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ORNL Traveling Science Fair


ORNL  Traveling Science Fair exhibits bring easy-to-understand science to community and educational events.

The ORNL Traveling Science Fair is a new mobile exhibit that offers school kids the chance to experience hands-on experiments and interactive displays and to learn about ORNL's research capabilities. The trailers are designed to make cutting-edge science accessible to kids of all ages at large community and educational events.

"Become a Neutron" offers kids a chance to speed through a simulation of the Spallation Neutron Source, traveling down the beam line at nearly the speed of light, before hitting the liquid mercury target and producing the neutrons needed for material research. Want to know how to make something lighter, stronger, or harder? You can study each of these things and so much more using neutrons!

"Get into Green" explores the fascinating field of clean energy and environmental sciences. Activities within this trailer include 3D printer demonstrations that show how "printing" complex parts is revolutionizing manufacturing and a display that illustrates important aspects of study at the Climate Chance Science Institute. Students will also gain first-hand experience with frozen soils from the Arctic Circle with "Arctic in a Mason Jar," a display that helps students understand the Arctic environment, how field scientists obtain permafrost cores, how laboratory researchers measure greenhouse gases, and much more!

Science Fair exhibits highlighting the work ORNL does in materials, supercomputing, nuclear sciences and global security are also in the works, so keep an eye out for them as well. We'll post information about the Traveling Science Fair schedule on this page when it's available.

Take a look at some of the photos from previous Science Fair events below.

 

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Einstein impersonator is enjoying being a neutron in an accelerator at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Visitors to the ORNL Neutron Science trailer enjoy hands-on experiments. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
ORNL volunteers coach kids (and parents) in science activities at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
ORAU volunteers Craig Layman and Renee Manning introduce students to experiments at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Craig Layman and Marisa Moazen of ORAU help students learn about neutron scattering at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
A youngster is enthralled by the experience of being a neutron in an accelerator at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Craig Layman of ORAU, a volunteer at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer, shows students how neutrons penetrate materials to find hidden objects. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Patrick Jung explains his role in Additive Manufacturing as a high school intern at the ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility while actively demonstrating the 3D printers used by the 1st Robotics Teams with the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Neutrons
Sabine McNulty and Reneé Manning of the Neutron Sciences Directorate shared science demos with students at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
The Energy and Environmental Science Directorate "Get into Green" trailer was on display at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Energy and Environmental Science Directorate staff members interacted with students at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day and demonstrated 3D printing technology. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Patrick Jung, high school intern at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, explains the variety of complex parts that can be formed in Additive Manufacturing using 3D printers with the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Students examine the complexity of spheres nested within a sphere that were printed on the Additive Manufacturing metal 3D printer at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility while visiting the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Patrick Jung, high school intern at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, demonstrates part removal from the 3D printer with the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Patrick Jung, high school intern at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, explains the features of a part just removed from the 3D printer in the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Students like to touch every part displayed but are most intrigued by the one they just watched being formed. Patrick Jung, high school intern at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, hands off the part during the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer display at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Kathy Huczko, ORNL's Climate Change Science Institute, discusses careers in climate modeling while providing a graphical display of precipitation in the U.S. every day during 1998 with the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Kathy Huczko, ORNL's Climate Change Science Institute, discusses climate modeling while providing a graphical display of precipitation in the U.S. every day during 1998 with the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
Kathy Huczko, ORNL's Climate Change Science Institute, discusses careers in climate modeling while providing a graphical display of precipitation in the U.S. every day during 1998 with the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
3D printer creating a part for students in the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

Knox County Career Fair - Go Green
3D printer creating a part for students in the EESD "Get into Green" science trailer at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day.

 

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