Saturday Morning Physics

What is SMP?

The Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics (SMP) program is a free-of-charge series of nine lectures and tour visits given by Fermilab scientists.

The program’s purpose is to further the understanding and appreciation of modern physics among high school students. The lectures are aimed at high school students without any previous scientific knowledge.

This program is given three times a year in so called sessions. Full details of the SMP program can be found on these pages.

Announcement and Registration

An announcement of the Saturday Morning Physics program to participating schools for the academic year are made in August.

The students must satisfy the eligibility requirements. Applications will be taken only for the coming academic year, and will be granted as the number of registered students do not exceed the maximum number of 150 per session. Registration for the 2017-18 SMP year will open on August 7, 2017.

View 2017 SMP Brochure: 2017 SMP Brochure and 2017 SMP Brochure- Spanish Version.

Students who registered electronically and put a valid email address will be notified before the start of each session.

Class is never cancelled due to weather.

Please consider your safety before attempting to come to class.


Location of Fermilab

Fermilab is located about 40 miles west of the Chicago loop, immediately east of the City of Batavia, north of Butterfield Road (Route 56) and south of Fabyan Parkway on Kirk Road.  Public transportation to the Laboratory is not available. See the location of Fermilab and get directions to Fermilab in Google maps.  The GPS coordinates of the main entrance to Wilson Hall are 41°50’19.6″N+88°15’40.3″W

See a sitewide map of Fermilab.  Parking instructions are available online.




See our Summary Information.  And also read about the history of SMP.