General Lab Information

Kindergarten through 12th Grade

K through 12 programs

Brookhaven National Laboratory provides opportunities to drive excitement for K-12 students and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by exploring Brookhaven Lab’s research initiatives.

Academic year programs include:

Summer enrichment programs are available for upper elementary through advanced students, from the weeklong Summer Science Explorations program to the summer-long High School Research Program.

Educators can hone their own science research skills by becoming a user of the Lab’s scientific research facilities through the Student Partnerships for Advanced Research and Knowledge program (SPARK) or taking advantage of other professional development sessions offered annually.

Programs for Students

Contests

  • Bridge Building Competition

    High school students from Long Island submit their bridges to the ultimate pressure test, and compete to take part in a National Competition!

  • Elementary Science Fair

    The winner of each grade level from over 100 Suffolk County schools take part every year in BNL's Elementary School Science Fair. Some 470 projects, created by over 500 Suffolk County children ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade, compete.

  • High School Science Bowl ®

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® is a highly publicized national competition among teams of high school students who answer questions on scientific topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, earth, computer and general science. The winner of Brookhaven’s regional competition will be sent to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Competition.

  • MAGLEV Contest

    In this contest, you will learn about MAGLEV technology,  a system of train transportation that uses two sets of magnets, one set to repel and push the train up off the track, and another set to move the elevated train ahead, taking advantage of the lack of friction. Contestants will use math, science, and technology principles to optimize the design of a MAGLEV vehicle.

  • Middle School Science Bowl ®

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Middle School Science Bowl® is a highly publicized national competition involving math and science academic competition. Beginning in January 2019, more than 4,500 students are expected to compete in fifty regional tournaments throughout the nation. The winner of Brookhaven’s regional competition will be sent to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Competition.

Field Trips

  • Discovery Activities Field trip program for students in grades 1-5 at the Science Learning Center
  • Exploration Labs Hands-on laboratory-based experiences for students in grades 5-12

Workshops

  • G.R.E.En. Institute

    The mission of Gaining Research Experience in the Environment is to promote teaching, learning, and research in all aspects of the environment for students from kindergarten through graduate school. 

  • Open Space Stewardship Program (OSSP)

    Students in grades K through 12 participate in environmental research on community property owned by either a public or private agency.

  • Student Partnerships for Advanced Research and Knowledge (SPARK)

    In 2017, students and teachers from several Long Island school districts conducted protein crystallography research at the National Synchrotron Light Source II through the SPARK program. Using the same tools as Nobel Prize winners who performed their award-winning work at Brookhaven, the student-teacher teams analyzed x-ray patterns to learn about the structures and functions of proteins.

Summer Programs

  • High School Research Program (HSRP)

    The High School Research Program (HSRP) is an advanced high school program in which students are paired with a BNL scientist.

  • STEM-Prep Summer Institute (SPSI)

    A four week summer enrichment program for students currently enrolled in 9th grade and belong to an underrepresented minority group. The program is open to students from Nassau or Suffolk county NY schools. This program takes place at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

  • Summer Science Explorations

    Summer Science Explorations

Programs for Teachers

Professional Development

Workshops

  • Open Space Stewardship Program (OSSP)

    Students in grades K through 12 participate in environmental research on community property owned by either a public or private agency.

  • SCI-ED Day

    Spend the day at Brookhaven National Laboratory for a professional development opportunity where you can meet scientists, see facilities, and discover the latest and greatest scientific innovations. Learn how to engage students at every level by incorporating current research topics into your curriculum. Educators will choose one workshop for the day that suits their grade level and/or interest.

  • Student Partnerships for Advanced Research and Knowledge (SPARK)

    In 2017, students and teachers from several Long Island school districts conducted protein crystallography research at the National Synchrotron Light Source II through the SPARK program. Using the same tools as Nobel Prize winners who performed their award-winning work at Brookhaven, the student-teacher teams analyzed x-ray patterns to learn about the structures and functions of proteins.

Field Trips

  • Discovery Activities Field trip program for students in grades 1-4 at the Science Learning Center
  • Exploration Labs Hands-on laboratory-based experiences for students in grades 5-12