Make plans to join the LPI in a celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, at Exploration Green, a 200-acre green space in the heart of Clear Lake City that serves as an environmental refuge dedicated to conservation, recreation and flood control. This free community event will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy kids’ activities and games, guided tours, and six miles of walking and bike trails.
Space Center Houston will host its first Sensory Friendly Evening designed specifically for children with sensory sensitivities and their families 5:30 – 9 pm on Thursday, April 20. Individuals diagnosed with conditions such as, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder are invited to explore in a reduced sensory environment with modified lightning, music and sound effects. A limited number of tickets are available for this private event to allow visitors to enjoy Space Center Houston without crowds. Find out more and purchase tickets online.
Explore the Earth and space with NASA Space Place. It’s a great place for students, parents, and educators to find games, crafts, activities, Fact of the Day, and more.
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22. The Earth Day Network has developed free educational toolkits to support a variety of events.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Earth Science on Mars,” a workshop for middle school science teachers, on June 21–23 at the LPI in Houston. This two-day professional development training will focus on Mars science and exploration, with an extra day for visiting NASA. Workshop registration is free. Apply now!
Students, educators, program leaders, amateur astronomers, and families are invited to the first Planetary Science Palooza at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference! Meet planetary scientists, learn how and why we are studying the solar system, and explore hands-on activities. Join us on Sunday, March 19 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm in the Waterway 7 and 8 rooms at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas. Registration is recommended and free.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, in partnership with Levy Park and the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, will be helping Houstonians experience the solar eclipse over Houston on August 21. On that day, the Moon will pass directly between the Earth and sun, casting the Moon’s shadow on the continental U.S. from coast to coast for more than 90 minutes. This is the first total solar eclipse visible over the US since 1981 and the first since 1918 to be seen coast to coast. Mark your calendar and join scientists and educators from the LPI at Levy Park and at Freeman Library to witness this historic event. At both locations, safe solar viewing glasses will be available.
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!