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LIGO Education and Outreach November 2008. Dale Ingram LIGO Hanford Observatory [email protected] LIGO Outreach Focus. Leverage the scale, technology and science backdrop of the Observatories to create rich visitor experiences

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LIGO Education and OutreachNovember 2008

Dale Ingram

LIGO Hanford Observatory

[email protected]

LIGO Outreach Focus

  • Leverage the scale, technology and science backdrop of the Observatories to create rich visitor experiences

    • Student field trips integrate hands-on standards-based activities with explorations of LIGO science and technology

    • Teacher professional development programs emphasize science inquiry along with key LIGO science concepts

    • Programs for the general public address a variety of interests and ages

    • Outreach programs are built on partnerships

    • The Observatories are important parts of the institutional fabric of their communities

The LIGO Livingston Science Education Center

  • The LIGO SEC offers dozens of premier hands-on exhibits from The Exploratorium that create a bridge between basic physics concepts and the science of LIGO.







Partnerships Power the SEC

  • The SEC collaboration is preparing a proposal to carry the Center forward on its growth trajectory.

Several thousand LA and WA students experienced LIGO field trips in 2007-08

  • Hanford: Fifteen permanently mounted exhibits; three of these were built by the Exploratorium.

  • A standard LIGO field trip: Watch Einstein’s Messengers, spend time on the exhibits, enjoy Q&A with a LIGO scientist, take a site tour, visit the control room. All of these activities are connected to National Science Education Standards.

Teacher Professional Development Activities

  • Both Observatories participate in collaborations that provide standards-based inquiry-themed professional development programs for k-12 teachers while leveraging the proximity of LIGO science and scientists.

  • More than 1,000 person-days were spent by teachers at the sites in 2007-2008.

Research in the Teaching and Learning of Science

  • The LIGO-Tulane partnership utilizes the SEC to investigate family science interactions.

  • Hanford collaborates with WSU Tri-Cities on research related to teachers’ perceptions of the nature of science and scientific inquiry.

  • Evaluator data shows the benefits of “LIGO immersion” for teachers.

Undergraduates Strengthen Connections to Underrepresented Groups

  • Southern University students serve as SEC docents.

  • Columbia Basin College students serve dual outreach-technical internships at LHO.

Public Tours and Events Attract a Variety of Interests and Ages

  • The Observatories are growing in popularity as high-interest destinations.

  • Special activities target various visitor segments.

National Outreach

  • and the I2U2 project provide Web-based education resources.

  • The LSC EPO working group has submitted a proposal for a LIGO exhibit in the 2009 World Science Festival.

2009 IYA -- an Opportunity for Astronomy Outreach

2009 LHO IYA Activities

March 21: Astronomy for the Young

May 2: International Astronomy Day

June 4: LIGO at LitFest, “Astronomy: More than Romance?”

June 20: Get Your Hands on Astronomy

August 22: Searching the Deep Sky

October 17: Einstein Film Festival

December 5: Astronomy LIGO-SyleAstronomía la manera de LIGO

LLO partnered on an astronomy event for teachers in 2008, laying the groundwork for future activities.

Proposal for a Hanford Outreach Center

  • LIGO seeks to replicate the success of the SEC with a comparable outreach facility at the Hanford Observatory.

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