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Fermilab to present high school career expo

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 3:16 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Local high school students can gain more knowledge about a variety of careers at Fermilab’s seventh annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Expo, which will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“We hope that this will give students a chance to better think of themselves in one of these future careers and also have their vision expanded,” said Susan Dahl of the Fermilab Education Office, one of the organizers of the event. “They might better imagine themselves as an acoustic engineer, if that’s what they desire.”

The expo, which will be in the atrium of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall, is free and open to all high school students.

Fermilab’s public entrance is at the intersection of Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia.

The event is being planned collaboratively by the Fermilab Education Office and guidance and career counselors from high schools in Kane and DuPage Counties, Dahl said.

“This started because some guidance counselors in Kane County asked us if we would host the event,” she said. “I think they thought we were a good example of how STEM functions.”

Last year, about 800 students attended the expo, and Dahl said she expected a similar number this year.

Almost 140 professionals will be at this year’s expo, including Fermilab scientists and engineers, along with professionals from several local companies and research organizations.

Information about the expo is available by going to www.fnal.gov.

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