For the vast majority of teachers and students this year, school looks quite different. Instead of the heavy traffic in hallways, slamming lockers, and crowded desks bumping into each other, most schools are still navigating the foreign territory of education during a pandemic.
The once-normal practice of teachers and students physically visiting one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s premier 17 National Labs as part of its ongoing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM education has been disrupted. Our pre-COVID days were filled with public lectures, workshops, competitions, student research laboratories, museum visits, and lab employees volunteering in schools as tutors and presenters.
But that doesn’t mean there are not alternatives to keeping students of all ages immersed and curious about scientific discovery and potential job opportunities in STEM. The nation’s educators, parents, and Labs must stretch our creativity and innovation to