USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Providing Students and Teachers With a Wealth of Resources in the Physical Sciences

Students, does this sound familiar?

You need information about the environment, physics, chemistry, or the earth and don’t know where to go. And your teacher says that the information you reference must be authoritative. Plus, you need the information fast.

No problem!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – a Dream Festival Partner – is an excellent resource. DOE will sponsor 11 highly informative, interactive exhibits in the Festival’s Expo this October at the National Mall in Washington, DC, in addition to equally exciting exhibits by DOE National Laboratories.

Immerse yourself in DOE’s hands-on presentations! Explore how physicists are harnessing energy from the sun to make clean and renewable energy. Learn how DOE’s Fermilab accelerates particles to probe the most basic components of matter, and use an “accelerator” yourself to identify shapes in hidden targets. Come see a car that can run on water and sunlight … and much more.

Students and teachers are also highly encouraged to stop by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science exhibit to see and use, a new search tool from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) and the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS). lets you quickly browse thousands of FREE and reliable government science education resources from a single place. And for teachers, the site features lesson plans, activities and other resources you may use in the classroom. Resources are getting added regularly, so visit now and visit often.

Visitors may be interested to know that the Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees – and is the principal federal funding agency of – the Nation’s research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences.

With such DOE expertise, be prepared to investigate the intriguing world of physical science!

In addition to DOE, its National Laboratories represented at the Expo on October 23-24 are: Ames Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Jefferson Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories CA, Sandia National Laboratories NM, and ORNL/Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

We thank the DOE and its National Labs and our other valued Sponsors as they join us in our goal of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers!