Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Science on Saturday – Now Online
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be broadcasting the coming Science on Saturday events live online:
You are invited to tune in and submit questions online for the presenters to answer by using the chat box online, or with Twitter using the #ScienceOnSaturday hashtag. Video recordings of the events will be available online for on-demand viewing after the events.
Ever wonder what goes on behind the fences at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory? Here’s your ticket to take a virtual field trip to see exciting, state-of-the-art science, presented by world-class scientists…and you won’t need a security clearance to see it.
Here is how: Watch a LIVE broadcast of the Science on Saturday lecture series starting Saturday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11:15 a.m. PST.
Join thousands of students and teachers taking this virtual field trip to Livermore Laboratory. On the first trip you will learn about, “The Gamma-Ray Spectrometer at Mercury: A Seven Year Journey to the Innermost Planet,” by LLNL scientist Morgan Burks, and teacher Dan Burns. This lecture will discuss NASA’s MESSENGER mission with a focus on the gamma-ray spectrometer and the importance of gamma-ray science in helping to understand the planet Mercury. This talk also discusses the science and engineering that allowed for the spectrometer to work at cryogenic temperatures in one of the hottest places in the solar system.
Many teachers award extra credit to students attending these talks in person. Download and complete the Student Notes Worksheet to show your teacher that you have participated in this “cutting-edge”, real-world scientific exploration and perhaps you will earn extra credit as well. Student Notes Worksheets are available by download the week of each talk at: http://education.llnl.gov/sos/?page=upcoming
Science on Saturday Program Guide
Feb. 4 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 11 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 18 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
March 3 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
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