Bringing Gravitational Waves Into The Classroom Using Streamlit

Gravitational waves, black hole shadows and exoplanets: Can we make a place for cutting-edge results in schools?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 9:25 a.m.-9:35 a.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 8:25 p.m.-8:35 p.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 9:25 p.m.-9:35 p.m.

Physics concepts surrounding oscillations and waves at the middle- and high-school level can be introduced in a more enticing way by hooking students with cutting-edge research in Gravitational Waves. We have developed an online, interactive module that serves this purpose using Streamlit, a python-based library. The module connects the astrophysics of black holes to the properties of waves that they emit, forming a toolkit for teaching the same in an engaging way. It can be self-completed, used in an online lesson, or interactively in a classroom module. Formative assessment questions are provided at a conceptual level.

About Sumeet Kulkarni

Sumeet Kulkarni is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Mississippi and holds a Masters's degree in Science Education. He is passionate about science communication and public engagement. He was a science outreach fellow at LIGO Livingston in Spring 2022.