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FAQs

Q. I have 4/5 combination class. Can we come?

A. The program is designed for 5th grade students, so we do not recommend this.  Many teachers bring their classes year after year. This means many times half of the class has already had the program.

Q.  Can we bring a third grade class?

A.  No, all activities are based on physical science standards for grade 5.

Q.  My class has 36 students. Can we come?

A.  No, for safety reasons the maximum number is 32.   If all safety requirements, including number of students and 1:8 chaperone to student ratio, are not met, your group will not be allowed to participate and will be turned away on the day of the visit.

Q. I can only find three adults to chaperone my class of 32. Is this OK?

A. No.  If all safety requirements, including number of students and 1:8 chaperone to student ratio, are not met, your group will not be allowed to participate and will be turned away on the day of the visit.

Q. One of my potential chaperones is a very mature 17-year-old. Can s/he come?

A. No, All chaperones must be 18 and older.

Q. Can I bring my students on the Berkeley Lab Shuttle?

A. No, We no longer offer Lab shuttle services for BLAZES participants. Please indicate on the visit request form whether your group will be arriving by school bus or car.

Q. Do all of the adults need to be US citizens?

A. No. Most foreign nationals are able to visit the Lab and do NOT require pre-approval.  One exception is visitors from a designed terrorist sponsoring, or T4, country. For more information on the T4 countries and the process for approval click here.

Q.  Can we bring a younger or older sibling?

A.  No, Only 5th grade students, teacher(s) and chaperones are allowed on site. No siblings or outside guests are permitted.

Q. Can I bring my dog if I keep it in a carrier?

A. No animals, except service animals, are allowed on site.

Q. Is a cafeteria available?

A. No. Students and adults should bring a bag lunch.

Q. Does everyone need to bring drinking water?

A. Yes, there is no public drinking fountain available.

Q.  Is this visit appropriate for middle school?

A.  No, the Berkeley Lab Educational Visit (BLEV) program for middle and high school should be requested.

Q. One of my chaperones did not show up on the morning of the visit.  Can we still come?

A. No.  If all safety requirements, including number of students and 1:8 chaperone to student ratio, are not met, your group will not be allowed to participate and will be turned away on the day of the visit. Please call to re-schedule your visit.

Q. Can we take photos?

A. Yes, we encourage adults to take still photos anywhere at the Lab, but please remember that this is a workplace and therefore be mindful when taking pictures in our facilities.  Video recording is not permitted.

For more information, contact BLAZES@lbl.gov