LLPAD - LSU/LIGO Physics and Astronomy Demos

This program, supported by a grant from the Patrick Taylor Foundation, seeks to leverage the educational resources of the LIGO Science Education Center at LIGO Livingston, bringing free physics demonstrations and other activities to middle and high schools in Louisiana, with an emphasis on those serving underrepresented minorities. Since the program started at the time of the pandemic, most activities have up to now been virtual, with in person visits starting in fall 2022.


Vernita Adkins, Manager, LSU

Vernita Adkins


William Katzman, Program Leader,
LIGO Science Education Center

William Katzman


Joseph Giaime, Observatory Head
LIGO Livingston

Joe Giaime


Jorge Pullin, co-Principal Investigator
Hearne Chair, LSU

Jorge Pullin


Gabriela González, Principal Investigator,
Boyd Professor, LSU

Gabriela Gonzalez


School Visits and Virtual Field Trips:

LLPAD program currently offers free virtual and free in school visits.  If you are interested in LLPAD bringing hands-on science demonstrations to your class or school sign up below.

School Visits:  We can visit your school as well!
Virtual Field Trips:  LIGO Science Education Center in partnership with LLPAD now offers virtual field trips, where activities are done in your classroom as guided by staff through a virtual connection such as Zoom.


screen cap of presentations during virtual field trips

Some schools served:

  • Westdale Heights 4th
  • St. Charles Parish School 9th - 12th
  • St. Aloysius School 7th (2)
  • North Garland High School 9th - 12th
  • Cabrini High School 9th -12th (2)
  • University View Academy 4th - 5th
  • Big Buddy Program 4th (2)
  • East Rankin Academy 9th - 12th
  • Cedarcrest Southmoor Elementary 5th (3)
  • Thibodaux High School 2nd - 12th
  • Itawamba Attendance Center 7th - 8th
  • Juban Parc Junior High 6th
  • St. Joseph Catholic School 6th - 7th (2)
  • East Feliciana Middle 6th
  • Trafton Academy 5th, 7th, 8th (3)
  • Westside Jr. High 6th
  • The Dufrocq School 4th - 5th (2)
  • Holy Ghost Catholic 7th - 8th
  • Paul Breaux Middle 5th - 8th (2)
  • Corporal Michael Middlebrook 4th
  • Northwest Rankin High School 9th - 12th (2)
  • Briarwood Christian School 9th - 12th
  • West St. John High School 9th - 12th
  • Park Forest Middle 6th - 8th (2)
  • SLU Lab 5th - 8th
  • Morehouse Magnet School 9-12
  • Iberville STEM Academy 9th - 12th
  • Magnolia Woods Elementary 5th
  • Lusher Charter 6th McComb High School 9th - 12th (2)
  • Copper Mill 6th
  • Inspire Charter Academy 4th - 5th
  • Episcopal School of BR 4th
  • Westosha Central High 9th - 12th
  • St. George Catholic School 6th
  • Dorseyville Elementary 4th (2)
  • Wildwood Elementary 3rd - 5th (3)
  • St. Francis Cabrini 8th
  • Live Oak Middle 6th
  • Firstline Live Oaks 8th 2
  • John Curtis Christian 12th Physics Class
  • Ray Reynolds Middle 7th - 8th
  • Destrehan High School 9th - 12th
  • T. H. Harris Middle School 7th
  • Reschedule St. Dominic School 6th
  • PSD Booth Building 5th (3)
  • Punahou School 9th - 12th
  • Doyle High School 6th
  • Second Baptist School 9th - 12th
  • Morehouse Magnet School 9th - 12th
  • Enon Elementary 6th
  • Tangi Parish Virtual Program 9th -12th
  • Mulberry Elementary 6th (2)
  • Gretna Middle School 6th - 8th
  • University View Academy 4th - 6th
  • NSBE Lake Forest Charter 4th - 8th (5)
  • Yorktown High School 9th - 12th (2)
  • Franklin Jr. High 6th - 7th

Lectures by scientists for high school students:


Permanent display of Allegro

Allegro is a gravitational wave detector developed at LSU that belongs to a technology (resonant bar detectors) that has been superseded. It was the most sensitive detector in the world at the time it was decommissioned in 2005. Many of the detection techniques successfully used by LIGO to detect gravitational waves were initially developed and tested in detectors like Allegro. We are planning to move Allegro permanently to LIGO's Science Education Center for display as a key Louisiana contribution to the detection of gravitational waves.

Allegro gravitational wave detector