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JLab Science Activities for Teachers (JSAT)
Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA
September 2024 - May 2025


What is JSAT?

JSAT is an after school program for 5th, 6th and 8th grade science teachers designed to build teachers' skills in the physical sciences, funded by the Jefferson Science Associates Initiatives Fund.

What will I do in JSAT?

The 2024 - 2025 program will include interactive activities to enhance physical science instruction at the middle school level and lectures by Jefferson Lab staff on the applications of science. And, yes, teachers WILL receive class sets of some activities!

2024 - 2025 topics will include matter, energy transfer, force and motion, magnetism and electricity, atomic structure, waves and sound, simple machines, watershed and optics.

Where does JSAT take place?

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia. [Google Maps]

When does JSAT take place?

The dates for the 2023 - 2024 program are listed below. Dates for the 2024-2025 program will be listed once they have been determined. Each session typically takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

5th Grade Teachers

October 5

October 12

October 26

November 16

December 7

December 14

January 11

January 25

February 8

February 15

February 29

March 7

March 14

April 17

April 25

May 9

6th Grade Teachers

September 26

October 10

October 24

November 14

November 28

December 12

January 9

January 23

February 6

February 20

March 5

March 19

March 26

April 17

May 7

May 14

8th Grade Teachers

September 20

October 4

October 18

November 1

November 8

December 6

December 13

January 10

January 24

February 7

February 21

March 6

March 20

April 17

May 1

May 15

Why should I attend JSAT?

All JSAT components address the National Science Education Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning.

All teachers who attend at least 80% of the program hours will receive a stipend of $100 at the end of the school year.

All teachers are eligible to receive up to 48 recertification points during the 2024 - 2025 JSAT program.


This program is open to middle school teachers employed full time in public, private, or parochial schools and whose major teaching assignment includes science. U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien status is required.

Please be aware of the time commitment. Missing more than 20% of the program hours will result in the forfeiture of your program eligibility.

How do I apply to JSAT?

Application forms can be completed and submitted online. Completed applications are due September 13th, 2024.

What other program information is available?

Who should I contact if I have questions?

5th Grade JSAT: Carol McKisson - 757-269-7560 []

6th Grade JSAT: Rhonda Bell - 757-269-7633 []

8th Grade JSAT: Lisa Surles-Law - 757-269-5002 []

This project is supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund, a JSA commitment to support programs, initiatives, and activities that further the scientific outreach, promote the science, education and technology of Jefferson Lab and benefit the lab's extended user community in ways that compliment its basic research mission.

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