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NASA Science4Girls for Librarians and Their Partners: NASA Science4Girls 2013

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

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Explore the exciting events happening in 2013!

There are 4 different science topics for NASA Science4Girls: Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science. The events below are classified according to these areas.


Astro4Girls:

Dates of Events: March 18-19
Library: Cottage Grove Public Library
City/State: Cottage Grove, OR
NASA Partner: Fermi Mission, Teena Della, Astrophysics Educator Ambassador
Description: Black hole workshops at the library and high school will teach attendees about the Fermi telescope, Black Holes and Active Galaxies. We will be building an edible Active Galaxy in each. Yummm!

Date of Event: March 18
Library: Sunnyvale Public Library
City/State: Sunnyvale, CA
NASA Partner: SETI/ Kepler
Description: The Sunnyvale Public Library will host Pam Harman from SETI to facilitate a Kepler Mission / Exoplanet workshop on March 18 from 7 - 8:30 pm.

Dates of Events: March 21 & 23, 2013
Library: Mobile Public Library
City/State: Mobile, AL
NASA Partner: Hubble/Webb
Description: The Mobile Public Library will host Astro4Girls events during the month of March. March 21, there will be a student workshop, 3:30-4:30 pm, exploring light and color, filter glasses and telescope building. On March 23, 2:30-4 pm, the Toulminville branch will host a family event.

Date of Event: March 23, 6-8 pm (Exhibit on display throughout March)
Library: Carmel HS Library & Planetarium
City/State: Carmel, IN
NASA Partner: Chandra X-Ray Observatory/Here, There, Everywhere
Description: Join us at the Carmel High School Planetarium and Media Center Saturday March 23 6-8pm as we explore the universe and learn about Women's Contributions to Astronomy. The evening includes a walkthrough of the Chandra X-Ray Telescope display ”Here, There, Everywhere” and a talk about Women in Astronomy with a guest speaker from Indiana University Bloomington.

Date of Event: March 23, 2013
Library: Greenwich Library

City/State: Sweedsboro NJ
Description: Parents and students will play NASA games, learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, have a planetarium presentation, hot dogs and popcorn for lunch and stack, and shooting various rockets in the afternoon.

Dates of Events: March 13, 2013
     March 17, 2013
     March 21, 2013
     March 28, 2013

Location: National Air and Space Museum
City/State: Washington, DC
Description: We are having three “Astronomy Chats” in March, all with female astronomers, to celebrate Women’s History Month. The researchers will video chat with visitors at the Public Observatory. We consulted with the researchers in advance to train them in best educational practices for having conversations with the public.

Dates of Events: April 6, 2013
Library: Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library system
City/State: Eldersburg, MD
NASA Partner: Hubble/Webb
Description: The Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library system will host an Astro4Girls event during the month of April. April 6, there will be a student workshop exploring light and color, filter glasses and telescope building.

Dates of Events: April 11, May 18
Library: Butler Public Library
City/State: Butler, MO
NASA Partner: XMM-Netwon Mission, Neta Apple, Astrophysics Educator Ambassador
Description: Teacher workshop: for the science teachers at the Butler and nearby schools. Will share one of the activities developed by the Sonoma State E/PO Group, work with the teachers to address questions, misconceptions, or problems.
     The Monsters in the Middle workshop will include opportunities for girls and their families to learn about supermassive black holes and some of the women astronomers who contributed both historically and currently to our knowledge of them, to actively explore astronomy via hands-on activities, meet and talk with a NASA Educator Ambassador, and, weather permitting, observe the Moon and other celestial delights through several large amateur telescopes.

Date of Event: April 24, 2013
Library: Cerritos Library
City/State: Cerritos, CA
Description: This one-hour hands-on program will introduce participants to how NASA learns about the Universe through light, exploring wavelengths we cannot see with our eyes and building spectroscopes to break down the light we can see.

Dates of Events: Trainings TBD in late March/early April, Events TBD April
Library: 6 remote libraries
NASA Partner: Observing with NASA (OWN)
Description: 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.
The MicroObservatory team is offering trainings for 6 remote libraries for NASA Science4Girls events in 2013.


