Category Archives: Education

Host a Space, Earth Science or Technology Exhibit at Your Public Library


The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions. The interactive exhibitions are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages. Each exhibition will travel to eight sites in 2016 and 2017. Application deadline is April 7, 2015.

Mars Trekker Global Teen Summit

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Space Center Houston announces the Mars Trekker Global Teen Summit, an international conference with unique simulated experiences that allow teens ages 13-17 to explore topics of clean water, renewable energy, food and nutrition in the development of a sustainable community for global citizens on Mars. The summit will be held June 15-20 at Space Center Houston, the NASA Johnson Space Center’s official visitor center, in Houston, Texas. Registration deadline is May 14.

Upcoming Teacher Workshops


The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) is hosting the following teacher workshops presented by Christine Shupla of the Lunar and Planetary Institute:

  • January 14 – Moon Mania: Lunar Phases and Tides (register by January 13)
  • February 5 – Weather and Climatic Interactions (register by February 4)
  • February 11 – Our Celestial Neighborhood (register by February 10)

Find out all the details, including program descriptions and contact information, online.

Explore! 2015 Calendar of Events


From eclipses to meteor showers to spacecraft encounters, there is always something happening in our solar system! There are also many annual celebrations of Earth and space. These events present opportunities for educators to share the excitement of space science and exploration with their audiences. A list of events taking place in 2015 is available on the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! Calendar webpage.

Astro 101 Slide Sets


As a resource for the higher education audience, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a series of slide sets designed to bring recent NASA discoveries to the college-level non-major introductory astronomy classroom. These Astro 101 slide sets compile short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA SMD Astrophysics missions relevant to Astronomy 101 topics, including “Debris Belts Around Vega” and “Black Holes in M38.”

NASA’s Museum Alliance


Informal science educators at museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, Challenger Learning Centers, observatories, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers who wish to share NASA information with their visitors are invited to join the Museum Alliance. The Museum Alliance is intended to bring current NASA Science and Technology to visitors through professional development of the museums’ staff, advance notice of NASA events, and provision of materials such as visualizations, access to NASA experts, educational materials, etc. It’s a free service that only requires that you be a staff member at one of the above types of institutions, respect all embargoes on pre-released news items, and report on a quarterly basis how the information is used.