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NASA Science4Girls for Librarians and Their Partners: Exhibits and Displays

Updated on February 24, 2016 - 8:07 AM CST
Posted on February 27, 2013 - 8:57 AM CST

Tags: Informal | Exhibits

1. National Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) Traveling Exhibits for Libraries
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) offers small, three-panel exhibits with colorful images and text to share current lunar science and exploration stories. The displays are designed for libraries and can be used to excite and engage patrons in further exploration through library resources and programs. Priority for the exhibits is given to libraries (first-come, first-served), and they are available for free (aside from shipping). Please visit their website for detailed information and links to the online Exhibit Request Form, Loan Guidelines, and a list of the topics currently featured.

2. Visions of the Universe
The “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” exhibit is a traveling exhibit produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute in partnership with the American Library Association and the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Initially developed and disseminated in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, the “Visions of the Universe” exhibit portrays how humanity’s views and understanding of the universe have changed over the past 400 years. It features six double-sided panels that address topics such as storms on the Sun, Saturn’s rings, the nature of comets, star birth, and distant galaxies. In addition, the exhibit is supported by a connected suite of educational resources. Full-sized copies of the “Visions of the Universe” exhibit are available for loan free-of-charge (except for shipping costs) to libraries interested in hosting the exhibit for 3 months or more. In addition, poster-sized versions of the exhibit panels are available in a downloadable, PDF format at
For more information, contact Holly Ryer at

3. Stop For Science
An ISE poster series for ages K-6 with a facilitator guide that is being used in libraries now. It is designed to pique student interest in science concepts and their application to the world in which we live.

4. From Earth to the Solar System (FETTSS)/From Earth to the Universe (FETTU):
These 2 traveling exhibits are going or have gone to libraries, are aimed at families and have bilingual English/Spanish text as well as suggested activities. The team has exhibits that could be loaned to specific libraries in 2013 and beyond.

5. Here, There, and Everywhere:
A new ultra-portable traveling exhibit (that also has a product series of posters/handouts) launched in the spring of 2012 that compares everyday phenomena/physical processes with earth science and space science through visuals and metaphors. This is also aimed at families, displayed at libraries (among other public science venues), and is bilingual English/Spanish. One of the key features of HTE is that it offers the relevance factor (to everyday life/situations) that has been mentioned in some research on engaging women in science.
The Here, There, and Everywhere team has developed an activity kit that educators, volunteers, or docents can use to interact with families or students visiting the exhibit or posters. Use of these activities in addition to the exhibit or posters has been a big draw for host institutions.

6. Constellations: Wonders Within
Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope to the sky and forever changed how humanity views its place in the cosmos. Since then, astronomers have been building telescopes both in space and on the ground -- to help further our understanding of the Universe. This series of posters represents some of the most dramatic images made by combining data from the best of modern telescopes.
Posters can be downloaded and printed out; website also has activities.


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

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