Homer 33C Hadley Middle School students visit Argonne National Laboratory

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Nov. 10, 2017


Inspiring future scientists

Hadley Middle School students visit Argonne National Laboratory


On Wednesday, Nov. 8, a group of Hadley Middle School students visited Argonne National Laboratory where they were challenged to use their coding skills to program Lego robots.


“The students love learning about science,” said Hadley teacher Joe Cernak. “At Argonne, they use their reasoning, collaboration and communication skills to accomplish a goal — getting a Lego robot to work its way through various layouts and mazes.”


Forty-six students in the school’s Discovery program participated in the field trip, visiting the science and engineering research national laboratory in Lemont.

“It was a great experience,” said one student, who especially enjoyed the coding challenge and seeing the world-class facility.


“I rated it a 3 (out of 3),” said another, “because I love things that challenge me and I love Lego Robotics.”


“They always have fun, hands-on activities for the students,” said Hadley teacher Katie Farthing who organized the trip.

“We hope that the students were able to see what a science career might look like,” she added. “Walking through a couple of buildings and eating lunch in the main cafeteria exposed the students to a normal day at a world-class science institution. Hopefully, this field trip can inspire some students to choose a career in which they would solve some of our biggest global problems.”


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