Teacher Research Academy

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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 2022, LLNL will offer FREE virtual and hybrid TRA workshops, pending COVID-19 protocols for onsite visitors. 




3D Print and Design

teacher observing 3d printed projectHYBRID WORKSHOP (ONSITE OR ONLINE)

This engaging workshop (with teacher participants either online or onsite at LLNL) is designed to equip today’s elementary through post-high school educators with skills to implement 3D printing and basic computer-aided design (CAD) into their classrooms. It emphasizes real-world skills through hands-on exercises, group projects, and tours of current LLNL 3D printing research. No prior experience required!

Session: June 20 – 24, 2022  |  Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Climate Science


This new workshop (with teacher participants either online or onsite at LLNL) will focus on energy and climate science including the carbon cycle, global warming, and carbon capture storage. Included in this TRA are NGSS-aligned learning modules and interactive computational modeling skill building activities for the classroom including the use of a web-based climate modeling application, where students can collect and analyze evidence of model-based reasoning about climate phenomena and so much more!

Session: June 13 – 17, 2022  |   Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Fusion and Astrophysics

group photo of TRA teacher group in fusion labVIRTUAL WORKSHOP

This 5-day virtual 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 virtual tour or a web-based talk by a Livermore scientist.

Session: June 13 – 17, 2022     |   Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 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 27 – July 1, 2022 |   Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Physics with Phone Sensors


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 1: June 20-24, 2022  | Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Session 2: July 18-22, 2022   | Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm


Technical Writing for Science Class


Participants in this online workshop learn how to explain usability and text-design techniques to their students, then apply these techniques to improve the effectiveness of lab instructions, technical descriptions, note taking, project abstracts, and science posters. Workshop participants will learn how to implement the close integration of CCSS with NGSS in the classroom through authentic activities, cases, and examples that directly embody the three NGSS science/engineering communication practices. 

Session: June 13 – 14, 2022    |   Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Technical Writing in Science Class: The Handbook