INL News Release
Oct. 5, 2018

Leslie Wright, 208-526-2926,
Sarah Neumann, 208-526-0490,

INL’s Family Nuclear Science Night invites students to explore STEM

For the third year in a row, Idaho National Laboratory is inviting local students and their families to attend Family Nuclear Science Night, a STEM event that introduces visitors to nuclear science, engineering and more. The event will be held at INL’s Energy Innovation Laboratory on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event is open to the first 350 people to register. Families from around southeastern Idaho are welcome to come meet real scientists and engineers, engage in hands-on activities and demonstrations, and learn more about the science happening in their own backyard. Interested parents should register their families at

Each visitor will be given a coloring book, a passport book of short biographies to collect the signatures of famous nuclear innovators, and other freebies they can gather throughout the evening.

Activities and events will include a nuclear “magic show,” building edible atoms, viewing a cloud chamber, learning about RadCon, suiting up in personal protective equipment, making chromatography butterflies, playing nuclear energy bingo and visiting more than 15 other booths.

Family Nuclear Science Night is held in celebration of Nuclear Science Week, which is the third week of October every year. INL’s partners for this event include the Idaho American Nuclear Society, North American Young Generation in Nuclear, Idaho Women in Nuclear, Mothers for Nuclear and other local groups.

What: Family Nuclear Science Night

Where: Energy Innovation Laboratory, 775 University Blvd., Idaho Falls

When: Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

How: Register online at, Sept. 30 to Oct. 15. Open to the first 350 registrants.

INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: 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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