Earth4Girls

Date of Event: March 16, 2013, 2-3pm La Canada Library
Earth Forum Contact: Karen Yuen (karen.yuen@jpl.nasa.gov)
Library partner and contact info: Elaine Braddock, Adult/Teen Services Librarian
County of Los Angeles Public Library
4545 Oakwood, LaCanada Flintridge, CA
(818) 790-3330
EBraddock@library.lacounty.gov
Type of event: Talk, Q&A, Activity
NASA Partners:
Description: In conjunction with JPL, the La Canada Flintridge Library is hosting a new program, "NASAScience4Girls and Their Families." The program celebrates women in science, while instilling confidence in girls to explore the role of science in life and in their careers. JPL scientist Dr. Erika Podest will join us to present her research using Earth observing satellites to monitor the impact of climate change on our planet. This free family program is open to the community; registration is not required.

Date of Event: March 18, 25, April 8, 15, 22, 29. 7-8:30pm Hadley-Luzerne Public Library, Lake Luzerne, NY
Earth Forum Contact: Ro Millham (ro.rosemary@gmail.com)
Library partners: David Scanlan guidance counselor, Beecher Baker the principal, Anne Green HS science teacher, Cynthia LaBarge librarian at the Hadley-Luzerne Library, and John Plantier, board president for the Hadley-Luzerne Library
Type of event: Mondays science for girls
NASA Partners:
Description: NASA and the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library are teaming up to offer a mini-course to all interested high school girls. This six-week series, led by NASA scientist/EPO educator, Dr. Rosemary Millham, will be a hands on exploration of exciting topics related to the earth and the Sun. Learn about STEM related career and educational opportunities. Get connected for the future. Participating students will earn science credit (1/2 unit) toward graduation.

Date of Event: March 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Brownsville, Texas
Earth Forum Contact: Margaret Baguio (baguio@csr.utexas.edu)
Library partner and contact/info:Brownsville Southmost Library, Brenda Trevino 956-548-1055 ext. 2121
Type of event: Lecture and Activity
NASA Partners: GRACE and Carol Lutsinger, GRACE Master Teacher
Description:Mentored by a woman, participants will learn how satellites study earth from space and why that is important. Girls will be invited to participate prior to the evening sky viewing party for them and their families.

Date of Event: March 19, 2013, 2-3pm Altadena Library
Earth Forum Contact: Karen Yuen (karen.yuen@jpl.nasa.gov)
Library partner and contact info: County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Type of event: Talk, Q&A, Activity
NASA Partners:
Description: In conjunction with JPL, the La Canada Flintridge Library is hosting a new program, "NASAScience4Girls and Their Families." The program celebrates women in science, while instilling confidence in girls to explore the role of science in life and in their careers. JPL scientist Dr. Erika Podest will join us to present her research using Earth observing satellites to monitor the impact of climate change on our planet. This free family program is open to the community; registration is not required.

Date of Event: March 20th, 4:30pm, Medway Public Library
Earth Forum Contact: Rachel Gesserman (rachel_gesserman@wgbh.org)
Library: Margaret Perkins, Acting Director at the Medway Public Library
Type of event: Screening, lecture, and short activity
Description: After a screening of NOVA's "Earth From Space," Rachel Gesserman will speak about her experience as a female scientist working on a seismology project in Antarctica, and students will have the opportunity to participate in a short activity to learn more about earthquakes.

Date of Event: March 27th, 10am-3pm, Clarence Cuffee Library, in Chesapeake, VA
Earth Forum Contact: Kimberly Land (kimberly.w.land@nasa.gov)
Library: Clarence Cuffee Library, in Chesapeake, VA
Type of event: Screening, lecture, and short activity
Description: A talk/presentation to inspire home-schoolers. A Spring festival is also planned "STEM-tastic Festival", on April 6 – with a NASA exhibit and other interactives/hand-outs to share with about 200 children.

Date of Event: March 28, 2013, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EDT
Earth Forum Contact: Laura Delgado Lopez (laura_delgado@strategies.org)
Type of event: Google+ Hangout en Espanol
Description: During this event, Earth scientist Dr. Erika Podest and principal investigator and systems engineer Michela Munoz Fernandez, both of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will share their stories. They will answer participants' questions about the path they took to get to NASA, what they do, why it matters, and how to become a part of the space program.
To watch the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts and other events in Spanish, visit the NASA en Español Google+ page: http://go.nasa.gov/15nL2DX

Date of Event: March 30, 2013, 2-3pm Arcadia Library
Earth Forum Contact: Karen Yuen (karen.yuen@jpl.nasa.gov)
Library partner and contact info: County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Type of event: Talk, Q&A, Activity
NASA Partners:
Description: In conjunction with JPL, the La Canada Flintridge Library is hosting a new program, "NASAScience4Girls and Their Families." The program celebrates women in science, while instilling confidence in girls to explore the role of science in life and in their careers. JPL scientist Dr. Erika Podest will join us to present her research using Earth observing satellites to monitor the impact of climate change on our planet. This free family program is open to the community; registration is not required.

