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Shrinking Quarter Machine

A MagLab physicist and engineer pair up to demonstrate the lab's famous Quarter Shrinking Machine, a loud, stinky illustration of electrodynamics, circuits, Lenz’s Law and Lorenz forces.

Tesla Coils

What's behind these cool purple sparks? Neat science about resonance and transformers.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Explore our site to hunt and gather the answers to these electricity & magnetism questions.

Luck and Logic

Ready to use some math skills in a fun game that tests your understanding of probabilities? You’ll need lots of logic and a little luck to win the game. Play against yourself or find a friend to challenge.

The Life of an Experiment

From idea to published paper, every experiment follows a similar path of inquiry.

Dream Date with History

Cocktails with the founder of modern physics, a frolic with the father of microbiology, and other ideas for quality time with bygone science celebs.

Stump the Scientist

Nobody can know everything — not even the most brilliant of scientists.

There's a First Time for Sciencing

In the first year of this new decade, we asked researchers about their most memorable first-time experiences as scientists. Here’s what they had to say.

Drawing Magnetic Field Lines

Magnetic fields are invisibile, but with this activity you can – abracadabra – make the field lines appear!

Make a Compass Activity

Compasses are actually very simple. If you ever forget which way is north, follow these steps to make one yourself.

Making Electromagnets

What do you get when you mix a battery, a bit of copper wire and a nail? One of the most important forces in science. Try it yourself and let the force be with you!

Möbius Strip

When you take a strip of paper, give it half a twist, and join the ends, you have created a Möbius strip.

DIY Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscopes usually contain mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper to produce changing patterns visible through an eyehole when the tube is rotated. Our Kaleidoscope is made from a cardboard tube, cardstock, a transparent sheet, a coffee filter, pipe cleaners, and your imagination and creativity.

2018 Research Experiences for Teachers Program

Ten Florida teachers worked side by side with MagLab researchers during the summer of 2018.

MagLab Educators Take Their Lessons to New Mexico

Area teachers learn how to explain magnet research conducted nearby to their students.

Outreach for English Language Learners

To broaden participation in STEM, onsite outreach at the MagLab is now offered in Swahili in addition to Spanish, German and French.

Middle Schoolers Benefit from Long Term Research Experiences

Evaluation of the middle school mentorship program shows that students who participated in this 12 week program have increased confidence and interest in STEM.

K-12 Camp COVID-19 Alternative: Summer Exploration Series

When COVID-19 eliminated the option for in-person camp experiences, the MagLab pivoted to offer a free virtual Summer Exploration Series instead.

Engaging Underrepresented Youth Through Camp TESLA

Incorporating Camp TESLA curriculum into a College Reach-Out Program (CROP) helped expose diverse students to hands-on MagLab STEM activities. 

Magnetic Momentum Scholars Program: Diversifying Innovation in STEM

This new MagLab program pairs Florida A&M University undergraduate students with MagLab STEM mentors for a rotational internship experience that expands participant's knowledge of physics, materials research, chemistry, biology, and engineering career paths at the MagLab and beyond.

MagLab Educator Wins Tallahassee Scientific Society Gold Medal Award

MagLab K-12 educator Carlos R. Villa is awarded Gold Medal from Tallahassee Scientific Society. 

"Research Worth Reading" National Award

A MagLab educational researcher was presented The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2023 Research Worth Reading award. This recognition is given to three papers published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) in the past year that are deemed to have the most significant implications for science educators and practitioners, maintaining CIRL's goal of not only using best practices in science education, but informing the field as well.

MagLab at the 2023 Aspire Summer Institute

The MagLab Mentoring Director was invited to serve as a facilitator for the 2023 Aspire Summer Institute, a workshop that trains faculty and leaders from STEM departments and professional societies across the US.

MagLab "Champion for Teaching" to Receive National Award

Veteran educator recognized for inspiring kids about science outside the classroom.

"Subatomic Smackdown" Rallies Physics Fans to Pick a Particle

Scientists and science communicators team up in playful bout that engages physics fans worldwide.

National MagLab to Receive $184M NSF Renewal Grant

The National Science Foundation announces five-year funding grant for continued operation of the world’s most powerful magnet lab.

