A National Earth and Space Science Initiative That Connects NASA, Public Libraries and Their Communities
NASA Science Mission Directorate education objectives support the Nation’s education efforts to improve science literacy and to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. One institution that can accomplish both of these outcomes, for people of all ages and in every region of the country, is our public library system – the central focus of the NASA@ My Library project.
Through the NASA@ My Library project, NASA and the public library community will work together to enhance STEM literacy of library patrons, with a focus on underserved and underrepresented populations, throughout the nation.
NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) as part of its STEM Activation program.
Public libraries are invited to work with NASA@ My Library project organizations, NASA, and state library agencies to increase and enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning opportunities for millions of library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations that are currently underserved in STEM education.
The NASA@ My Library project will increase and sustain the availability of NASA science-focused learning experiences for underserved audiences through:
- high-visibility NASA, Earth, celestial, and library events
- professional development
- resource and experience development
The project will impact many stakeholders (see diagram below): pilot libraries, partner libraries, state library agencies, conference attendees, STAR_Net online community members, and social media followers.