STEM 6th-grade students visited LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) in Livingston, LA. The observatory's founders won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for using laser interferometry to measure the minute ripples in space-time caused by passing gravitational waves from cosmic events such as colliding neutron stars or black holes. Students completed experiments in gravity and physics and explored the museum exhibits.
LIGO’s Livingston Science Education Center hosts a monthly on-site outreach activity where you can drop in and tour the detector and experience the science exhibit hall. This event is called Science Saturday and occurs on the third Saturday of the month from 1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m. Each month is themed with a different science topic with activities in the lobby focusing on that topic. Science Saturdays are free to attend. Click here for more details.