Jefferson Lab invites families, groups to Summer 2005 Physics Fests

Science Education staff member Steve Gagnon

Steve Gagnon, Science Education, doing the popular "Deep Freeze (cryogenics)" presentation at the 2003 Open House.
Photo credit: Greg Adams.

Wednesday, June 8

Wednesday, June 29
Tuesday, July 12
Wednesday, July 27
Wednesday, August 10

This two-hour presentation (10 a.m. - noon) includes an interactive summary of the research conducted at the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab followed by the popular "Deep Freeze (cryogenics) and Hot Stuff (plasmas)" presentations, which demonstrate some of the technology used at Jefferson Lab to conduct experiments.

Parents, teachers and youth planning to attend a Physics Fest may wish to download a Physics Fest Classroom Activity Pack from JLab's Science Education website ( This file contains general information about Jefferson Lab, the anatomy of atoms, a vocabulary list with related games and puzzles, and data sheets and activities that can be used before, during and after attending a Physics Fest. The Activity Pack is about 2.1 MB in size, and can be downloaded with Adobe Reader software. The materials are written at the 6th-grade reading level.

Individual students and groups must be accompanied for the duration of the event by parents or authorized adult escorts. These free events take place in the CEBAF Center auditorium located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Contact LaChelle Dozier, email, or phone (757) 269-7567 for reservations.

Jefferson Lab is a physics research laboratory studying quarks and gluons, and it is a member of the Department of Energy national laboratory system. For security purposes everyone over 16 is asked to carry a photo I.D. Security guards may inspect vehicles, bookbags, parcels, etc.

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility’s (Jefferson Lab’s) basic mission is to provide forefront scientific facilities, opportunities and leadership essential for discovering the fundamental structure of nuclear matter; to partner in industry to apply its advanced technology; and to serve the nation and its communities through education and public outreach. Jefferson Lab, located at 12000 Jefferson Avenue, is a Department of Energy Office of Science research facility managed by the Southeastern Universities Research Association.