work? Photo by Piotr Zajc/Shutterstock.
Four things you may not know about batteries

Batteries have helped make our on-the-go way of life possible, but what do you know about how they work?

September 4, 2015
Mike Papka, director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, works with high school students at coding camp. Students learned the Python programming language, among other problem-solving skills related to computer science. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne programming camp sparks students’ scientific curiosity

Argonne National Laboratory hosted a summer coding camp with 42 students from Chicago-area high schools. Four days of lessons covered an introduction to the Python programming language, emphasized problem-solving skills and showed students what it’s like to be a STEM professional.

August 10, 2015
At “Charging up the Classroom,” students check how much power they have produced after using wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity. All photos by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory. (Click image to view larger.)
JCESR introduces high school students to the future of battery science

Early this summer, 80 Chicago-area high school students got a glimpse of the importance of energy storage and how battery science is improving our world both today and tomorrow.

July 30, 2015
Argonne mentors stand beside students from Chicago-area schools. Argonne’s ACT-SO STEM Research and Mentoring Program provides mentors and facilities to help students prepare their research for ACT-SO’s STEM competition. Photo by Justin H.S. Breaux; click to view larger.
Argonne mentors students for the next generation of scientists

On May 6, the accomplishments of seventeen Chicago-area high school students that had been mentored by staff at Argonne National Laboratory were honored for their performance at this year’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition, held at the College of DuPage in March.

May 28, 2015
Argonne postdoctoral fellow Shalaka Desai explains her research to Chicago-area high school girls visiting Argonne as part of Science Careers in Search of Women, an annual one-day Science conference to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. (Click image to view larger).
Conference for young women aims to encourage pursuit of science careers

More than 350 of some of the Chicago region's brightest young women will converge on the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory on April 16 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

April 13, 2015
Set in Northern Illinois University’s 10,000-seat Convocation Center, STEMfest features dozens of museums, educators, national labs and corporations presenting hundreds of displays, activities and performances, all aimed at educating, entertaining and inspiring the thousands of students and adults in attendance. (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne joins in the fun at Northern Illinois University’s popular STEMfest

Northern Illinois University's fifth annual STEMfest was held on Oct. 18, and Argonne National Laboratory once again joined in the fun.

November 4, 2014
Middle school and high school teachers in an Argonne lab learn about the chemistry of combustion attempting to answer the question “are biofuels better than fossil fuels.” Teacher-led discussions explore the energy capacity of different fuels by comparing and contrasting liquid and solid fuels. Photo credit: Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Argonne/iBIO Center partnership sets sights on new teaching methods

Argonne and iBIO EDUCATE Center team up to give middle school and high school teachers an inquiry-based platform with which to teach their students the Next Generation Science Standards in a three-day workshop called “Farm to Flight: Can Biofuels Green Aviation?”

August 26, 2014
Argonne Hispanic Latino Club awards $6K in STEM scholarships

In June, Argonne National Laboratory’s Hispanic Latino Club (HLC) presented $6,000 in academic scholarships to students pursuing careers in s

June 13, 2014
As a middle-schooler, Mia Cochrane (at right, in orange) attended a 2007 Argonne workshop that pairs students with women engineers and scientists. Click image to enlarge.
Argonne helps introduce girls to engineering careers

As Mia Cochrane walks among the tall jack pines on the campus of Michigan Tech University, she represents a success story.

June 1, 2014
The temperature inside the combustion chamber of a diesel engine, as modeled by researchers at Argonne. Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline engines and engineers are looking at ways to make them an even better, more sustainable transportation option.
7 things you might not know about diesel

7 interesting facts about diesel engines, and why they're an option for the sustainably-minded.

June 1, 2014