Date of Event: April 2, 2013, 2:00 PM
Earth Forum Contact: Dorian Janney dorian.w.janney@nasa.gov)
Library partner and contact/info: Damascus Library, 9701 Main St, Damascus MD 20872. Phone 240-773-9444
Description:"Climate Change and You! We Can Make A Difference!" Do hands-on activities while learning about weather and climate change. Find out about women who currently work at NASA in many capacities. Discover how NASA is learning about our planet's freshwater, and understand how students and families can be involved in this effort. For girls and boys ages 8-14. The program is FREE but space is limited; pre-registration required. Location: Damascus Library, 9701 Main St, Damascus MD 20872. Phone 240-773-9444 for more information

Date of Event: April 6, Clarence Cuffee Library, in Chesapeake, VA
Earth Forum Contact: Kimberly Land (kimberly.w.land@nasa.gov)
Library: Clarence Cuffee Library, in Chesapeake, VA
Type of event: Screening, lecture, and short activity
Description: "STEM-tastic Festival", with a NASA exhibit and other interactives/hand-outs to share with about 200 children.

Date of Event: April 18, 2013, 2-3pm Inglewood Library
Earth Forum Contact: Karen Yuen (karen.yuen@jpl.nasa.gov)
Library partner and contact info: County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Type of event: Talk, Q&A, Activity
NASA Partners:
Description: In conjunction with JPL, the La Canada Flintridge Library is hosting a new program, "NASAScience4Girls and Their Families." The program celebrates women in science, while instilling confidence in girls to explore the role of science in life and in their careers. JPL scientist Dr. Erika Podest will join us to present her research using Earth observing satellites to monitor the impact of climate change on our planet. This free family program is open to the community; registration is not required.

Date of Event: April 20, 2013, 2-3pm Pasadena Central Library
Earth Forum Contact: Karen Yuen (karen.yuen@jpl.nasa.gov)
Library partner and contact info: County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Type of event: Talk, Q&A, Activity
NASA Partners:
Description: In conjunction with JPL, the La Canada Flintridge Library is hosting a new program, "NASAScience4Girls and Their Families." The program celebrates women in science, while instilling confidence in girls to explore the role of science in life and in their careers. JPL scientist Dr. Erika Podest will join us to present her research using Earth observing satellites to monitor the impact of climate change on our planet. This free family program is open to the community; registration is not required.


Planets4Girls:

Date of Event: March 19, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Library: Altadena Public Library
City/State: Altadena, CA
NASA Partner: Sheri Asplund and Annmarie Eldering
Description: "Explore the Solar System with NASA" will celebrate the contributions of women in science with talks, videos and hands-on activities

Date of Event: March 30, 2:30-4pm
Library: Arcadia Public Library
City/State: Arcadia, CA
NASA Partner: Sheri Asplund
Description: "NASA Science4Girls" will celebrate the contributions of women in science with a talk, then showing "Space School Musical" video and doing hands-on activities. (Maybe also a feet-on activity performing the "Big Bang" finale from the musical, depending on ages and numbers of students.)

Date of Event: April 22, 7-8pm
Library: Elkridge Branch Library
City/State: Elkridge, MD
NASA Partner: Lora Bleacher and Heather Weir
Description: Participants of this NASA Science4Girls event will take an infrared tour of the Solar System via hands-on activities and discussions with NASA scientists and educators.


SunScience4Girls:

Date of Event: March 23, 2013, 10 am - noon
Library: Manoa Public Library
City/State: Honolulu, HI
NASA Partner: CA$HEd program
Description: At this Heliophysics for Girls workshop, a scientist, graduate student and teenager, all females, will share their stories and lead activities to inspire middle school girls to learn more about atomic particles coming from the sun and their detection by the AMS-02 instrument mounted on the International Space Station.

 

 

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