Argonne is one of the U.S. government's oldest and largest science
and engineering research laboratories -- the largest in the Midwest.
For the past half-century, the University of Chicago has overseen
operation of Argonne for the United States Department of Energy
and its predecessor agencies.
Argonne's Educational Programs Department coordinated an effort to send computer scientists from Argonne and Fermilab National Laboratory and computer science students from the University of Chicago into schools in the greater Chicago area last December for Hour of Code, a global movement that aims to get everyone, kids to adults, to try computer coding for an hour.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.