Jefferson Lab Invites Teachers to STEM Night

  • Region II Virtual Teacher Night, April 20, 2022 at 6 p.m. and R.S.V.P. by April 19

Elementary and middle school science teachers are invited to register for Jefferson Lab’s 2022 Virginia Region II Virtual Teacher Night

The Science Education team at the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is preparing for their biggest night of the year, and elementary and middle school physical science teachers are invited! On April 20, 2022, the team will host its ever-popular Virginia Region II Teacher Night. The fully virtual event will allow educators to see new methods for teaching physical science concepts, win door prizes for their classrooms, and earn one recertification point.

Advance registration is requested. The event is open to all upper elementary and middle school teachers of physical science, both in the region and beyond.

“We are excited to unveil the latest physical science classroom-tested and teacher-approved demonstrations, activities and lessons for teaching physical science concepts,” said Lisa Surles-Law, Jefferson Lab Science Education team leader.

The demonstrations will be provided by teachers participating in the JLab Science Activities for Teachers program, the lab’s after-school science enrichment program for teachers. The Science Education team and 2021-2022 JSAT participants will present a one-hour-long program of activities.

“Our JSAT 5th, 6th and 8th grade teachers have created many new and exciting activities for teaching physical science concepts, and now they’re ready to share them with their colleagues,” said Carol McKisson, a Jefferson Lab Science Education group staff member and the lead organizer of the event.

Topics to be addressed may include:

  • atomic theory.
  • engineering design challenges.
  • exothermic demos.
  • water cycle.
  • friction.
  • energy conservation.
  • electricity.
  • matter.
  • scientific investigation.
  • science games.
  • sound.
  • force & motion.
  • periodic table.
  • light.
  • solar system.
  • static electricity.
  • renewable energy.
  • compounds & mixtures.

After the event, registrants will also be able to take what they’ve learned back to the classroom with access to more than 50 teacher-approved classroom activities. These activities are available on the Science Education website and come complete with accompanying handouts.

Surles-Law said that the event also previews what the JSAT program has to offer.

“Teacher Night is a great opportunity for teachers who are considering the program to identify and connect with our current participants to learn more,” she said.

While the event is free, space is limited and advance registration is requested. The advance registration deadline is April 19. The link to the event stream will be provided to registered participants. More details and registration are available at

This event is supported by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, which manages and operates Jefferson Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Further Reading:
Virginia Department of Education Regions
JLab Science Activities for Teachers program

Contact: Kandice Carter, Jefferson Lab Communications Office,


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