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LIGO Science Education Center Professional Development


The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, LA, made waves a few years ago when it measured the collision of two black holes. Since then, LIGO has measured dozens of astronomical events, including neutron stars colliding.

In this five-day institute, you will learn about Light and LASERs (L), how waves interfering with each other convey information (I), how gravity rules the universe (G), and how the two LIGO observatories use hundreds of scientists and technicians of all backgrounds to figure out what the universe is trying to tell us (O).

Participants will engage in hands-on activities for your classroom, receive a LIGO materials kit, and priority scheduling (and funding support) for field trips, as well as a stipend for attending. This workshop is designed for middle and high school science teachers.

* Please note, to participate in this workshop you must either: show evidence of COVID vaccination or show evidence of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of start of the workshop.*

* We will provide hotel rooms for those travelling a distance, $500 stipend for the week ($100/day).

Space is limited to first 25 teachers that apply, so sign up quickly.