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Need an Intern for Summer? Contact CSEE for Mentorship Opportunities

The Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) is seeking mentors for CCI and SULI programs that begin in June. Applications are currently available online for review. For more information about CSEE’s internship programs and instructions on how to review applicants, go here. Project descriptions and applicant selections are due March 15. For more information on CCI and SULI programs, contact Colette Flood (x2648).

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‘Eggs, Eggs, Everywhere’ BLISS Workshop on Feb. 25

Employees interested in education outreach for preschool and kindergarten children are invited to attend “Eggs, Eggs, Everywhere” on Monday, Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Learn how to guide young children as they explore eggs through role-playing, sorting, organizing, graphing, and investigating shape and movement. Students develop an understanding of egg laying and hatching, and animal’s role in the life cycle. The workshop is hosted by the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

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Lab Hosts Family Science Night in Richmond

More than 240 children and parents from Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond enjoyed an evening of science provided by 20 Berkeley Lab and school volunteers on Jan. 24. The multipurpose room at the school was transformed into a Bubble Festival where participants explored making bubbles with straws, strings, and even their own bodies. Funded by Public Affairs and provided through the Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) Berkeley Lab In School Settings (BLISS) program, Washington’s Family Science Night is one of several planned for schools that will be nearest neighbors to the proposed Richmond Bay Campus.

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Learn How to Teach Kids About ‘Liquid Explorations’ at Feb. 11 Workshop

Employees interested in sharing engaging science activities with local students are invited to participate in an upcoming workshop, ‘Liquid Explorations.’ In this workshop Lab employees will learn how to guide third graders as they explore and investigate the properties of liquids while developing valuable science process skills. The workshop is part of the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. It takes place on Monday, February 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

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Jan. 7 Training for Science Education Outreach to Fifth Graders

Employees interested in sharing engaging science activities with local fifth grade students visiting the Lab are invited to an upcoming training workshop for the Berkeley Lab Adventure Zone in Elementary Science (BLAZES) program. Employees will learn how to guide students as they investigate properties of matter through hands-on science activities. BLAZES is an onsite program for which volunteers are needed from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays-Fridays from Jan. 8 to May 9. The workshop is on Monday, Jan. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

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CSEE’s Laleh Esmaili Employs Her Craft Skills to Construct Paper ALS Model

Last week we invited employees to make their own paper Advanced Light Source model, using instructions and a pattern created by the ALS Communications Group. Laleh Esmaili took up the challenge. “I went home, made a fire, and sat in front of the fireplace and put it together,” she says. “It took me about 40 minutes.” Esmaili says she is a “crafty” person who makes her own holiday decorations and greeting cards. She first came to the Lab as an intern through the Center for Science and Engineering Education, and has returned as an employee who now runs those same internship programs. “I’ve come full circle.” Go here for more on the ALS model. Click on image for larger version.

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Poster Session Highlights Work by Undergraduate Interns

The work of 14 undergraduate students who have spent this fall participating in the SULI and BLUR internship programs will be on display during a poster session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday Dec 13 in the cafeteria. The internships provide the opportunity to work with world-class scientists and engineers on projects related to the Lab’s cutting-edge research programs. The event provides the rare opportunity to bring together examples of the breadth of research conducted at the Lab through the experience of the students taking part in the programs. The poster session is hosted by the Lab’s Center for Science & Engineering Education.

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‘Dry Ice Investigations’ BLISS Workshop Monday, Dec. 3

Employees interested in sharing engaging science activities with local students are invited to participate in an upcoming workshop, ‘Dry Ice Investigations.’ In this workshop staff will learn how to guide 8th graders as they plan and conduct their own investigations into dry ice, while gaining age-appropriate knowledge of the particulate theory of matter, phase change, chemistry, and the history of science. The workshop is part of the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. It takes place on Monday, Dec. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

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‘Treasure Boxes’ BLISS Workshop on Monday, Nov. 5

Employees interested in sharing engaging science actvities with local students are invited to participate in an upcoming workshop, ‘Treasure Boxes.’ In this workshop Lab employees will learn how to guide 2nd graders as they explore collections of objects and experience challenges that require careful observation, sorting and classification, logical thinking, graphing and analyzing data. The workshop is part of the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. It takes place on Monday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

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Applications for Summer Undergraduate Internships Now Open

These programs encourage undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Applications close Jan 10. Go here to apply. For more information on the internship programs at Berkeley Lab, go here.

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