Participants will undertake a selection of hands-on NASA activities that are designed to engage children and their families in the library environment. Inexpensive, common (and even recycled) materials will be used to investigate our solar system. actively explore a scale model of the solar system in the activity, "Jump to Jupiter," where children jump through a course from the grapefruit “Sun,” past poppy seed “Earth,” and on to wooden bead “Jupiter.” Other activities will highlight creations that children take home to extend the learning with their families and peers.
Participants will receive guides to upcoming celestial, Earth, and NASA mission events. For example, International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual world-wide public engagement event –reaching 50 countries and 45 U.S. states per year – that uses the Earth’s Moon as an entryway to learning about NASA’s contributions to planetary science and exploration. InOMN is meant to be easy to participate in, since no special equipment is needed to observe the Moon. Participants will learn how to bring these, and other connections to our world and space exploration, to their libraries’ communities. They will take home one-page guides designed specifically for library staff, families, and teachers relating to events in the coming year. The guides provide facts and resources to help library patrons celebrate the exploration of our world and the solar system in the library, at home, and at school.
Discussions will highlight how NASA resources can be used to connect with the community, to the nation, and beyond. Participants will walk away with information about connecting with potential partners, including members of NASA’s Night Sky Network and Solar System Ambassadors.
Professional Development Manager
Space Science Institute
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Adult Services, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Learning Commons, Partnerships, Public Programs, Public Services, Technology, Training, Transforming Libraries, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Library Type: Elementary School, Joint Use, Middle School, Museum, Public, Rural, School/Media Center, Special, Tribal
Cost: $95.00 - Deep Dive Educational Session. Advance registration is required for this event.