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Doing Science Together
Free hands-on science activities for all ages at your school, library, store or other facility.

Magnet Mystery Hour
This free lecture series aims to educate the public and provide direct access to working scientists.

Public Tours
Any group from the general public can book a tour and see our world-record magnets and cutting-edge laboratories.

Open House
Every February, the MagLab opens its doors to the public, offering dozens of science demonstrations to visitors of all ages. It's free, fun and for everyone.

Science in Tallahassee
Check out these excellent museums, parks and science venues around the MagLab's Tallahassee, Florida, headquarters.

Art in the Atrium
Several times a year, the MagLab's atrium transforms into an art gallery and destination for the Council on Culture and Arts' (COCA) "First Friday" gallery hop.

Science Cafés
The MagLab and Backwoods Bistro host The Science Cafe — a forum for face-to-face conversation with scientists about current topics related to science and technology — the first Tuesday of each month.

Learning Opportunities

MagLab U
MagLab U logo THE place for information on electricity and magnetism. Study milestones in history, learn about key figures, play with interactive tutorials and read down-to-earth articles about the lab's research

Science in Literature
Textbooks arenít the only place you find science. Library shelves are full of tales that weave science, drama and suspense together.

Written in layman's terms, this magazine provides a window into the Magnet Lab's culture of curiosity-based research and focus on educating the next generation of scientists.


Our partnerships with these groups make us more effective in our common goal of improving science education in our schools and communities.

BLAST is a North Florida and South Georgia organization aimed at promoting science instruction. For the past 15 years, a CIRL staff member has served on BLAST’s board or held the position of president, vice president or secretary. BLAST members are often presenters at the Magnet Lab Open House and work as partners with the Magnet Lab to promote STEM education to the community.

CAISE - Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education
The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program to strengthen and advance the field of professional informal science education and its infrastructure by providing resources for practitioners, researchers, evaluators and STEM-based professionals. CAISE also facilitates conversation, connection and collaboration across the ISE field — including in media (TV, radio, and film), science centers and museums, zoos and aquariums, botanical gardens and nature centers, cyberlearning and gaming, and youth, community, and out of school time programs. The Center for Integrating Research & Learning (CIRL) has worked with CAISE to provide advice for reaching Principal Investigators and improving the evaluation of broader impacts.

CPALMS - Collaborate, Plan, Align, Learn, Motivate, and Share
CPALMS is part of the Florida Center for Research in STEM and is the state of Florida’s platform for educators to Collaborate, Plan, Align, Learn, Motivate, and Share through online lesson plans and activities. The Center for Integrating Research & Learning (CIRL) has partnered with CPALMS to facilitate scientist interviews as part of their video accessories for lessons. Carlos Villa also works closely with CPALMS to discuss the role of informal STEM outreach.

Columbia University RET Program
The Center for Integrating Research & Learning continues its collaboration with other institutions that conduct educational outreach with teachers. Through the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Network, the Center maintains a national presence among other laboratories, centers, and universities that conduct RET and other teacher enhancement programs. Current projects include participating in a research project with Columbia University that will compare various RET programs from across the country.

CCC - Community Classroom Consortium, Tallahassee, FL
The Community Classroom Consortium (CCC) is a coalition of more than thirty cultural, scientific, natural history, and civic organizations in north Florida and south Georgia that provide educational experiences and resources to the public, especially K-12 teachers and students. Representatives from CIRL and Public Affairs represent the Lab on the board of this organization and as general members.(Magnet Lab Contact: Roxanne Hughes, Educational Programs or Kristen Coyne, Public Affairs)

Florida Afterschool Network, Tallahassee, FL
The Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) is an organization that is working toward creating and sustaining a statewide infrastructure to establish collaborative public and private partnerships that connect local, state, and national resources supporting afterschool programs that are school-based or school-linked; develop quality afterschool standards that are endorsed and promoted by statewide stakeholders and through Florida Afterschool Network; and promote public awareness and advocate for policy that expands funding, quality improvement initiatives, and accessibility of afterschool programs. The Center for Integrating Research & Learning is a member of the advisory council for this organization.

Florida State University, College of Education, Tallahassee, FL
The Center for Integrating Research & Learning works closely with faculty from the FSU College of Education to network and strengthen programs on campus and at the lab. Currently, we utilize the expertise of FSU faculty for research projects. We also recruit graduate students from FSU departments to conduct research on CIRL programs.

FREEDM Systems Center
Through its proud association with this center, CIRL coordinates three science education summer programs targeting middle and high school students and their teachers.

Future Physicists of Florida
Future Physicists of Florida is an organization dedicated to recognizing talented middle school math and science students and providing educational guidance to these students to prepare them for careers in physics and engineering. CIRL is a partner in the organization.

Leon County Schools
The Center for Integrating Research and Learning works closely with Leon County Schools by developing teacher professional development. CIRL also conducts outreach in LCS schools and invites students to participate in our internships, mentorship program, and summer camps.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
In partnership with the Center for Advanced Power Systems and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the Center for Integrating Research & Learning supports ERC FREEDM educational and assessment activities. Working with The Science House and the ERC FREEDM Center at North Carolina State University, CIRL facilitates the pre-college education program through summer camps, Young Scholars high school internship programs, and Research Experiences for Teachers. In addition, one full-time graduate student coordinates assessment at all locations participating in the FREEDM grant.

Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC)
The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium serves 13 school districts in the panhandle of Florida. PAEC provides leadership and support services to these districts, increases networking among members, and maximizes resources. Over the years, CIRL has provided teacher workshops and high school summer information sessions to students and teachers from these districts with PAEC’s facilitation.

WFSU-TV , Tallahassee, FL
The Center for Integrating Research & Learning partners with WFSU-TV, the area’s public television station, to administer SciGirls. The program is a 2-week camp for middle and high school girls with an interest in science. The collaboration between the Magnet Lab and WFSU-TV has resulted in a successful 6-year camp that has engaged the larger community.

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