The program is open to any high school student who is in a public, private, or parochial school, or in a home-schooled program.

It is helpful to have had a high school physics course before participating, but this is not required.  An understanding of Algebra is a plus.

A unique email address is required for each registrant.


Saturday Morning Physics is for high school students.  Provided they follow the following rules and guidelines, parents and other adults may sit in on the lectures.

  1. Registered students must each have a seat first
    • If there is space, adults should sit towards the back and the sides of One West.
  2. Only registered students may ask questions during the lecture.  If you have a question, please ask it outside of the lecture room.
    • The venue belongs to the students.  We want to have a safe environment where students can freely ask questions.
    • We have had adults get enthusiastic and dominate the questioning on a couple of occasions — we feel that this scenario intimidates students and discourages them from actively participating in the discussion.
  3. Please refrain from using your laptop computer in the lecture hall as it could be distracting to students.

All adults should check with the SMP receptionist on Saturday morning to see if they may attend the lecture that day.  They do not need to register.

Only a few of the tours can accommodate non-SMP registrants.  Adults should not assume that they may join the tours – check with the receptionist to see if today’s tour can accept extra participants.  Please respect the guidelines, above, when on the tour.

Fermilab offers public tours each week.  Also, the Ask a Scientist program is available to you.

We encourage and welcome parents and siblings to attend SMP on graduation day.  We have a parallel question and answer session for parents (usually in Curia II).  Siblings may attend either the Q&A or the final lecture (space permitting).

Younger students

The lectures are aimed at high school students.  Middle school students, and younger, are encouraged to wait until they reach high school before signing up for and attending Saturday Morning Physics.


High school teachers are welcome to attend, but we ask that they respect the guidelines for adults.  SMP leaders are especially eager to hear, and to answer, your questions outside the lecture.

Additionally, Fermilab offers many programs for you.