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E/PO programs have often worked in partnership with other organizations. We will provide information and links to potential non-SMD organizations to consider for future partnerships.

 During Women’s History Month 2012, the NASA science education and public outreach Astrophysics forum collaborated with the American Library Association to launch the Astro4Girls initiative.  The mission of Astro4Girls is to partner NASA science educators with libraries to engage girls and their families in astronomy.  Nine libraries from across the United States hosted Astro4Girls events in 2012. Astro4Girls in 2012

  In 2013, the initiative, now called NASA Science4Girls and Their...

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...

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...

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.


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...


Explore these NASA educational activities and citizen science opportunities that libraries may be interested in incorporating into programming in 2013 and beyond.

Exhibits and Displays

Hands-on Activities and Training

Remote Speaker Engagments

Community members, please contribute your ideas and opportuntities here

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

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to...

Interested in hosting your own NASA Science4Girls and Their Families event at your library? Programming resources and opportunities are available for Spring 2014 and beyond.


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

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email

1.      NASA WAVELENGTH provides a pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators
of all levels—from elementary to college to out-of-school programs. NASA Wavelength allows you to quickly and easily locate resources that have been developed through funding by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

For more information, visit:

2.      NASA SMD Informal Education Resource Samplers will introduce you to NASA’s collection...

While developing science programming for your library, consider collaborating with one of these partners for their expertise and experience.

National Girls Collaborative Project
Read statistics, find an event, get involved

Night Sky Network
Find activities and local resources

Astronomical League
Find an amateur astronomer in your community


Excited to host your own event...

Looking for a speaker for a library event? Check out these Speakers Bureaus:

1. NASA: Find scientists from your regional NASA center.

2. JPL Solar System Ambassadors: A public outreach program in which volunteers communicate the excitement of JPL's space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities.


Excited to host your own event or...

Complement your NASA Science4Girls event with the programming resources available below. Incorporate them into the event or make them available throughout Women's History Month for the community to explore.

Career Profiles: Profiles of women in various scientific careers.  Multiple resources target different audiences and include books, video, and prepared presentations

Activity Compilations: Sets of Earth and Space science-related activities to include in your event(s)


Explore the resources listed below to develop a successful NASA Science4Girls event at your library.


Programming Resources:  includes resources to include in your event and supplemental science programming

Best Practices: Best practices for engaging girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Potential Partners: Learn about local and national organizations that share common goals and make great collaborators


Excited to host your own event or connect...

Use these periodicals, books, and multimedia resources to support science programming in your library.

Reference compendia for NASAScience4Girls:

Collection of astronomy books and webpages for librarians compiled by the American Library Association. (scroll down to "Resources”) great science programming resources specifically for libraries! specifically for engaging underserved populations in computer...

Help your audiences explore scientific career opportunities with these profiles of women scientists and career paths. These websites are organized according to NASA Science areas. Of course, careers are not as clearly defined as Astrophysics, Earth Science, Sun Science, and Planetary Science; thus, the last category (“General”) contains resources profiling scientists with interdisciplinary interests and backgrounds.


Profiles of women astronomers

Resources on...

Attached here are one-page (double sided) guides to resources that will help you get a quick start on girl-friendly science programming at your library. We have one in every flavor: Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science.

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NASA and the Energy Department are teaming up on Wednesday, March 5, 2014  at 1pm EST to host a Google+ Hangout, showcasing women in STEM at NASA and Energy that are changing the world and addressing the serious shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields in the United States, and showcasing strong role models for students of all genders.

Dr. Katie Gallagher, from NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist will moderate a conversation for students, teachers, parents, and STEM...

Create an engaging and successful event for girls in your community by incorporating some of the best practices from the sources listed below.

SciGirls 7: The SciGirls approach - for the TV show, website, and educational materials - is rooted in research about how to engage girls in STEM. A quarter of a century of studies have converged on a set of common strategies that work, and these have become SciGirls' foundation.

SciGirls Seven recommends seven best practices (listed here)....

One-page Resource Guides: One for each science topic to help you easily find some top resources!

The AAUW's Online Resources for Women and Girls lists STEM programs for girls, activities, education research, and even more resources. It’s a one stop shop for relevant information.


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

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email 

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...

In September 2015, Tina Shah, the Senior Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs' STEM initiatives and Educational Foundations ( spoke during the Planetary Community's monthly tag-up.  She shared a variety of great information about the Boys &Girls clubs; they are eager to work with the NASA science education community:

  • Over 4200 clubs around the world; now in 400 military installations in other countries
  • Their goal is to partner with the local clubs; opportunity and...

Can you explain the Sun? What does the Sun DO?  Why is it important? These are the questions that the NPR show Science Friday would like you to answer about our star in the second month of their new Science Friday Science Club. The Club's purpose is to involve audiences for a month in engaging with a topic discussed on the show. Experts from both the arts and sciences are asked to contribute their perspectives on the theme, and audiences are given opportunities to share their explanations or...

Welcome to the Cross-Forum Diversity Professional Development

Connect with Experienced and Interested Partners Page for LGBTQ audiences.

Diversity PD > LGBTQ homepage > Connect with Partners


The professionals listed below have experience and demonstrated success working with LGBTQ audiences. They are available for guidance, consultation, and partnerships.


SMD E/PO Affiliates:

Name: Carolyn Brinkworth

Program/Projects: IPAC/Caltech

What I can offer the SMD...

In February 2015, Steve Glendenning (  presented at the Planetary EPO Community's monthly community call to share out information regarding the NASA 3D Resources portal:

  • This is a one-stop-shop for NASA content; people can add to and take from the gallery for content.
  • The project started with 3D Models (lighwave, Maya, etc) for game and animation developers, but given the 3D printing arena that is building models layer by...

Lynne Murdock (  joined us during the June 2014 Planetary Science E/PO Community tag-up. Lynne is a field ranger who works with the Natural Resource Division and the Night Sky program; she’s worked with amateur astronomers at a variety of national parks, sharing information on light pollution and light planning. Lynne also works with the Smithsonian,and with Anita Davis—Earth to Sky.

NPS has some resources that the E/PO community may wish to use, such as the Night...

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Welcome to the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries.
You will find everything you need to develop and host your own NASA Science4Girls event. Please review the listing of options below to find the resources more relevant to your stage of development.

Here's a list of events happening this year:

Libraries will have the opportunity to host events related to NASA’s scientific explorations of our home planet Earth, our Sun, our solar system, and the...