Teachers Learn Lights and LASERs with LIGO & GNO STEM!

Teachers Learn Lights & LASERs with LIGO & GNO STEM

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.

Join GNO STEM and LIGO for a five-day institute, July 25-29! Middle and high school teachers 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).

In this hybrid format, we will combine in-person activities at the University New Orleans TRAC Center (as long as the current conditions allow for in-person activities) and LIGO located in Livingston Parish* in addition to virtual online activities.

Teachers will engage in hands-on activities they can utilize in their classroom and receive a LIGO materials kit, priority scheduling, and funding support for field trips, as well as a $100/day stipend for attending.

This workshop is designed for middle and high school science teachers. There is a $20 registration fee to reserve your spot and participation is limited.

Please note: Only teachers who are vaccinated can appear at the LIGO facility. LIGO requires proof of vaccination status.

*Mileage will be compensated for travel to LIGO in Livingston. 



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