Increasing access and exposure to STEM knowledge
Students learn at computer terminals

We believe that engaging the next generation is crucial to future success

LLNL is dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literacy in the community. Outreach is vital to all LLNL organizations, as evidenced by a range of student internships, academic partnerships, and educational programs.

We in Computing take LLNL’s outreach mission to heart. The next generation of computing technology is only possible with the next generation of computer scientists, engineers, researchers, analysts, and professionals.

Our regional outreach efforts extend across California—from the San Francisco Bay Area to the San Joaquin Valley. We support many K-12 educational programs, including

  • Expanding Your Horizons: This annual conference for girls (grades six and up) is designed to increase participants’ interest in STEM through hands-on activities, workshops, and career fairs. Computing employees volunteer at both regional conferences (San Joaquin and Tri-Valley).
  • Fun With Science: Fourth- and fifth-grade students participate in experiments performed by an LLNL scientist to reinforce basic concepts about electricity, chemistry, density, air pressure and states of matter. Computing staff volunteer to conduct these demonstrations, which are held year-round, both onsite and off, for thousands of students.
  • Girls Who Code: This after-school program reaches more than 40,000 students across the country, encouraging girls to explore STEM career paths. Our volunteers work with the program’s middle- and high-school students during fall semesters.
  • IT Job Shadow Day: LLNL hosts students and teachers for tours of our high performance computing facility, centralized IT support centers, and cyber security and operations areas. Activities include game shows, demonstrations, and friendly competitions.
  • Science on Saturday: Every February, LLNL holds weekend lectures at a theater in downtown Livermore. Aimed at middle- and high-school students but open to all ages, the series features innovative projects centered on a theme. Recent lectures have explored machine learning, computational modeling, and supercomputing.
  • Teacher Research Academies: LLNL has held summer workshops for middle- and high-school teachers since the mid-1990s. The program counts toward a master’s degree at Cal State East Bay University, and the curriculum includes a course on computational modeling.

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