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Science Programming at Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library

Date: 09/12/2014
Category: Community Spotlight
By: Andy Shaner

Lisa Scroggins with the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings, TX attended the Explore Mars training and launch of the MAVEN mission to Mars in November 2013. Lisa recently wrote to LPI describing her science programming since attending the Mars workshop and MAVEN launch.

As Maven makes its approach and prepares to orbit Mars, I wanted let you know how I have shared my NASA/LPI/MAVEN experience with my community.

September 9, 2014
Prior to my trip to Florida in November, and again following my return, I did programming with student groups from 1st – 3rd grades, as well as one mixed junior high group. This programming was specific information about Maven, and its trip to the Mars atmosphere. I also put several articles in our local newspaper. The theme for my summer reading program was science and space science.

My most recent space science programming included having a guest speaker come to our library. I reached out to Dr. Gary Kitmacher of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and this past weekend he visited us here in Rocksprings. (Which is amazing, because we are quite remote!!) He did three assemblies at school last Friday, where he addressed our entire student body, from PreK – 12th grades. (That’s about 275 students.) On Saturday, the library hosted an International Observe the Moon Night, along with a free bat tour at our local “bat cave.” We had 153 attendees at the event! The event attracted visitors from San Antonio, Kerrville, Uvalde, Leakey, and even as far away as Beeville! (Outside a Friday night football game, this is by far the largest crowd our town has seen at a public event in years. Needless to say, it was a GREAT success.)  

Thank you and LPI for choosing me for your program. It not only had a huge impact on me and my family, but on my community as well.

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