Monthly Archives: February 2016

Join the NASA Museum Alliance, it’s for Libraries Too!!


Guest Post by Amelia Chapman, NASA Museum Alliance “Museum" might be in our name, but we welcome all informal education institutions –  and we’ve been making a recent push to let libraries know that includes them. Below is a more formal invitation to pass along. Thanks! - Amelia Dear Library Professionals,   Since 2002, NASA's Museum Alliance has provided museums and other informal education institutions with professional development and special access to NASA staff and materials, free of charge. The Alliance is now expanding to serve libraries in order to help them weave science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into their existing programs [...]

Join the NASA Museum Alliance, it’s for Libraries Too!!2016-02-28T13:54:28-07:00

Become a Reviewer for the NASA Science Mission Directorate!


The following invitation was passed on to our STAR_Net Libraries by the NASA Science Mission Directorate, please review it carefully to see if you, or someone you know, may be interested! -Anne You are invited to join the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Independent Product Review conducted by The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). As frequently as once a quarter, you may be invited to review NASA Earth and space science themed science education products based on your education and/or research experience.  You will be offered a modest honorarium that reflects the work load for your panel (unless you are [...]

Become a Reviewer for the NASA Science Mission Directorate!2016-02-28T13:30:34-07:00

Next Generation Science Standards Webinar


*Please note, do not share this with members outside the STAR_Net group, thank you!, please note the guest login for those not members of the Museum Alliance* Museum Alliance Professional Development Conversation Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Time: 12 noon Pacific (3:00 pm Eastern) Leader:  Amelia Chapman Topic: Next Generation Science Standards: Don’t Be Scared! Overview: Including engineering practices in science teaching is uncharted territory for many. However, daily operations at JPL integrate science and engineering practices as habits of mind that enable cutting-edge solar system exploration. In this talk, learn the basics of the Next Generation Science Standards science and engineering practices, [...]

Next Generation Science Standards Webinar2016-02-28T11:05:59-07:00

Want to Be a Stellar Artist? Send Your Creative Arts Into Space


I received this opportunity from Andrew Shaner of The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration: (This could be a great opportunity for a arts and science program for pre-schoolers, school-aged kids, and/or families.)   February 19, 2016 RELEASE 16-019 NASA Invites Public to Send Artwork to an Asteroid NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a journey aboard NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in September [...]

Want to Be a Stellar Artist? Send Your Creative Arts Into Space2016-02-19T19:20:21-07:00

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 been an international endeavor.  Even though the Apollo program was led by the United States, analyses of its valuable lunar samples involved scientists from around the world from the first day they were returned to Houston. The spirit of that international endeavor has continued over the [...]

A New Postage Stamp Honoring the Moon!!2016-02-19T18:44:52-07:00

Tangrams – Stories, Shapes and Spatial Thinking


      Tangrams are possibly among the easiest of puzzles to make, and the among hardest to master.  The traditional tangram is composed of seven pieces - 2 large triangles, a medium sized triangle, 2 small triangles, a square, and a parallelogram - that will fit together into a perfect square, among thousands of other shapes.  The pieces themselves are called tans, while the images created with them are called tangrams.  The challenge of the puzzle is to create various shapes by arranging the pieces so that they touch, but do not overlap.  Patterns can vary from very easy to form [...]

Tangrams – Stories, Shapes and Spatial Thinking2016-02-19T16:03:11-07:00
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