Teacher Research Academy (TRA)
NPI sponsors teachers chosen to attend the Teacher Research Academy (TRA) at the Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California.
The TRA offers middle school, high school and community college
faculty unique professional development experiences at LLNL. TRA
teachers participate in a continuum of standards-based instruction,
taking them from novice to mastery in exciting scientific
disciplines. The goal is to provide teachers with a real-world
context in which to teach science.
The Teacher Research Academy is designed as a unique
professional development experience where educators meet
scientists, learn to use science equipment and processes, and
experience science through direct involvement. Participants attend
lectures by LLNL scientists, take part in hands-on experiments, and
tour various lab facilities, with the expectation that they will
share these experiences with students and fellow educators over the
Teachers who complete the TRA:
- Increase their understanding of science and technology.
- Become experienced using scientific equipment to perform
standards aligned experiments.
- Are better able to provide students a context to understand how
science is applied.
- Are better able to guide student research projects
For additional information about participating in the Teacher
Research Academy, contact Valerie Segovia, NPI Director of Outreach and
NPI teachers were part of the 2012
Teacher Research Academy at the National Ignition Facility (NIF)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore,