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February 28, 2014
 Last week, 79 Chicago-area high school students visited the Energy Department's Argonne National Lab for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," an educational outreach program designed to give 8th-grade girls an opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 
While at the Lab, the girls participated in tours to explore different aspects of the Lab's work -- from learning about the organisms that live in soil to floating small objects in mid-air with an acoustic levitator. In the afternoon, the girls were given a car chassis with a motor and challenged to figure out the types of wheels and pulleys needed to build a battery operated transmission. At an engineering expo, the girls were able to learn about the inner workings of various scientific concepts -- from tornadoes to magnets and beyond. Throughout the day, the girls heard from scientists in a number of fields, including keynote speaker Joanne Manaster, a faculty lecturer in the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

In the photo above, two students work with an Argonne National Lab scientist to complete the "Automotive Tycoon" challenge. | Photo courtesy of Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Getting a Head Start for Women in STEM

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February 26, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz highlighted the importance of clean energy technologies to the global transition to a low-carbon future. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Day 3 at the 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit

As the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit came to a close, energy leaders focus on bringing ideas from the lab to the market.

February 26, 2014
All-of-the-Above is Making a Difference Across America

President Obama’s plan to develop all sources of American energy is helping the U.S. fight climate change, increase energy security and create opportunities for middle class families.

February 25, 2014
Day 2 at the 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit

A spirit of entrepreneurship was in the air on day two of the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.

February 24, 2014
Day 1 at 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit

Knowledge and networking were key themes during the first day of ARPA-E's Energy Innovation Summit. Learn more.

February 24, 2014
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

From chemical science to climate change, the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Lab is leading the way in science that's changing the way Americans live and work.

February 24, 2014
President Barack Obama talks with Evan Jackson, 10, Alec Jackson, 8, and Caleb Robinson, 8, from McDonough, Ga., while looking at exhibits at the White House Science Fair in the State Dining Room, April 22, 2013. The sports-loving grade-schoolers created a new product concept to keep athletes cool and helps players maintain safe body temperatures on the field. | Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.
We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month

Join the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy for a Google+ Hangout celebrating Black History Month.

February 21, 2014
On June 6, 2013, researchers at Jefferson Lab completed the construction of the Forward Calorimeter in Hall D. The calorimeter was built to measure the energy of particles as they are created inside the target area and strike against lead glass blocks that make up the calorimeter. Upon striking the calorimeter, the particles will create a shower of light, which will then be digitized and used to measure energy of particles.
 
In this photo, John Leckey, a postdoctoral researcher from Indiana University, is assembling the Forward Calorimeter in Jefferson Lab's newest experimental area, Hall D. Leckey helped assemble the calorimeter along with Manuel Lara and Daniel Bennett, postgraduate students from Indiana University. The calorimeter contains 2,800 lead glass blocks.
 
| Photo courtesy of Jefferson National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: The Forward Calorimeter

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February 20, 2014
The photo above shows one of the beam lines at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, a national user facility available for use by scientists and researchers from the federal government, academia and the private sector. | Photo courtesy of Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab.
Amazing Materials and the Emerging Field of Spintronics

Berkeley Lab and SLAC have discovered a 3D counterpart to graphene with potentially wide-ranging applications.

February 20, 2014
At the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase, the U.S. Marine Corps table featured a special vest with built-in solar cells, while the U.S. Army table highlighted a vest with a built-in fuel cell battery -- two ways to help efficiently power technology for American soldiers. | Photo by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Energy Innovators to Convene for 2014 ARPA-E Summit

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