The Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program is managed by the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE), one of nine teams with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. ExMASS is an academic year-long, national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program that envelops students in the process of science. Working alongside their teachers and a scientist advisor, students undertake authentic, open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science. At the end of the year, student research is reviewed by a panel of scientists. The top four teams present their research to this panel of scientists, competing for a chance to present their work at the Exploration Science Forum held at the NASA Ames Research Center in the summer. Applications for the 2017-2018 ExMASS program are due by March 31.
Join us for the next SkyFest event, “Jupiter, the King,” on Saturday, April 8. Explore the solar system’s largest planet through hands-on activities and view Jupiter through telescopes (weather permitting). Skyfest will take place 8:00 – 10:00 pm, all ages are welcome, and it’s free!
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.”