Press Releases

Below is a list of recent press releases.

The National Science Foundation Funds Project BUILD

BOULDER, Colo.– May 3, 2017 – The Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), in partnership with the University of Virginia (UVA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), was awarded a $1.1 million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and implement a 3-year program, called Project BUILD (Building Using an Interactive Learning Design). The Project Director is Dr. Paul Dusenbery, Director of NCIL. Co-PI Keliann LaConte (Professional Development Manager, NCIL) and Co-PI Jeannine Finton (Sr. Manager of Pre-College Outreach, ASCE) will help lead the program. Evaluation will be conducted by Education Development Center (EDC) and research will be led by Co-PI Robert Tai (UVA).

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75 public libraries selected as NASA@ My Library Partners

May 1, 2017 – Seventy-five U.S. public libraries have been selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education. Forty-nine states are represented.

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Public libraries invited to apply for the NASA@ My Library STEM initiative

February 1, 2017 – Public libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Provides Public Libraries 1.26 Million Solar Viewing Glasses for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

BOULDER, Colo.–December 16, 2016– The Space Science Institute (SSI) was awarded a grant from the Moore Foundation that will provide 1.26 million solar viewing glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation. They will serve as centers for eclipse education and viewing for their communities. The libraries will be selected through a registration process managed by the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library project. The project team includes staff at SSI’s National Center for Interactive Learning. The Project Director is Dr. Paul Dusenbery (Director of NCIL). Andrew Fraknoi (Chair of the Astronomy Department, Foothill College), Dennis Schatz (Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center), and Douglas Duncan (Director of the University of Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium) are co-directors.

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Illinois public library to connect kids with NASA astronaut in space; libraries invited to tune in

Elgin, Illinois–June 16, 2016–Kids at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois, will have the opportunity to speak live with an astronaut at the International Space Station on Thursday, June 30, thanks to a NASA educational program…

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‘Discover Space’ Exhibition Announced

THORNTON, Colo.–Jan. 25, 2016–Anythink announces that Friday, Jan. 29-Monday, March 14, Anythink Huron Street will host Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey, an interactive exhibition produced by the Space Science Institute. Discover Space is an opportunity for community members of all ages to explore the cosmos from space storms to asteroids and the universe beyond. On Friday, Feb. 5, Anythink Huron Street will celebrate this unique exhibition with an opening reception from 5-7 pm, free and open to the public…

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Public Libraries & STEM Conference to Take Place August 20-22

BOULDER, Colo.–August 12, 2015– Libraries across the country have been reimagining their community role and leveraging their resources and public trust to strengthen community-based learning and foster critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the first-ever Public Libraries & STEM conference…

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STEM Learning in Libraries Summit to Take Place on Oct. 30

BOULDER and THORNTON, Colo.–November 12, 2014–The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), Colorado State Library, Informal Learning Experiences (ILE) and Anythink are teaming up to host the first STEM Learning in Colorado Libraries Summit. The summit, which takes place at Anythink Wright Farms on Oct. 30 from 10 am-1 pm, is an excellent opportunity to bring representatives from Colorado public libraries and STEM organizations together to celebrate the high-quality STEM programming…

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National Center for Interactive Learning Receives $1.25 million in Funding for Discover Health/Descubre la Salud

Boulder, CO – July 18, 2014 – The Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), in collaboration with the University of Colorado’s Area Health Education Centers (Colorado AHECs), announced today that it has received a 5-year $1.25 million grant for Discover Health/Descubre la Salud. This project is funded by a grant from the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Discover Health addresses…

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National Center for Interactive Learning Launches Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference

Louisville, Colorado – August 30, 2012 – Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, an exciting new traveling exhibition opening at the Louisville Public Library on July 26, 2012, shows how engineering provides solutions to better meet human needs and explores how engineers create new technologies to solve problems. The exhibit features hands-on and multimedia components that allow exhibit visitors to interact with exhibit content in a dynamic way…

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