Category Archives: Education

Sky Fest Event May 21

SkyFest - May2016

The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, presents Sky Fest on Saturday, May 21, from 8 – 10 pm at the LPI. This free event is open to explorers of all ages and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing Jupiter and other night sky objects through telescopes (weather permitting). Make plans to join us.

Viewing of Mercury Transit on May 9


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.)

LPI Education Team at Texas Library Association Conference


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.

LPI Traveling Exhibits for Libraries



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.

Reach for the Stars! STEM Festival for Girls on April 9


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.

LiftOff 2016 Professional Development Educator Workshop


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.