Mailed 5/13/97


EVENT: High School Science Day Open House

To celebrate the outstanding science produced over its 50-year history, and to promote an interest in science and technology among today's youth, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has scheduled tours of some of its major scientific facilities for local high school students. Almost 1,000 students from 16 Suffolk County school districts will participate in the event.

WHEN: Friday, May 30.

Two-hour tours of various facilities around the Laboratory's 5,300-acre site will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Reporters are invited to participate in any of these tours. Photographers and videographers are also welcome, but the tours are run on a strict schedule and cannot be delayed for taking posed photos.

WHERE: Buses will depart from Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Each of the students will participate in one of three tours of different facilities. BNL tour guides and staff from various facilities and projects in physics, chemistry, biology, and medical and environmental technologies will narrate the tours. Among the sites included in the tours will be the Laboratory's particle accelerator, the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron; the National Synchrotron Light Source, the world's largest facility for scientific research using x-rays, ultraviolet radiation and infrared radiation; the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the Laboratory's newest and largest accelerator now under construction; and the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, one of the world's three high-resolution microscopes that are capable of easily imaging single heavy atoms.

The media are requested to call the Public Affairs Office in advance if you are interested in participating in the tours, so that we can make sure space will be available for you on the bus. Due to space limitations, the event is not open to the general public.