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 existing programs and themes, as presented by Anita Sohus at the recent “Public Libraries and STEM” conference.

 

NASA’s Museum Alliance is a community of practice. Alliance members communicate regularly through list servs and professional development teleconferences, which provide opportunities to speak directly with NASA experts and to ask questions about NASA processes, mission events, etc. When NASA has breaking news to share, telecons allow you to talk directly with mission personnel and to get the information you need in order to share current NASA events with your audiences. The teleconferences are recorded; transcriptions and audio files are archived on the member website along with the presentation materials. We encourage you to use the presentation materials in your own work.

 

Especially for libraries, the Alliance will provide online packages of information, materials, activities, and downloadables targeted to annual library themes such as Summer Reading and Teen Tech Week, as well as special NASA mission events. With 2015 marking fifty years since Mariner 4 sent the first photos of Mars, and the film version of the bestselling book The Martian hitting the big screen, public awareness of the red planet is particularly high.  The initial online package of resources is a collection of top Mars resources, designed to help first-timers familiarize themselves with the Museum Alliance pages.

 

To join the Museum Alliance, visit https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/About. Contact Amelia Chapman with any questions.

 

 

 

Funding Opportunities

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, and other eligible non-profit institutions via the 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+), Announcement Number NNH15ZHA001N.  Proposals are due December 7, 2015.  A pre-proposal telecon will be held October 1, 2015.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMPVC+ is a competitive, high-quality, national program with the goal of furthering NASA Strategic Objective 2.4: “Advance the Nation’s STEM education and workforce pipeline by working collaboratively with other agencies to engage students, teachers, and faculty in NASA’s missions and unique assets.”

The full announcement can be found at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6105DEEC-925A-A216-322B-8E3B34FA2B07}&path=init

 

The awardees, projects, and products of past years can be seen at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/CP4SMP