This Web site provides hands-on activities and supporting resources such as presentations, recommended books, and Internet resources for librarians and other public program facilitators. We invite you to use these products to engage children and tweens in the wonders of lunar exploration; the planets Earth, Jupiter, and Mars; rockets; staying healthy in space; and more! The materials are free for educational use and designed specifically for the library setting and informal educational venues:
We recommend that you examine the Explore Web site and select the topics that will interest your patrons. Try one topic at a time. Realize that each topic has background information for you and additional resources that you can share with your patrons. Consider having some of the books and videos on display for your patrons to check out after the event. In addition to the main activities and demonstrations, there are extensions that allow younger and older children to investigate the topic.
Consider getting in touch with local planetariums, museums, scientists, and NASA's Solar System Ambassadors ask them to join your events and share their experiences or resources with the children. Remember that your Explore Network colleagues conducting Explore events and the Lunar and Planetary Institute Explore team are always willing to share ideas!
The Lunar and Planetary Institute's Explore program is designed to engage children in Earth and space science in libraries and other out-of-classroom environments. Library staff across the country are using the activities to bring new audiences into the library. Since its inception over a decade ago, the Explore program has grown to support a community of more than nearly 800 individuals in 35 states - all trained to bring Earth and space science to their children's and youth programs. The program began through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, and NASA continues to nurture the breadth and depth of Explore materials, resources, and trainings.