Professional Development, Conferences and Resources


(The author standing in the flame-trench of Pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center. Directly behind me is the flame-deflector which diverts the exhaust from the SLS rocket's  four RS-25 engines and two solid-rocket boosters, equally to each side of the deflector. In the foreground on the left side of the image, stacked on the ground, are the steel panels that have been removed from the flame-deflector. These were damaged by the greater than anticipated energy from the November 2022 launch of Artemis 1. These will all be replaced with new and stronger panels before the launch of Artemis II, currently scheduled for the end [...]

Professional Development, Conferences and Resources2023-06-29T22:37:35-06:00

JWST Anniversary Activities


(The primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope after being assembled at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Photo credit: NASA/Chris Gunn) An amazing space telescope, that is rewriting astronomy books, has a big anniversary coming up! July 12, 2023 will be the 1-year anniversary of the first images release from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). There are many ways for libraries to participate, and there will be another special image release on July 12 to commemorate the anniversary. To find out information about hosting your own event in partnership with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) [...]

JWST Anniversary Activities2023-06-19T19:27:57-06:00

Bringing Space To Your Space


(Patrons attending a NASA James Webb Space Telescope Community event in Hudson, WI. Photo by Christopher Mick)   It all started in 2014, with an idea to put together a STEM presentation for a local school that my son was attending at the time. The thinking was I would combine several interesting  STEM experiences I had had as a kid growing up in Northern California. I had been lucky enough to attend the United States Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama ( during back to back Summers in the mid-eighties. My father was a retired pilot and gave me occasional flying lessons when [...]

Bringing Space To Your Space2023-05-31T15:12:23-06:00

The Launch of Artemis 1 for a New Generation


(image credit: Christopher Mick) By Christopher Mick There are are over 75 reporters crammed into the "bullpen" at the NASA Media Center on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center. This is the area where the press can plug in laptops, work on their stories and ask NASA Public Affairs Officers any technical questions they may have, and there are reporters here from all over the world. I overhear excited exchanges in German, Italian and Spanish as I walk to get a better view of one of the closed circuit monitors showing the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on pad 39-B [...]

The Launch of Artemis 1 for a New Generation2023-05-04T10:20:40-06:00

Fostering Belonging in Neurodiverse Teams


By Jessica Santascoy  Library staff are committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in their communities (Fournier and Ostman). It’s often the case that people find a welcoming and safe environment at a library – a sense of belonging.  Understanding neurodiversity helps increase inclusion. “Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in different ways; there is no one "right" way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits (Baumer and Freuh).” In the image below, What is Neurodiversity?, there are some examples of neurodivergence, including some that may surprise [...]

Fostering Belonging in Neurodiverse Teams2022-09-15T12:07:45-06:00

American Library Association Annual Conference – STAR Net Activities


By Jessica Santascoy  The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference was a lot of fun, and we were thrilled to see many of you in person.   We hope you got a lot out of the workshops, one-on-one conversations, and public presentations.  We’ve summarized our participation and have rounded up the activities and resources we shared.   NASA and SEAL Booths   We hosted two booths that were wildly popular.   SEAL – Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries  We are helping libraries prep for two beautiful eclipses that are coming up.   Annular Eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023  Total Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024  [...]

American Library Association Annual Conference – STAR Net Activities2022-07-08T15:55:35-06:00

STEAM Strategy Videos


By Christine Shupla, The Lunar and Planetary Institute  NASA@ My Library has produced a series of short professional development videos as a resource to library staff conducting Earth and space science programs. Each video is 4 to 10 minutes, featuring suggestions and recommendations from library staff experienced in conducting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) programs. Most are accompanied by a website or document with additional resources.  NASA@ My Library STEAM Strategies videos include:  Addressing Earth Science Confusions  Libraries may need to prepare to address fundamental concepts while conducting Earth science STEAM activities. Learn some strategies for demonstrating and sharing [...]

STEAM Strategy Videos2022-06-14T14:54:26-06:00

Look Up! Featured Activity – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope


Credit: NASA This content was written by Dillon Connelly from the Space Science Institute  Celebrate the first images of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with this featured activity: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope  In this activity, you and your patrons will assemble a paper model of the James Webb Space Telescope. The model allows you to assemble the JWST from its three main elements. Facilitate as an in-person program at your library or a Take & Make activity.  Time to complete: 15-30 minutes  Ages: Upper Elementary, Middle, High School, Family  Modification and Preparation List   Total Cost: cost of printing and assembly [...]

Look Up! Featured Activity – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope2022-05-20T10:39:50-06:00

Look Up! Featured Activity – Filtered Light 


Credit: NISENET This content was written by Christine Shupla from the Lunar and Planetary Institute   Celebrate the first images of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with this featured activity: Exploring the Universe: Filtered Light.   Filters allow us to block some types of light and isolate others; separating out these different colors or energy levels of light can give us new information. In "Filtered Light," participants discover how colored filters can help reveal more about an image. They can also make and study colorful images of their own.   Facilitate as an in-person program at your library, a Take & Make activity, [...]

Look Up! Featured Activity – Filtered Light 2022-05-27T16:04:25-06:00

Look Up! Featured Activity – Improv with the Stars


Credit: Pioneer Library System Flickr This content was written by Christine Shupla from the Lunar and Planetary Institute  Celebrate the first images of NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope with this featured activity: Improv with the Stars  After learning about four stellar classifications and the characteristics of stars, groups of patrons act out an improvisation of the “personality” of the four stars while the audience gets to guess which star type is which.   Facilitate as an in-person program at your library inside or outside. Consider pairing this with the Life Cycle of a Massive Star activity.  Time to complete: one [...]

Look Up! Featured Activity – Improv with the Stars2022-05-27T16:07:40-06:00
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