INL News Release
Oct. 18, 2016

Lori McNamara, 208-520-6066,
Laura Scheele, 219-381-8672,

Families invited to first Family Nuclear Science Night Nov. 3

In an effort to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians, Idaho National Laboratory is sponsoring its first Family Nuclear Science Night Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). Families are invited to come and meet real nuclear scientists and engineers, and engage in hands-on activities and demonstrations focused on nuclear science.

The event is open to the first 250 people to register online (see below). Activities are geared toward elementary to middle school-aged children, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Co-sponsored by CAES and the University of Idaho American Nuclear Society Student Chapter, the event includes an opportunity to tour the CAVE, a walk-in 3-D modeling & visualization studio that enables users wearing stereo glasses to virtually explore the core of a nuclear reactor.

Each child will be given passport book for collecting stamps as they visit all the demonstrations and exhibits. They can also play Nuclear Energy Bingo, get their faces painted and gather freebies throughout the evening.

Family Nuclear Science Night is presented in conjunction with Nuclear Science Week, which takes place each year the third week of October.

What: Family Nuclear Science Night
Where: Center for Advanced Energy Studies, 995 University Blvd., Idaho Falls
When: Thursday, Nov. 3, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
How: Register online at, Oct. 14-31

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