Louisiana State University

Landolt Astronomical Observatory

Physics Learning and Astronomy Training Outreach

LaSIP Project PLATO is a teacher enhancement project that offers teachers in grades 6-12 the opportunity to earn graduate credit in physics or astronomy. Teachers learn to use technical equipment and then bring material back to their classroom for use by students. Stipends are provided for this intensive 3-week summer course.

Operation Primary Physical Science (OPPS)

OPPS is a professional development program for K-3 science teachers, funded by the National Science Foundation. Workshops are provided for the following topics: Heating Matter, Light and Color, Light Interaction with Matter, Nature of Matter, Nature of Light, Magnets, Mixing Matter, Moving Objects, & Sound. These modules along with a wealth of information will be available for download from the newly constructed OPPS web site.


Part of NASA's National Space Grant, LaSPACE offers information on teacher resources available through NASA and is available for various school presentations and teacher workshops. For more information, contact Karen Johnson → kjohnson @ - (225) 578-8680.

BREC-LSU-BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory

The observatory offers Friday night campfire talks followed by public observing, Saturday hands-on activities for elementary through high school students and the perfect field trip opportunity. Contact Dottie Hartman → hartman @ - (225) 768-9948.

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

SPS is a student organization at LSU whose purpose is to promote the appreciation and advancement of physics and astronomy to the community. They are available for classroom presentations and demonstrations in physics, tutoring and help with science fair projects and host a high school competition each year. For more information, please call (225) 578-1187.

Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)

LIGO is a national laboratory devoted to detecting gravitational waves. It is located in Livingston parish and offers a unique field trip experience. Students can paint murals on part of the beam tube and take part in a 30-minute program on the polarization of light. Contact Bonnie Wascom → wascom_b @ - (225) 686-3100.

Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD)

More information regarding CAMD's educational opportunities will be coming soon. Check back with us for more information!

LSU Planetarium

The LSU Planetarium is located in Rm. 363 of Nicholson Hall. The Spitz A3P projector has been refurbished and reinstalled back into the planetarium. The LSU Planetarium is now vailable for both LSU classes and off campus groups.

Last Update: Friday, March 24, 2006