Teacher Research Academy

TRA logo and title

The Teacher Research Academy (TRA) offers middle school, high school, and community college faculty a unique professional development experience through Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In summer 2023, LLNL will offer limited FREE virtual and onsite TRA workshops, pending COVID-19 protocols for onsite visitors. 


Fusion and Astrophysics

group photo of TRA teacher group in fusion labONSITE WORKSHOP

This 5-day workshop focuses on how spectroscopy and the properties of light are used in nuclear fusion and stellar astrophysics. Participants will learn about the National Ignition Facility and the latest developments in fusion energy. This workshop provides a crash course in stellar evolution, special relativity, and gravitation, with classroom-tested labs and activities. Each day includes a tour or a talk by a Livermore scientist.

Session: June 12 – 16, 2023     |   Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Modeling for Science and Math


This 5-day workshop introduces the concepts behind computer modeling and simulation, and real-world applications. Participants will learn to use a variety of programs including Netlogo, a free open-source simulation software, to create computer models that will enhance their curricula in science and math instruction. Participants will interact online with LLNL scientists and learn how simulation is used in their work. 

Session: June 19 – June 23, 2023 |   Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Physics with Phones


This online 5-day workshop will focus on hands-on activities designed to use science and engineering practices to explore core disciplinary ideas in physics. The activities will exploit the amazing sensors found in smartphones. During this workshop you will become experienced in using the sensors in open ended exploration that will enable completely new opportunities for students to explore and learn physics.

Session: June 26-30, 2023  | Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm