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NASA Science4Girls for Librarians and Their Partners: Hands-on Activities and Training

Updated on February 24, 2016 - 8:06 AM CST
Posted on February 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM CST

Tags: Informal | Underserved / Underrepresented | Curriculum / Lesson Plan / Activity | Professional Development

1. MicroObservatory:
This is an ideal partnership for Libraries, because you will learn how to give your public audiences access to the MicroObservatory online robotic telescope network through the Observing With NASA guest observer web portal. You and your audiences can use this online interface to take and colorize your own images of stars and galaxies the same way that professional astronomers do. Find out how to run workshops that result in exhibitions of original visitor-created astro-photography displays with captions, poems, and 3D models. Observing with NASA DIY Astrophotography workshops combine science, art, and language arts; appeal equally to girls and boys; and are great for family audiences too.
Partner Organization: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), Cambridge, MA
Partner Contact: Erin Braswell,

2. Explore!

The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore program is designed to engage children in space and planetary science in libraries and other out-of-classroom environments. Explore investigations encompass lunar exploration; the planets Earth, Jupiter, and Mars; rockets; health in space; and more. Since its inception over a decade ago, the Explore program has grown to support a community of nearly 800 individuals in 34 states – all trained to bring space and planetary science to their children’s and youth programs. Modules, workshops, and webinars are funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA.
Some key features of Explore include:

• Everything a facilitator needs to conduct a science program, FREE for educational use
• Flexible

• Inexpensive, easy to find materials


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

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

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