Let's Talk About STEM

Program Overview: 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. Each one hour session will cover a deep-dive into a specific subject, STEM career talks, or a research facility virtual tour. This program is open to both school groups as well as out-of-school organizations! Recommended for students in grades 6-12.

Booking Instructions: Click here to be redirected to our booking site (also linked in each header). If the listed times don't work for your group, we can schedule a new time that works for you and our volunteers. Click here for a summary of Berkeley Lab's scientific areas and research facilities.


Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 PM or Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM PST*

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. Main subjects can include: Physics (quantum, particle, high energy), Biology (microbiology, genomics, synthetic), Math (computational methods, mathematical applications), Computer Science (computational thinking, super computing, data systems, AI, machine learning, data science), and Chemistry (elemental discovery, nuclear science, radioactivity).


Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 PM or 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, communicators, project managers, and administrators who demonstrate the wide variety of career paths in STEM. Careers can include: entrepreneurs, mathematicians, mechanical and environmental engineers, fabricators, biologists, geologists, journalists, graphic artists, social media managers, etc.


Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 PM or Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM 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, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and Joint Genome Institute.

*Please indicate on your booking if these times do not work for your group schedule or if you need speakers for several class periods or days. We will make adjustments as necessary.

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.