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FYI = Science Saturday! at LIGO Livingston – Saturday June 17

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We are sorry but we are not planning to take a group. We simply want to let everyone know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. 

Okay… many of you heard remember the news. That LIGO detected and confirmed gravitational waves! But did you know… one of the two LIGO facilities in the United States is “down the road”… about 30 miles away… in Livingston Louisiana? One of the most important discoveries in cosmology and physics happened in our “backyard” right here in Louisiana. Gabriela Gonzalez – the spokesperson for LIGO Livingston – is a professor at Louisiana State University!

Bonus = Dr Gonzalez will speak tonight at at the Highland Park Observatory for the monthly meeting of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. Starting at 7:00 p.m. She probably does not start speaking until ~ 7:30 p.m.

LIGO Livingston has a Science Saturday the third Saturday of every month. In which the facility is open to the public. There are science demonstrations… science exhibits… all (most?) of which people can touch and work with them… a video that explains LIGO… and a tour of the facility including a visit to the control room. Maybe you will notice another gravitational wave! This month it will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tours of LIGO are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We know some families who visit LIGO Livingston every month because they and their children enjoy it so much. Tomorrow the theme for Science Saturday will be “balancing science”. I have no idea what that means.

Where is it? How do you travel there? It is about 30 miles away – usually it takes 45 minutes by car. Click here for directions.

Super science Saturday! this Saturday October 29

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We want to let you know about fun and interesting activities in and around Baton Rouge. Especially anything that has to do with science.

Super Science Saturday at Louisiana State University this Saturday at the PMAC ( = Pete Maravich Assembly Center) upper level

Super Science Saturday (SSS) is a free Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education event for students in kindergarten to 12th grade, parents, and anyone interested in seeing science in action.  SSS is sponsored by LSU Chemistry, the Baton Rouge local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and LSU Athletics.

SSS is held each Fall, usually around National Chemistry Week.  This year there will be 19 stations with hands-on demonstrations and activities to engage students and adults alike.  Each K-12 student that attends is given a Passport at the check-in area that has blocks for all the activity stations.  When the student visits the station and participates in the activities the Passport is stamped.  After visiting all the activity stations located around the concourse level of the PMAC they will receive some small gifts at the check-out area.  Many regional K-12 teachers give students with a fully-stamped Passport some bonus points for attending and learning some science – so hang on to those Passports if that is the case. …

The event is free, but we are collecting non-perishable food items (and/or monetary donations) for the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

The organizer of the event is Dr. Andrew Maverick (LSU Chemistry, phone: 225-578-4415, E-mail:  Please contact him for more information or questions about Super Science Saturday.

Observe the moon! Saturday October 8

Note = This is not a church activity. We are not able to pick up people and bring a group. However we want you to know about fun and interesting activities like this. Rick Wright is a member of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and loves astronomy. There are not many public access observatories in the United States.

Observe the Moon Night on October 8 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Free and for all ages. Drinks. Refreshments. Binoculars recommended. (!?!) There will be different activities at different times. Click here for schedule and information.

Where? Highland Park Observatory13800 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge 70810.

Directions = 

  1. Drive southeast along Highland Road for a long time
  2. Cross Siegen Lane
  3. After about 1 kilometer – near the top of a small hill – look for the “Highland Park Observatory” sign on the right. Turn right into the parking lot.
  4. This part is tricky. Be careful. There are people walking around.
  5. After you drive through the gate… turn your headlights off. You can turn on your “parking lights”. Watch out for people walking around in the dark. Park.
  6. This part is also tricky. Walk through the parking lot toward the observatory building. It is dark. You can use a red flashlight.
  7. Have fun.

Or =

  1. Drive southeast along Burbank Drive for a long time
  2. Turn right onto Highland Road
  3. Follow directions (3) through (7) above