A Feast for the Mind and Senses at 2019 MagLab Open House

Lab to serve up heaping portions of science at food-themed Open House on Feb. 23.

Student Employee Recognized for Excellence With Regional Award

A young computer programmer was surprised by not one, but two awards for building systems crucial to running the lab's magnets.

Laura Greene Awarded 2019 Gold Medal Award

MagLab Chief Scientist Laura Greene recognized by the Tallahassee Scientific Society for her exemplary career achievements in science and contributions to science education and outreach.

Explore the Science of Time at Silver Anniversary Open House

On Feb. 22, the lab opens its doors once again, inviting science lovers of all ages to do hands-on activities related to space, time and all things fun and nerdy.

Personal Interactions are Important Drivers of STEM Identity in Girls

Research on MagLab science camp yields a framework for better understanding how to encourage girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM's most male-dominated field.

MagLab Open House 2021 Moves Online

The science fun moves online with live virtual sessions, video demos, all-access virtual tours and online games.

MagLab Educator Named 2021 Gold Medal Awardee

Carlos R. Villa who is usually surrounded by K-12 students now joins a list of prestigious honorees recognized by the Tallahassee Scientific Society for his contributions to science education

How a Sense of Belonging Creates STEM Success

New research explores the power of intersecting identities in a young Black woman’s STEM experience.

New NSF Funding to Study Online STEM Learning

A $1.9 million will explore how online STEM programs can yield improved STEM identity in girls.

MagLab’s Chief Scientist Recognized with Prestigious Oersted Medal

The award recognizes those who've had an "outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics."

Play like a Kid Again at MagLab Open House

2024 science festival will celebrate toys of all types.

How to Build a Scientist

Anyone can have a career in science. Here are some tips and MagLab programs that will help you hone science skills for students of every age and stage. 

SciGirls at Animal Shelter

Students take field trips designed to inspire girls to pursue careers in science.

Teachers Tackle Pioneering Science

These teachers went from their classroom to the lab to spend their summer break learning science skills.

MagLab Mentors Middle-Schoolers

Teenagers spent Fridays at the MagLab this fall working on a research project. 

Bridge to Diversity

Getting a PhD in science is an arduous feat; for some minority students, it can be especially challenging. The MagLab is working to give these students the tools and opportunities they need to see their journey through.

From SciGirls to SciWomen: A Decade of SciGirls Summer Camp

Ten years and 260 girls later, look back at the impact of SciGirls, a unique, hands-on summer camp for girls, by talking to two former campers.

Science Excursions for SciGirls

Fun, hands-on, field trips to learn more about science is what SciGirls Summer Camp is all about.

How to Survive a Postdoc

Postdocs face big challenges as they learn the ropes of real-life science. The MagLab and other institutions are doing more to help them make the most of these years of intensive training.

A Second Serving of Science

When a Florida teacher had the chance to spend a second summer doing research at the MagLab, he didn’t have to think twice.

Facilities Data Collection Goes Digital

Undergrad streamlines maintenance routine with touch-screen technology

The Final Hurdle

The culmination of years of hard work, the dissertation defense is as much an ordeal as it is a ritual.

The Plusses of Peer Mentorship

Young scientists learning the ropes find they get by better with a little help from their fellow students, postdocs and colleagues.

Internship Offers Student New Way to Science

High school intern Kyle Buchholz uses his time at the MagLab to learn science hands-first, rather than head-first.

When the Teacher Becomes the Student

Paul Rigel, a Florida middle school teacher, talks about his six weeks working at the MagLab's microanalysis lab.

Undergrad Learns How Gratifying Research Can be

Gerardo A. Nazario, a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) intern, talks about his eight weeks working at the MagLab and at the MagLab's Applied Superconductivity Center.

Two Mentors Means Double the Learning

Petroleum engineer Alicia Calero, a former participant in the lab's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, talks about two MagLab scientists who played a key role in her training.

Bob Goddard : Being a Mentor

MagLab scientist Bob Goddard talks about his 17 years as a mentor.

Good Mentors Make Good Scientists

Researchers talk about their favorite mentors and how they made a difference.

Last modified on 10 August 2022