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ORNL Traveling Science Fair


ORNL  Traveling Science Fair exhibits bring easy-to-understand science to community and educational events.

The ORNL Traveling Science Fair is a new mobile exhibit that offers school kids the chance to experience hands-on experiments and interactive displays and to learn about ORNL's research capabilities. The trailers are designed to make cutting-edge science accessible to kids of all ages at large community and educational events.

"Become a Neutron" offers kids a chance to speed through a simulation of the Spallation Neutron Source, traveling down the beam line at nearly the speed of light, before hitting the liquid mercury target and producing the neutrons needed for material research. Want to know how to make something lighter, stronger, or harder? You can study each of these things and so much more using neutrons!

"Get into Green” students begin their journey surrounded by nature in the Rain Forest Room, using hands-on, experimental instruments to explore the “roots” of plant life, as well as learning about ongoing research spanning the Arctic Circle to the Amazon. Next, they move into the Solar Room where their personal heat properties are displayed on a large screen, while discovering the impact of solar energy as it transfers through our homes. Finally, students enter the Technology Room to experience the transformation of carbon threads to carbon fiber into a full-size, 3D-printed Shelby Cobra roadster that will revolutionize the way cars are built. Outside the trailer, students may bump into the “Terminator,” see wireless power transfer technology demonstrated, watch 3D printing in action, and evaluate the strength of a 3D printed chair.

Science Fair exhibits highlighting the work ORNL does in materials, supercomputing, nuclear sciences and global security are also in the works, so keep an eye out for them as well. We'll post information about the Traveling Science Fair schedule on this page when it's available.

Take a look at some of the photos from previous Science Fair events below.

 

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Holly Vander Stel, ESD, explains root images displayed on the monitor which are the results from inserting an endoscope into the hidden world of soil beneath the plants in the Rain Forest Room.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Brian Post, ETSD, enjoys a laugh with students while discussing carbon fiber and 3D printing research techniques ongoing at ORNL.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
ETSD members (L to R) Dolynn Loy, Matt Sallas, Teresa Nichols, and Andrew Reis are using a 3D printer creating samples to give visiting students. In the background, the "Terminator" photobombs their picture.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Students see their thermal patterns displayed by an infrared camera while touring the Solar Room.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
While visiting the Technology Room, a young guest follows the instructions and "touches the precursor," the raw material used to make carbon fiber.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Heather Buckberry, ETSD, explains to students visiting the Solar Room, the effects of the sun's rays that are collected by the solar panel providing electricity to power the lights in the demonstration house.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Heather Buckberry, ETSD, explains to students visiting the Solar Room, the effects of the sun's rays that are collected by the solar panel providing electricity to power the lights in the demonstration house.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Matt Sallas, ETSD, removes a sample of an ORNL leaf logo that he creates using a 3D printer—samples he provided to student stopping by the EESD Science Trailer.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Holly Vander Stel, ESD, shows a young man visiting the Rain Forest Room pictures of insects living beneath the soil surface that are part of her ongoing research project. Jennifer Trumbo, ESD, listens in the background.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
In the Solar Room, Jim Parks, ETSD, points to the infrared camera that is used to display the students' thermal patterns and he explains how this instrument is used in building research.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Andrew Reis, ETSD, explains 3D printing to an inquisitive student.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Stan Wullschleger, ESD, shares pictures of he and his colleagues' remote research areas while working in the Antarctic.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Matt Sallas, ETSD, explains the 3D printing process which is used every day at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.

Knox County Career Fair 2015
Students listen while Brian Post, ETSD, explains ORNL's challenges in using 3D printing techniques to print the Shelby Cobra (photo displayed in Technology Room) in a six-week time frame.

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Einstein impersonator is enjoying being a neutron in an accelerator at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Visitors to the ORNL Neutron Science trailer enjoy hands-on experiments. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
ORNL volunteers coach kids (and parents) in science activities at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
ORAU volunteers Craig Layman and Renee Manning introduce students to experiments at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Craig Layman and Marisa Moazen of ORAU help students learn about neutron scattering at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
A youngster is enthralled by the experience of being a neutron in an accelerator at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Craig Layman of ORAU, a volunteer at the ORNL Neutron Science trailer, shows students how neutrons penetrate materials to find hidden objects. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

Knox County Career Fair 2014 - Neutrons
Sabine McNulty and Reneé Manning of the Neutron Sciences Directorate shared science demos with students at the Knox County Schools 2014 Career Day. Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

 

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