A recent American Geophysical Union Plainspoken Scientist blog entry discusses the power of art in science education.
The United States Geological Survey has an education handout listing links to 3-D paper models and accompanying educator guides to help teach geologic concepts.
Celebrate Earth Day with NASA science data. NASA invites you to virtually adopt a piece of Earth as seen from space. Just type your name and you will get a randomly assigned location somewhere on Earth to explore. Adopt the Planet!
Make plans to join the LPI in a celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, at Exploration Green, a 200-acre green space in the heart of Clear Lake City that serves as an environmental refuge dedicated to conservation, recreation and flood control. This free community event will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy kids’ activities and games, guided tours, and six miles of walking and bike trails.
Space Center Houston will host its first Sensory Friendly Evening designed specifically for children with sensory sensitivities and their families 5:30 – 9 pm on Thursday, April 20. Individuals diagnosed with conditions such as, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder are invited to explore in a reduced sensory environment with modified lightning, music and sound effects. A limited number of tickets are available for this private event to allow visitors to enjoy Space Center Houston without crowds. Find out more and purchase tickets online.
Explore the Earth and space with NASA Space Place. It’s a great place for students, parents, and educators to find games, crafts, activities, Fact of the Day, and more.
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22. The Earth Day Network has developed free educational toolkits to support a variety of events.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Earth Science on Mars,” a workshop for middle school science teachers, on June 21–23 at the LPI in Houston. This two-day professional development training will focus on Mars science and exploration, with an extra day for visiting NASA. Workshop registration is free. Apply now!
Students, educators, program leaders, amateur astronomers, and families are invited to the first Planetary Science Palooza at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference! Meet planetary scientists, learn how and why we are studying the solar system, and explore hands-on activities. Join us on Sunday, March 19 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm in the Waterway 7 and 8 rooms at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas. Registration is recommended and free.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, in partnership with Levy Park and the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, will be helping Houstonians experience the solar eclipse over Houston on August 21. On that day, the Moon will pass directly between the Earth and sun, casting the Moon’s shadow on the continental U.S. from coast to coast for more than 90 minutes. This is the first total solar eclipse visible over the US since 1981 and the first since 1918 to be seen coast to coast. Mark your calendar and join scientists and educators from the LPI at Levy Park and at Freeman Library to witness this historic event. At both locations, safe solar viewing glasses will be available.