Librarians, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two free professional development webinars on “Playful Building” activities — Simple Machines and Design Challenges. Register online.
Christine Shupla, Education Lead at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, recently contributed “Sharing Sky Stories – Sun, Moon, and Stars” to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) blog. She discusses storytelling resources and ideas focusing on stories of the sun, moon, and stars from around the world.
There are a number of education and engagement events taking place at this year’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Participate in the education and engagement poster sessions, be a mentor or presenter for student and educator workshops, and attend special education sessions, including the first ever LPSC Planetary Science Palooza!
Join us for the next SkyFest event, “Observing the Night Sky,” on Saturday, February 25. Explore telescope basics, build a simple telescope to take home, learn about the next big space telescope, and enjoy night sky viewing (weather permitting). Skyfest will take place 7:00 – 9:00 pm, all ages are welcome, and it’s free!
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents The Educator Event at the museum on Saturday, January 21 from 8 am to 1 pm. This conference-style event gives educators a unique chance to learn about the educational opportunities provided by museums, educational nonprofits, and local organizations in and around Houston. Attendees will earn three hours of CPE credit by attending a variety of exciting hands-on workshops. Registration is free for all educators. Sign up today.
Check out the LPI infographic “Future Explorer’s Guide to the Moon.” It provides a snapshot of some of what we know about the Moon.
The Universe in the Classroom is an electronic educational newsletter for teachers and other educators around the world who want to help students of all ages learn more about the wonders of the universe. The Fall 2016 issue is available online now. The feature article is “Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse! An NGSS Storyline Approach to Classroom Instruction.”
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.