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Ask-a-Scientist Guide Tour of Fermilab

  • March 01, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Fermilab, Batavia
Take science questions straight to experts. Physicists answer questions and explain everything from the Big Bang to how a particle accelerator works. Ask a Scientist is held from 1 PM to 4 PM on the first Sunday of the month (except holiday weekends when we delay by one week and in the month of the Family Open House).

Each three-hour session includes a presentation by a scientist, a tour, and a Q & A period. The docent-led tour includes visiting the 1st and 15th floor of Wilson Hall, the Linac building with the first two accelerators, the neutron therapy area and the Main Control Room. There is no charge for the session, but advance registration is required. The minimum age for the tour is 10 years old. No exceptions.

Suggested audience: adults and students with a keen interest in science! The presentation and tone is set for high school seniors – college freshman. Students 10 to 14 years old can attend, but must be accompanied by an adult.

General directions to Fermilab

You can look at Previous Ask-a-Scientist talks.

Occasionally we have Ask-a-Scientist in Spanish. These are not listed below. Look at the Special Events Calendar for them. 


No fee, but registration is required. Registration deadline is the Friday

before the event. Click here for complete details and registration.

Session 1:

March 1, 2020, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Engineering at Fermilab with

Mayling Wong-Squires

Location:1st floor, Wilson Hall

Session 2:

April 5, 2020, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Looking Back in Time: Cosmology at the

Beginning of the World - Adam Anderson

Location:Wilson Hall Atrium
Registration Deadline:04/05/2020

Session 3:

May 3, 2020, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Playing Quantum (Quantum

Computing Games) - Adam Lyon

Location:1st floor, Wilson Hall

Session 4:

June 7, 2020, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: "The Sky's the Limit: Radiation Hazards

of Space Travel" - Jim Welsh, Loyola Medical Center and Hines VA Hospital 

Location:1st floor, Wilson Hall

Session 5:

July 12, 2020, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Historical Hindsight: When Physics

Gets It Wrong - Justin Vasel, Indiana University

Location:1st floor, Wilson Hall

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