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Kids can explore Wonders of Science at Fermilab program

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If you have kids between the ages of 7 and 12, you know how hard it can be to get them excited about science from a textbook.

Children need science to come to life before their eyes. That's the thinking behind the annual Wonders of Science show, which is expected to pack Ramsey Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Sunday, April 14.

The show, organized and performed by award-winning high school teachers, is celebrating its 26th year at the lab. Tickets are $4 per person.

"This is one of our most exciting events every year," said Spencer Pasero, an education program leader at Fermilab. "Everyone has their favorite demonstration, but there's always something new and exciting to look forward to."

This year's theme is accelerators and will feature Weird Science, a group of current and retired high school teachers who have been recognized locally and nationally for their abilities to engage young minds. Members of the troupe have appeared on "The Late Show" with David Letterman, CBS News and "Inside Edition."

Weird Science includes Lee Marek of the University of Illinois at Chicago (formerly of Naperville North High School), Karl Craddock of Fremd High School in Palatine and Mike Heinz of Downers Grove North High School. Together, they will demonstrate eye-popping chemical and physical science experiments designed to be both fun and educational.

"We hope kids leave with the sense that science can be fun, and that not only can they enjoy it as an experience, but they also can do it," Pasero said.

Each family will receive a science kit, which they can use to conduct their own experiments at home. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be ordered online at For information, call (630) 840-5588 or email