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ligo education and outreach november 2008

LIGO Education and OutreachNovember 2008

Dale Ingram

LIGO Hanford Observatory

ligo outreach focus
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 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







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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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-Syle Astronomía 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
Proposal for a Hanford Outreach Center
  • LIGO seeks to replicate the success of the SEC with a comparable outreach facility at the Hanford Observatory.