Meteors, Moon Phases, and Sky Maps; Oh My!

April was a good time for Astronomy programs, with the Lyrid Meteor Shower on Earth Day this year. We held two different programs in anticipation of the shower; one in the library, and one in a local county park. The program Meet a Meteor began with some meteor basics, including this "What's Up in April"

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse!

What exactly is a penumbral  lunar eclipse? We recently had the good fortune to be able to explore this in a library program. In a rare event, several circumstances aligned to allow us the opportunity to talk about eclipses, view one as it happened, and help build excitement for the upcoming solar eclipse. Even though

What If? to Oh Cool! The Scientific Method Put to Work Launching Stomp Rockets

      How can  kids use the scientific method to develop better, higher flying paper rockets, or, better yet, shock the administrators on the third floor?  It's easy! For the last several years, I've been doing stomp rocket programs at my library.  Whether it's during summer reading club or in the middle of the school

An Even Briefer History of Time – Time, Deep Time, and The Enormity of Space

--This is the full version of an article that originally appeared in the Anythink Library System Newspaper-- Have you ever noticed that the older you get; the more time seems to fly? When you were four years old, desperately waiting for your family vacation, it seemed like it would never come. And once you got

By |May 9th, 2016|Categories: astronomy, Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, Space Exloration, Spacial Thinking|0 Comments

Life on Mars: Citizen Science for Upper Elementary

One of my favorite STEM programs combines the awe factor of potentially living on Mars and the positive impact of Citizen Science. This “Life on Mars” program was presented to youth in grades 3-5 at Skokie Public Library and would work well through grade 6. Citizen Science, where the general public contributes to science research,

By |April 21st, 2016|Categories: astronomy, Elementary Aged, Informal Learning, NASA, Space Exloration, STEM|Tags: |0 Comments

Explore! Marvel Moon Free NASA Webinar

I recently received this e-mail from Christine Shupla, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute.  I hope she doesn't mind my forwarding her announcement. I've attended some of these webinars in the past, and they are fantastic, as well as a lot of fun!  I remember one where we created the phases of the moon by

A New Postage Stamp Honoring the Moon!!

I received this great news today from Andrew Shaner of The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration: On February 22, 2016, the United States Postal Service will release a new, one-ounce, international-rate stamp: The Moon Forever. The Moon is a fitting choice for a Global Forever commemorative stamp, because exploration of the Moon has always

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: astronomy, General, Moon, NASA, Space Exloration|0 Comments

New Traveling Exhibit From the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration

    One aspect of the Lunar and Planetary Institute is the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration.  The Center offers libraries a number of traveling exhibits on a variety of themes related to the moon, earth, asteroids, and other astronomical subjects.  Libraries can request exhibits on-line and they are provided on a first come,

NASA Resources For Libraries

NASA Resources for Libraries   Museum Alliance NASA's Museum Alliance provides museums and other informal education institutions with timely information about NASA events and opportunities, professional development, direct access to NASA staff, and limited numbers of materials. A free service, the Alliance is now expanding to serve libraries in order to help them weave STEM into their

By |October 12th, 2015|Categories: NASA|0 Comments

Virtually Chat With NASA Engineers & Experts

  Keliann LaConte, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, allowed me to pass this great info along to any StarNET folks who may be interested. They all sound like great opportunities to learn from and work with the experts in various fields of science and research!!   PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Virtual Chats with NASA Engineers Schedule

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