Let's Talk About STEM

Berkeley Lab staff are volunteering to share their experiences and work in STEM with students and classrooms. Through this program we invite students and teachers to meet researchers, ask questions, and get an inside look at STEM professions. Recommended for students in grades 6-12.

Click on each section's header to be redirected to our booking site. Click here for an overview on Berkeley Lab's scientific areas and research facilities.

Our researchers have expertise in a number of STEM subjects and are excited to connect their research to specific scientific concepts covered in the classroom. Learning about the periodic table? Hear from our nuclear chemists and particle physicists. Studying biology? Talk to our researchers at the Joint Genome Institute. Allow us to help you connect concepts in the classroom with real-world research.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM PST

What does a scientist or engineer do all day? Do you have to love science your entire life to become a scientist as an adult? What if you want to work in a STEM space but not be a researcher? If you could go back, what classes would you say made the difference? Learn about how our staff arrived at their professions and get insight on their current work. Hear from researchers, science communicators, project managers, and administrators who demonstrate the wide variety of career paths in STEM.

Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 PM PST

Go on a virtual tour with a friendly researcher or an enthusiastic science communicator. Virtual tours focus on the multi-million dollar facilities that Berkeley Lab staff support, maintain, and make amazing new discoveries. Speak with scientists and engineers as they show off the facilities that shape fundamental research like the Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source, and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and Joint Genome Institute.

Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM PST

Virtual Workshops (Spring 2021)

During our virtual workshops, students will be introduced to new concepts, develop specific skills, and practice tackling challenges with those skills. Topics will range from engineering to bioscience and more. Some workshop plans will include shipped materials for hands on activities that will support the on-line format.