LIGO e-Lab workshop template 2017

Dates, 2017



Participating teachers will be able to:

  • Plot and interpret data recorded by LIGO seismic instruments; address limitations in the data.
  • Make claims based on evidence from LIGO data and provide reasoning.
  • Explain the importance of LIGO seismic data in a gravitiational wave search
  • Use LIGO seismic data to demonstrate classical physics concepts
  • Develop a plan to use material from the workshop in school.



Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.

Day 1

09:00     Coffee, Registration, Introduction

09:30     Gravitational Waves presentation

10:30     Break

10:45     Interferometer activity

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Videos:

13:30     Exploration of LIGO e-Lab: 

  • log in with account
  • create student account
  • review Resources and Project Map
  • try out features
  • Seismology Review

14:30     Break

14:45     Search and analyze in data:

16:00     Review day

  • Objectives met
  • Objectives not yet completed.

16:30     End of Day

Day 2

09:00     Coffee/Reflection

  • What is the thread that ties what we are doing together?
  • What worked and did not work yesterday?
  • How are we doing on the objectives?
  • Hot off the press.

09:15  Begin resreach 

10:30     Break

10:45     Continue research

11:30     Create posters

12:00     Lunch 

13:00     Poster presentations

14:00     LIGO Hanford Virtual Visit

14:30     Break     

14:45     Implementation discussion

15:15     Reflection: write/discuss

  • take-aways from the workshop
  • what you learned beyond the objectives
  • what you would like to learn more about.

15:30     Evaluation

16:00     End of workshop