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NASA Science4Girls for Librarians and Their Partners: Events happening in 2015

Updated on February 24, 2016 - 8:01 AM CST
Posted on March 2, 2015 - 3:29 PM CST

Tags: Families | General Public | Informal | SMD E/PO Community | Underserved / Underrepresented | Cross-Forum / Collaborative Project

Join us at a library near you for one of our engaging NASAScience4Girls and Their Families events this Spring!


NASAScience4Girls and Their Families is a multi-faceted effort, reflecting the role of the SMD Forums in increasing: the efficiency and effectiveness of the SMD E/PO program, the partnerships between NASA science education programs and libraries, and the educational events held in conjunction with Women’s History Month.  March 2015 is the fourth year of the collaborative effort of the SMD EPO community to engage girls in STEM during Women’s History Month.
NASAScience4Girls and Their Families, between FY12 and FY14 reached over 50 libraries in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Multi-year participation has allowed for sustained partnerships between science educators and libraries, improved remote-engagement efforts, and enhanced professional development programs. Events in 2015 have already begun! Check out the list of locations and dates below!
Below is a list of NASA Science4Girls and Their Families events hosted by SMD E/PO community members during March 2015. Please contact Bonnie Meinke for any further details.
1.     Dorian Janney (GSFC) Jan 20, 2015 at the Damascus Community Public Library (MD) for children ages 3 to 6 and over 7.
2.     Kristen Weaver (GPM mission) will host girl-centered events about the GPM mission and professional development in STEM programming for librarians at libraries throughout Maryland in March 2015. Libraries include: Wheaton Library, Aspen Hill Library (Rockville, MD), and Howard County Library Central Branch (Columbia, MD).
3.     The Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is  hosting a professional development workshop about Mars, featuring the Imagine Mars project and scientists from the Curiosity rover team, for 30 librarians from DC and Maryland on March 31st. The librarians will incorporate information and resources from the training into their ongoing programming with children and youth in their communities.
4.     Sara Mitchell and Sarah Eyermann (GSFC) provide remote online training to library staff, activity and exhibit materials, and personal support for events the library hosts during Women’s History Month. Cerritos Public Library in Cerritos, CA.
5.     Karen Knierman (Arizona State University) will host Science4Girls events at the Mesa Public Library, Red Mountain Branch in March 2015.
6.     Holly Ryer (STScI) will continue to work with local library partner the Eldersburg Branch of the Howard County Library System. The March event is designed for middle school girls and will include Light and Color activities, plus introduction to HST and JWST telescopes, all while using best practices for engaging girls in STEM.
7.     GirlTech day at the Univ. of RI on March 19 with 625 high school girls.  Kim Arcand of the Chandra E/PO team will be volunteering, providing handouts on our Pencil Code/coloring the Universe activity using NASA data and actual coding as well as women in science materials for all the girls/teachers.
8.     March 26, Kim Arcand (Chandra E/PO team) be giving a presentation on "How to Color the Universe" followed by a hands-on workshop using Pencil Code/the coloring the Universe activity using NASA data and actual coding and providing handouts on women in science with a GirlsWhoCode program group in Providence, RI at Brown University with about 18 middle school girls (with no previous coding experience).  
9.     The Chandra-developed exhibit “Here, There, Everywhere” will be on display for the month of March at the Donald W. Reynolds Library (AR).  The exhibit, meant for families, will also serve as a backdrop for a talk by Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Program Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA Headquarters, on March 21. Additionally, they will be handing out our women in science materials.
10.  XXM-Newton Educator Ambassador Neta Apple will partner with her local school district and library to host a community-wide astronomy event in rural Butler, MO in March 2015.
11.  Educator Ambassador Teena Della will host girl-engaging events about rocketry at the Cottage Grove Public Library (OR) during March.