NLSI: Planetarium Programs Explaining Lunar Science

Overview
Program Element / Activity Title:
NLSI: Planetarium Programs Explaining Lunar Science
E/PO Project Name:
NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI)
Contact Information:
Mail Stop 17-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035
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Short Description:

Create children's planetarium program which will explain basic science about the moon. "Max Goes to the Moon" planetarium show for 1st-5th grade students completed.  Video of NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew reading "Max" from the International Space Station starts the program.  Extensive formative evaluation with scientists and elementary children led to about 30% of the program being revised and improved.  Test audiences now really like it, and it contains more science than most commercial planetarium shows.  Live premier with astronaut Drew in Boulder planned for spring 2012.  Showing at NASA Ames also being planned for spring 2012. Distribution begins after premier. Program will also be translated into Spanish, thanks to a grant supplement from NASA Ames.

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Evaluation
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM