Did you know that we have traveling exhibits for libraries to borrow? The exhibits are banners that use colorful images and text to share current lunar and asteroid science and exploration stories. The displays can be used to excite and engage patrons in further exploration through library resources and programs. Find out online about the current exhibits that are available, loan guidelines, and how to request an exhibit.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, presents SkyFest on Saturday, October 8, from 7 – 9 pm at the LPI. It’s International Observe the Moon Night! This free event is open to explorers of all ages and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing through telescopes (weather permitting). Join us!
The Barringer Meteorite Crater curriculum is an inquiry-based 10-day unit that takes students from observers to experimenters to educated participants in the investigation of the scientific processes of impact cratering. You can find descriptions of individual lessons online as well as links to the lesson plans, teacher keys, and student handouts.
Want some fun facts and interesting snippets of science? Take a look at the United States Geological Survey’s Science Snippets. Build your geology vocabulary, test your knowledge with science quizzes, and more.
On August 21, 2017, we will be treated to the first total eclipse of the sun visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. Teachers of students in grades 4-12 are invited to take part in “The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017: Are You and Your Students Ready for the Sky Event of the Decade?,” a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) virtual conference. Find out more about this professional learning opportunity online.
Are you a science educator or interested in science education? The NASA Education “Science WOW!” blog is just for you. This weekly blog features NASA’s latest science education offerings — posted “Weekly on Wednesdays.” The first “Science WOW!” blog entry is scheduled to be posted this Wednesday, August 10.
Here’s a new infographic from the LPI, Future Explorer’s Guide to the Moon.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, presents SkyFest on August 6 from 1 – 3 pm at the LPI. The topic is the Juno mission to Jupiter. This free event is open to explorers of all ages and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing through telescopes (weather permitting).
Journey through the alphabet and learn about asteroids, Earth’s rocky neighbors, with the Asteroid Alphabet. This educational resource includes downloadable and printable cards that showcase an asteroid in our solar system for each letter of the alphabet.
Attention camp professionals and park educators/interpreters! Apply now for the Exploring Solar System Beginnings: The OSIRIS-REx Launch Professional Development Experience for Camp Professionals and Park Educators/Interpreters. Join educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a two-day professional development training that will provide you with hands-on activities and other resources to help you bring NASA’s solar system science and exploration into your programs. The training will be followed by a day of activities at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, culminating in a viewing of the OSIRIS-REx launch! Training will be September 6 – 7 and launch activities are scheduled for September 8. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 22 at 5:00 pm CDT.