There will be a viewing of the planet Mercury as it crosses the face of the sun on Monday, May 9 from 10 am to noon in the parking lot of the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in Houston. Join us and safely view the sun with a telescope provided by the LPI. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. (Viewing will not take place if skies are cloudy.)
Our education team shared Explore! child and tween activities with librarians attending the 2016 Texas Library Association (TLA) conference in Houston this week, showing them how libraries can incorporate planetary science into their youth programs. A highlight of the booth was the StarLab portable planetarium. Find out more about our education programs online.
Did you know that the LPI has traveling exhibits? Designed for libraries, these banners 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 about current exhibits, loan guidelines, and how to request an exhibit online.
The Reach for the Stars! STEM Festival for Girls (formerly called Sally Ride Science Festival) will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 11 am to 3:45 pm at the Engineering Quad on the campus of Rice University. There will be a discovery fair and workshops, plus an opportunity to hear and interact with astronaut Wendy Lawrence. Preregistration is required.
There will be a free webinar on Tuesday, April 5, on Explore! Marvel Moon that will include fun hands-on activities, a discussion about the Moon presented by lunar scientist Dr. Michelle Kirchoff, and “door prize” drawings for participants. Times and registration information will be announced soon. Mark your calendar.
Education and Public Engagement at the Lunar and Planetary Institute webpages have a new look. Check them out.
Twenty-five years after the discovery of the Chicxulub crater was announced at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, one of the principals of that work, LPI’s David Kring, is releasing five dozen illustrations that faculty and students can use for educational purposes. The images can also be found in LPI’s Classroom Illustrations Library.
The LiftOff 2016 professional development workshop, Exploration: Past, Present, and Future, will be held June 26 – July 1 in Houston, Texas. The program features presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, tours of the Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston, hands-on classroom activities, and more. Each participant must be currently employed as a 4th – 12th grade classroom educator and have a minimum of one year of teaching experience. The application deadline is April 15. Get all the details online.
Just what does it take to design a mission to explore our solar system? Find out at The Impact of Discover STEAM workshop. Hear real stories from NASA engineers and scientists. Investigate activities that shed light on the latest in NASA planetary science exploration. You’ll leave inspired, informed and eager to learn more. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 9, in four locations. Register by March 18.
Check out the European Space Agency’s ESA Kids website. This interactive online resource has activities, videos, games, news, and more.