LIGO Livingston Teacher Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The LIGO Science Education Center has an auditorium complete with audio and visual support, a classroom and an interactive, hands-on exhibits hall.
Holding your professional development workshop at the LIGO SEC provides an opportunity for teachers to enhance their meeting experience by exploring science concepts in our hands-on science museum, learning about LIGO's search for gravitational waves, touring our facility and meeting a scientist.
What is the charge to utilize your facility?
FREE ! We offer meeting space at no cost to you through our support from the National Science Foundation.
What is your auditorium capacity?
One Hundred (100).
What is your classroom capacity?
Thirty Five (35).
How much notice must I give you?
Six to Ten weeks notice is typical. The earlier the notice the more the likelihood of getting the date you want.
What about food?
Visitors must bring their own lunches, drinks are available via a vending machine. You may also elect to have the event catered.
We have a beautiful outdoor covered patio and during inclement weather can seat your group inside for lunch.
Are there any special restrictions?
LIGO Livingston Observatory is a working observatory operating continuously. Our interferometer is extremely sensitive to ground motion. While on the site, vehicles MUST remain below 10 mph while driving on the facility. Buses will not be allowed to idle for long periods. Bus drivers should be made aware that once the vehicles enter the facility they will not be permitted to depart until the field trip is concluded. Please bring food and beverages for your driver. Drivers are welcome to rest in our SEC atrium.
What are the dates/times that LIGO could host a teacher workshop?
Professional groups meeting space is available on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays during the school year. Other days may be available during the summer.