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Fermilab’s Family Open House

Over 2,000 people filled the floors of Fermilab’s most popular event, the annual Family Open House.

“It’s a celebration for physics, for kids, and families to bring them and show them the physics that we do, the high energy physics, our accelerated physics, our cosmic physics,” said Spencer Pasero, Manager of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab.

Some of the bigger events of the day were Mr. Freeze’s demonstration and the “Ask a Scientist” about physics.

Professionals weren’t the only ones on board, local students from District 203 were part of the 13 schools that also shared their joy of physics in hopes to inspire others to join the field.

“When a little boy or a girl for that matter, when they see ‘oh science is super cool, it’s super interesting,’ it’s really fun for me to see that, oh kids are really getting involved and some really enjoy it,” said Lucy Wang, student at Naperville Central High School.

“Activities like these which are really nice and simple can really introduce kids to see wow these aren’t really as hard as I thought they would be and they’re just fun in general,” said Meghan Swain, student at Naperville Central High School.

And after checking out some of the projects, some younger students even became inspired to take up science in the future.

“I’m hoping I might be able to get a science experimenting type job,” said visitor, Will Black.

“Definitely. I think I could do something medical or yeah I see myself having a scientific career,” said visitor, Davis Brumbach.


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