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Auburn Students Selected to Present at Virtual Fermilab Open House

Auburn High School AP physics students

One of the most exciting features of the annual Family Open House at Fermilab in Batavia is the High School Physics Carnival.

Each September, high school teams can submit a proposal for a physics activity that is appropriate for students in grades K-8. Fermilab selects a limited number of schools to present at the carnival. Auburn High School AP Physics C students were selected to present at Fermilab in 2018 and 2020 – right before the lab closed to the public because of the ongoing pandemic. 

While the lab is still closed, Fermilab has a virtual event and asked students to submit pre-recorded videos. Once again, Auburn students were selected to participate.

Auburn AP physics students AJ Bernardo, Ryuto Thew and Dhruv Ramaswami created a presentation about momentum and energy through marble collisions:


Teachers across the country know that creating high quality, online content in the form of a video is, in many ways, more challenging and more time consuming than live content. 

Find their video, along with all of the other events – including interviews and lab tours – on Fermilab’s open house website. In a typical year, the in-person open house draws several hundred guests. Last year, the virtual event drew over 10,000 participants.

About Fermilab: Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory. The U.S. Department of Energy funds Fermilab, where scientists and engineers from around the world collaborate on physics experiments to – in short – research and discover what the universe is made of and how it works. They study the smallest building blocks of matter using some of the largest and most complex machines in the world.  

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Marianna Ruggerio

Marianna Ruggerio is the AP physics/physics instructor at Auburn High School. She has worked in the district for the past seven years after moving to Rockford from the Chicago area in 2014. Marianna is constantly looking for ways to improve professionally and serves on the executive councils for both the Illinois and Chicago sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

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