General Lab Information

Explore Brookhaven Lab

Open House Summer Sundays 2024. Free! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Innovation & the Environment

August 4, 2024

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Innovation & the Environment | August 4

Scheduled Activities

The Magic of Energy (SHOW)

Solar. Hydroelectric. Biomass. Geothermal. Wind Power. These renewable sources can provide energy we need. Can trash provide energy, too? Find out during this show, which is good for attendees of all ages.

Noon • 1:30 p.m. • 3 p.m. (1 hour)

Berkner Auditorium

Doors open 15 minutes before showtime. Arrive early. The auditorium may fill up quickly.

Aerosols, Clouds, and Climate (TALK)

How can we power our electronics efficiently and sustainably? Answers to this question—and many others—are waiting to be discovered at the ultra-small nanoscale. Learn how scientists are teaming up on theoretical and computational research for more advanced, efficient electronic devices and, ultimately, a brighter future. This talk is recommended for those ages 10 and older. Presented by Amie Dobracki and colleagues in Brookhaven's Environmental and Climate Science Department.

11:30 a.m. • 1:30 p.m. (30 minutes)

Hamilton Seminar Room, Chemistry (Bldg. 555)


Bus from Berkner Hall
Walk from Berkner Hall

All-Day Activities

Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Visit the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), where researchers probe tiny structures for big discoveries! See electron microscopes and a clean room, where teams work with advanced materials. Build a model molecule. Try “virtual nano reality.” And learn how researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and state-of-the-art tools for breakthroughs in clean energy, microelectronics, and quantum science.

This tour starts from Berkner Hall Room B. Bus transportation is provided to CFN. Arrive by 2:30 p.m. for the last bus to this facility.

Berkner Hall, Room B

National Weather Service (TOUR)

See how meteorologists at the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast weather, issue warnings for severe weather, and provide critical information to help protect people and property. Learn how you and your family can be weather and climate ready!

This tour starts from Berkner Hall Room B. Bus transportation is provided to NWS. Arrive by 1 p.m. for the last bus for this tour.

Berkner Hall, Room B

Environmental Protection at Brookhaven Lab

Learn about renewable energy, recycling, environmental sampling techniques, and Long Island's groundwater with Brookhaven Lab’s Environmental Protection Division. These activities are recommended for ages 5 and older.

Berkner Cafeteria

Environmental and Climate Sciences

What’s in the air we breathe every day? How do tiny particles make clouds? How can you measure something you can't see? Find out from atmospheric scientists who describe their work and show off tools of their trade.

Chemistry Building (Bldg. 555)

Center for Multiscale Applied Sensing

See how this mobile weather observatory measures conditions to help scientists better predict how communities might be affected by weather and the environment.

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'Magic of Energy' Show

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Center for Functional Nanomaterials

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Hands-on Science, Math, and Art

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June 30

Family Fun

at the Science Learning Center
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July 21

Dazzling Discoveries

at the National Synchrotron Light Source II
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Aug. 4

Innovation and the Environment

at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, National Weather Service
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Sept. 15

Fascinating Physics

at the Superconducting Magnet and Tandem Van de Graaff facilities
  • Free, no reservations needed
  • Gates open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • All activities, subject to change, are first-come, first-served