Jefferson Lab invites families, groups, to Summer 2006 Physics Fests

Thursday, June 1
Wednesday, July 12
Wednesday, July 26

A Physics Fest is a two-hour presentation (10 a.m. - noon) that 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 the 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 Dave Abbott, email, or phone (757) 269-7633 for reservations.

Jefferson Lab is a physics research laboratory studying quarks and gluons, and is a member of the Department of Energy's 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. Visit JLab's virtual Visitor Center for directions.


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