Science Alive!


Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Public Library and held in its downtown branch, this annual winter event gives Notre Dame researchers and students the opportunity to share their knowledge of energy with the local community. ND Energy labs from across campus prepare enough hands-on activities and demonstrations to fill a room. This annual event provides ND Energy the opportunity to teach children and their parents about energy-related issues and topics. 

During the 25th anniversary of Science Alive in 2017, ND Energy had ten affiliated labs participating, creating an overflow from its traditional, single “energy” room into the second floor lobby. Over 850 community members participated in educational hands-on exhibits. While the activities were aimed at younger participants, posters and researchers answered many questions about their work and the future of energy to adults. The ND Energy affiliated laboratories that participated were those of faculty members Kyle Doudrick, Haifeng Gao, David Go, Prashant Kamat, Abigail Mechtenberg, Svetlana Neretina, William Phillip, Jennifer Schaefer, Bill Schneider, and Jonathan Whitmer.

ND Energy will be participating in the 2018 Science Alive event in early February. 

For more information or to get involved, contact Anne Berges Pillai, Education and Outreach Associate Program Director, at 574-631-9106 or