The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) user facility. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes—that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth. FRIB Outreach lets the public experience how that research is done.
- Laboratory tours: If you are curious about what happens in a rare isotope facility and why, a tour is the best way to discover more. Our laboratory offers tours of the research spaces by appointment for interested groups. Public tours generally include demonstrations, an introduction to the goals and methods of nuclear science, and a walk-through of vaults where nuclei are accelerated, filtered and/or studied. Recommended for ages 10 and up, though younger visitors can learn much.
- Virtual tours: For groups that can't visit or are too large for a physical tour, this is the next best way to "see" inside the research areas. This trip through the vaults actually includes locations that are inaccessible to the public. Recommended for ages 10 and up, though younger audiences are welcome.
- Careers in science: A short presentation on how physicists, chemists, mathematicians, plumbers, welders, machinists, computer scientists, and many more are needed to make cutting-edge science work. Recommended for grades 4-12.
- Introduction to isotopes: Virtual or in-person hands-on lesson that has visitors building and naming nuclei with a simple model, then learning to read the chart of nuclides. Recommended for grades 4-12.