LIGO (Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Science Education Center

October 1st, 2008 - September 30th, 2018 | PROJECT

LIGO's Science Education Center is in charge of Education and Public Outreach Component for the LIGO Livingston Observatory. The three prime efforts are: (1) Professional development for teachers utilizing lab facilities and cross-institute collaborations. (2) Outreach to students K-16 (targeting 5- 9th grade), with on-site field trips to the LIGO Lab and Science Education Center, as well as off-site visits & presentations. (3) Outreach to the general public and community groups with on-site tours and Science Education Center Experience, as well as off=site visits and presentations. LIGO's Science Education Center is located at the LIGO Observatory, and has an auditorium, a classroom and a 5000 square foot exhibit hall with interactive exhibits at its disposal to complete its mission. In addition LIGO-SEC staff serve to help press and documentary film makers complete their missions in telling the "LIGO story" and encouraging budding scientists.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products
Gravitating Toward Science: Parent–Child Interactions at a Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Presentation - Collaborative Center Networks & Large Facilities

Team Members

William Katzman, Project Manager, California Institute of Technology


Funding Source: NSF
Award Number: 0757058
Funding Amount: 193616000


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Undergraduate | Graduate Students | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Higher Education Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Laboratory Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs