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Argonne offers a variety of field trips for middle school and high school students. Bring your students to Argonne and let them experience the excitement of science first-hand, with activities that will cement basic science and engineering concepts, and introduce them to new and exciting aspects of laboratory research!

During the field trip, students rotate through various hands-on science experiments and learning lab activities to learn what Argonne scientists do.

About Field Trips

  • Field trips are free. Groups must arrange their own transportation.
  • Group size: 40-60 students. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional planning time.
  • Field trips start at 9:45 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.
  • All participants MUST wear long pants and closed-toed shoes, regardless of the weather.
  • Anyone over 16 years of age must be a U.S. citizen and bring a photo I.D. in order to enter Argonne.

How to Schedule

All available field trips for the 2013-2014 school year are now full. Check back on August 1, 2014, to schedule field trips for the 2014-2015 school year.

To arrange a field trip, contact Argonne 30 days in advance of your desired field trip date.
E-mail education@anl.gov to begin planning your trip.

Field Trips for Grades 4-8

  • Energy Bike/Energy Efficient Lighting - Use “pedal power” on the Energy Bike to generate enough electricity to power a set of light bulbs or a hair dryer. See and feel the difference between the energy required to light incandescent light bulbs compared to fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
  • Forensics - Become a crime scene investigator. Analyze evidence to solve “The Case of the Missing Microscope.” Analyze fingerprints, shoe and tire prints, hair samples, powders and security logs to identify the culprit.
  • Microscopy - Hands-on lessons, uses, illumination techniques and history of the microscope. Examine specimen slides. If time allows, learn how to prepare microscope slides.
  • Physical Science Activities - Various demonstrations and activities to introduce physical science terms and concepts.
  • Science of Toys - Discover how toys are designed around science concepts and principles. Investigate how these laws and principles are part of students' everyday lives.
  • Spectrophotometers - Use advanced equipment to compare the relationship between light/color, how it is absorbed/transmitted and how color is determined.
  • Superconductivity - An exciting demonstration where students observe magnetic levitation using liquid nitrogen. Watch how materials behave under cold temperatures.

Field Trips for Grades 9-12

  • Superconductivity - An exciting demonstration where students observe magnetic levitation using liquid nitrogen. Watch how materials behave under cold temperatures.

For more information or to schedule a field trip

E-mail: education@anl.gov

Last update: February 25, 2014


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