Teachers Invited to Science Activities Night at Jefferson Lab

  • some of the activities presented at past Teacher Night events
  • some of the activities presented at past Teacher Night events
  • some of the activities presented at past Teacher Night events
  • some of the activities presented at past Teacher Night events

These images depict some of the activities presented at past Teacher Night events at Jefferson Lab.

Enrichment program helps bring new, tested activities to the classroom

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Elementary and middle school teachers interested in learning new and innovative methods for teaching the physical sciences are invited to the Jefferson Science Associates Region II Teacher Night at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The event will focus on physical science activities that teachers of fourth- through eighth-grade students can use in the classroom. The evening's format will imitate a science fair, but instead of students showing off their science projects, more than 50 teachers will share their favorite or most-effective classroom activities. The presenting teachers will provide handouts explaining each of their activities. Limited supplies for a few of the activities will be available as door prizes.

Activities will cover a range of topics including friction, electrolysis, the water cycle, engineering design challenges, exothermic demonstrations, energy conservation, electricity, polymers, scientific investigation, science games, sound, force and motion, the periodic table, diffraction, the solar system, static electricity, renewable energy, and compounds and mixtures.

Teacher Night will run from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News. To reserve a spot, register online by April 1 at: https://education.jlab.org/teachernight/ .

"The teachers presenting activities and demonstrations that evening will be former and current participants of Jefferson Lab’s Science Activities for Teachers (JSAT), a teacher enrichment program conducted at the lab," notes Science Education Administrator, Lisa Surles-Law. "They will be sharing many of the activities they have successfully used in their classrooms. These teachers have spent a considerable amount of time and energy learning new teaching methods, and they want to share the results of their efforts with the larger education community.”

“Teacher Night is a great opportunity for sharing and learning, and finding something new to take back to the classroom," Surles-Law adds.

Contact Science Education Administrator, Steve Gagnon, via email: Gagnon@jlab.org or call 757-269-6286 for more information or if you need assistance in registering.

The JSAT program and this Science Activities Teacher Night are supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund, a grant program funded annually by Jefferson Sciences Associates, LLC.

This link provides additional event information and access to the registration application: https://education.jlab.org/teachernight/ .


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.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit https://energy.gov/science.