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Teachers’ Summer: Princeton Plasma Camp

The Plasma Science and Fusion Energy Institute at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, New Jersey, is a one-week intensive workshop, July 11 – 15, 2011, designed to provide the opportunity for Physics teachers, grades 9-12, and Middle School teachers of advanced physical science, to study plasma physics and fusion energy through experimental research in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Application deadline: May 27, 2011.

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Government Data Put to Good Use

NOAA Satellite Collecting Weather DataA Northern California program underwritten by an $11.96 million National Science Foundation grant is going to make masses of public domain scientific data readily available to middle schools. Students will be able to track hurricanes, weather patterns, and even earthquakes as they happen.

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Resource: Portal to National Labs

Department of Energy LogoThe U.S. Department of Energy maintains a list of all National Laboratories and Technology Centers that it funds. DOE’s laboratories and technology centers house world-class facilities where cutting-edge research is performed. There are 21 labs and centers across the United States. Through this DOE portal, it’s easy to locate lab or center near you.

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Resource: Oak Ridge National Lab Educational Programs

Oak Ridge National LaboratoryMulti-program Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has a long history of linking with academia. Currently ORNL has educational programs in place for all scientific disciplines, and for all levels, from pre-college through postgraduate. ORNL offers educational and research experiences, scholarships, internships, summer day camps, symposiums, educational tours, financial aid to Tennessee schools, and speaking engagements.

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Resource: Pacific Northwest National Lab Educational Programs

Education at PNNLPacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state is a collaborator to the Department of Energy’s Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (DOE-WDTS) program and local efforts to improve science and engineering education. PNNL is committed to supporting science and engineering education at all levels. PNNL offers scholarships, internships, job shadowing opportunities, research apprenticeships, a program for young women, undergraduate and graduate fellowships, lesson plans, professional development programs for teachers, online resources, an equipment gift and loan program, and more.

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Feature: National Labs — Now with Free Delivery

RnE2EW VanMost National Laboratories offer some form of educational outreach, including workshops, lectures and tours, and make materials available to teachers nationwide via the Web. But, several labs have hit the road in order to bring free science and engineering education directly to nearby schools.

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Resource: Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Educational Programs

PPPL LogoPrinceton Plasma Physics Laboratory in New Jersey provides many different programs and materials for teachers and students at all levels. PPPL offers internships, fellowships, volunteer lecturers who visit classrooms, weekend programs, videos, experiments, awards for students, undergraduate and graduate programs, workshops/camps, conferences, tours, tournaments, publications, presentations, and their Science Education Laboratory, which is the center of education and research activities.

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Resource: Jefferson Lab’s Teacher Materials

2003 Open House at JeffersonTheThomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has a wide range of free teacher resources available. These resources include teacher programs, educational events, workshops, reference materials, hands-on activities, worksheets, online and paper games and puzzles, lesson plans and experiments, distance learning programs, and online interactive tools. The webpage offers an entire section devoted to cryogenics and very cold temperature experiments.

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Resource: Fermi National Accelerator Lab Educational Programs

FNAL AcceleratorIllinois’ Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, which specializes in high-powered energy and accelerating nanoparticles, provides a vast collection of educational programs, materials, and curriculum aids. FNAL offers videos, tours and field trip planning, online resources, lesson plans and activities, classroom presentations and volunteer visiting lecturers, workshops for both teachers and students, games, a science center, web-based classroom projects, open houses, weekend programs, an outdoor fair, magazines and publications, symposiums, summer research opportunities, internships, undergraduate and graduate-level accelerator physics courses, and more.

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