Help your community explore the wonders of NASA science, and celebrate the contribution of women to STEM!

Microobs_GirlsstudentsLibraries will have the opportunity to host events related to NASA’s scientific explorations of the universe beginning in March for Women’s History Month.

The first events for Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA kick off during Women’s History Month in March, but can be held anytime during the spring/summer.  These events are intended to be open to all family members, regardless of gender, but focus on engaging girls in science using field-tested, hands-on activities.

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Event FAQs

Absolutely! The entire family is encouraged to attend, regardless of gender, but events and resources focus on engaging girls in science using field-tested, hands-on activities. We also provide librarians with a set of best practices specifically for engaging girls.
We encourage libraries to use these resources with their Women’s History Month programming, but engaging girls in STEM can happily be done year-round!

Hidden Figures Movie

hidden-figures-movie-640x640The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Visions-familyThe NASA Astrophysics community has designed many exhibits for use in libraries and informal education venues. Below are ones we recommend for complementing your Girls STEAM Ahead events. Please click the links to find out how to apply to host the exhibits or print your own.

  1. Here, There, Everywhere exhibit
  2. AstrOlympics/AstrOlympics mini exhibit (pilot copy)
  3. Light exhibits main copy (additional copies available for permanent/semi-permanent homes: sample)
  4. From Earth to the Universe exhibit
  5. Visions of the Universe exhibit

Online Resources

Recorded Webinar

In this webinar we will introduce you to Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA, discuss how to build girl-engagement into your programming, and demonstrate hands-on coding activity that uses real astronomical observations in the ways real astronomers do. We’ll also connect you to a suite of support materials, such as exhibits, activities, and even some posters inspired by the women depicted in last year’s hit film Hidden Figures!

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Hands-on Activities

Girl-powered Activities
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Computational Thinking
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Media Template Package

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View Community Letter Template
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Women in Science Posters

Click the image for a larger view. Right-click on the “Download” link (Save link as…) to save the poster to your computer.

Exhibition Posters

Click here to view our collection of Space Science Exhibition Posters which you can save to your computer and print in a variety of sizes.

Website Links

NASA’s Universe of Learning
NASA Science Mission Directorate
Women’s History Month (Library of Congress)
Women in the high energy Universe blog series
Amazing Space
NASA Wavelength