INL News Release
Dec. 14, 2014

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

High school students to explore career opportunities at Idaho National Laboratory

IDAHO FALLS – High school juniors, school counselors and teachers from throughout the region will use chemistry techniques to solve the mystery behind a mock explosion, engineer a snowball catapult, and build a device that demonstrates radiation detection during the Idaho National Laboratory’s High School Career Day on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Career Day is designed to pique students’ interest in possible future careers at INL; many tied to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They will also interact with INL scientists and engineers.

“We want to inspire the students to pursue a career in the STEM areas,” said Anne Seifert, INL’s K-12 STEM manager. “What better place to do that than at INL, where world-renowned scientists and engineers are conducting important research? This event allows students to see first-hand how science, math and engineering principles apply in the real world.”

Students will participate in a full day of hands-on sessions and laboratory tours. Career day will engage students in real-world STEM activities relevant to the mission of INL and related to the curriculum they are learning in school.

“The goal is to inspire students to think seriously about pursuing a STEM-related education and career. We also want to bring awareness to teachers and counselors of the exciting opportunities available in their own backyard. In the end this also helps grow our talent pipeline for a sustainable future workforce,” said Amy Lientz, INL’s director of Partnerships, Engagement and Technology Deployment.

This year’s event will be held at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, as well as several INL facilities.

INL is one of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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