International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes
United States of America
LA Tech

Louisiana Tech University


Louisiana Tech University
Address Dr. Lee Sawyer, Director of Chemistry, Physics, and Nanosystems Engineering
Louisiana Tech University
PO Box 10348
1 Adams Blvd
Ruston, LA
71272 U.S.A.
Phone +1 318 257 4911
e-Mail Dr. Lee Sawyer
Carla Offill
Dr. Markus Wobisch
Research & Teaching

As a selective admissions, comprehensive public university, Louisiana Tech is committed to quality in teaching, research, creative activity, public service, and economic development. Louisiana Tech maintains as its highest priority the education and development of its students in a challenging, yet safe and supportive, community of learners. Louisiana Tech provides a technology-rich, interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research environment to ensure student and faculty success.

The Louisiana Tech Physics program provides the highest possible quality physics education to both physics and non-physics majors. Through innovations in classrooms and in laboratories, we educate students in the highest level of scientific principles, and provide an environment in which all students are exposed to the application of these principles in state of the art research projects at world class research facilities.

Louisiana Tech’s High Energy Physics group works in collaboration with the nuclear physics and computational physics groups at Louisiana Tech, in the Center for Applied Physics Studies (CAPS). The LA Tech HEP group has worked on the DZero experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron collider, the proposed International Linear Collider, and several smaller detector development projects. The main focus of the group is the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

At the IDEA Place, our mission is to awaken the excitement of learning by doing in both children and adults. Central to our philosophy is the belief that real objects, direct experiences, and enjoyment promote learning. Children, their families, and their teachers are given the opportunity to study and investigate the wonders of the world around them through the interactive exploration of scientific phenomena. We believe that these experiences, along with more formal learning approaches, will stimulate curiosity, motivate further exploration, and increase appreciation and understanding in the area of science and mathematics.

Approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 1991, The IDEA Place opened its doors to children across North Louisiana on April 23, 1994. Since then, tens-of-thousands of children from across North Louisiana, Southern Arkansas, and beyond have found a new approach to learning in the IDEA Place.

Today, the IDEA Place is growing. With plans for future expansion and new exhibits being acquired - the future is bright. We have big ideas for the IDEA Place!
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