Jefferson Lab invites families, groups to Summer Physics Fests

  • Wednesday, June 9
  • Wednesday, June 30
  • Wednesday, July 28
  • Wednesday, August 11
  • Wednesday, August 25

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 JLab to conduct experiments.

Parents, teachers and youth planning to attend a Physics Fest may wish to download a Physics Fest Classroom Activity Pack. 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 in pdf format and is about 2.1 MB in size, and can be downloaded with AdobeReader 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. Call or e-mail Stacy Ring at (757) 269-7560 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.


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

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