NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) mission specialists will give a presentation and participate in a teacher workshop for area school districts at the Northern Michigan University Seaborg Center on Saturday, April 27. They will discuss the LIGO mission (gravity waves) and to do some inquiry and physical science activities that can be used in the classroom.
LIGO stands for Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory. Almost a century ago, Einstein presented his theory of relativity, predicting that there are ripples in space time created by moving bodies, such as black holes. It is hoped this new era of gravitational-wave astronomy will offer a peek at some of the most violent processes and mysterious objects in the universe–even things that can’t be observed.
The event schedule:
9-9:30 a.m. Gravity, Gravitational Waves and the Unseen Sky, Mead Auditorium in West Science
9:45-10:30 a.m. Classroom Practices that Promote Science Inquiry, room TBA
10:45-11:30 a.m. Activities Designed to Strengthen Student Understanding of Waves and Oscillations, room TBA
This is a free event for teachers and NMU School of Education students, sponsored by the LIGO Mission and Munising Public Schools.
For more information, call the Seaborg Center at (906) 227-2002.