Science

Holiday Science Lecture

Join Professor Howard Stone and guest Princeton University professors as they lead families on an exploration of science topics. Through live experiments and interactive demonstrations children investigate the world of science.

Princeton Center for Complex Materials
December
Ages 7 and up
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Laboratory Learning Program

In support of Princeton University’s education and research mission, the University hosts exceptional high school students each summer to conduct research under the mentorship of Princeton faculty, staff, and students.

A select number of highly-motivated students from a large pool of outstanding applicants will be offered an opportunity to join a state-of-the-art research project. Faculty and research staff volunteer as mentors to provide high school students with this first-hand education in independent research in the fields of engineering and natural sciences. The number of opportunities varies each year and is typically in the range of 20 - 40 students total.

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Material Science NanoDay

Materials science is the study of almost everything around you, what they're made of, how they work, and what you can do with them. Nanoscience is the study of atoms, molecules, and objects whose size is on the nanometer scale (1-100 nm).

Join Princeton University's scientists and engineers to learn more about the exciting new research currently going on in materials science. Visit the many table top activities and demonstrations, engage the scientists and engineers, ask plenty of questions, and have fun with your entire family.

Princeton Center for Complex Materials
Spring
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Atrium
12:00pm – 3:00pm
All ages
Open to the public, free of charge
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New Jersey Science Bowl

Each year the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab hosts the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl which decides which teams from the local area can continue onto the national competition in Washington, D.C.! The Science Bowl is a double elimination contest with question and answer rounds in the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, mathematics and general and earth sciences. 

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
Middle and High School grades school-based teams
Registration required
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Peyton Observatory

The department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University holds monthly informal open houses for the purpose of observing the night sky. Weather permitting, we can usually look at planets, nebulae, open clusters, globular clusters, and galaxies through a 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Students and postdoctoral fellows in the department are also quite happy to answer any astronomy-related questions you might have.

Peyton Observatory
Monthly, weather permitting
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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory High School Internship Program

Opportunities exist for motivated high school students in the central New Jersey area to perform independent laboratory work in plasma physics. A limited number of unpaid internships may be available throughout the school year.

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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Public Tours

Science fans will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the cutting edge research taking place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory when the Laboratory, which already offers tours to groups, opens up its doors to smaller groups or individuals with twice-monthly public tours.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
First and third Fridays of every month through December
10:00am
Ages 12 and up
Contact tours@pppl.gov to pre-register, space is limited
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Science on Saturdays

Science fans of all ages can explore a rich variety of science and technology topics at the popular Science on Saturday lecture series hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Saturdays, January – March 
9:00am
Ages 14 up
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Stars Of Material Science Lecture

Materials are the basic substance that make up almost everything! Materials can be natural (like wood) or human-made (like plastic). Material scientists create and combine materials in new ways that make new technologies possible. Join a Princeton professor for a talk on the fascinating history and science behind material science.

Princeton Center for Complex Materials 
Spring 
Ages 9 and Up
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Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

The conference introduces middle-school and high-school aged girls (in 7th through 10th grades) to women scientists and engineers and the wide breadth of careers available to them in these fields.

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
Spring
9:00am – 2:00pm
Girls in grades 7 – 10
Registration required
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