Free Space Science Professional Development Opportunities

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites public library staff who facilitate programs for children and tweens in select states to join us for FREE NASA-supported professional development trainings through our Explore program, which is designed to help you bring earth and space science to your communities through fun and engaging hands-on activities. The two-day trainings feature hands-on activities developed for for children ages eight to thirteen and their families, and rely on inexpensive, fun materials. Open the door to another world for your patrons by incorporating hands-on science activities into your programming! All levels of comfort with science are welcome. Information about each of the upcoming trainings is provided below.

Space is limiited to thirty participants. All participants will receive copies of all of the activity guides, and stipends are available for twenty-five participants (on a first-come, first-accepted basis) for completing the training. The trainings will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. each day. Light breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon snacks will be provided. Hotel suggestions, logistical information, and a tentative agenda will be supplied shortly after you register; participants are responsible for travel, housing, and dinner costs and arrangements.

NASA Space Science Training: Explore: Life on Mars?

February 5–6, 2013

ASU Mars Space Flight Facility

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ 85287

Explore: Life on Mars? will acquaint you with NASA’s investigations in the scientific field of astrobiology, where scientists are searching for indications that Mars may be able to—or has been able to—support life. Discover the current scientific understanding of Mars and what it takes for life to exist beyond our home planet. Scientists and educators from the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) will share space science information, resources, hands-on activities, and demonstrations developed specifically for you to integrate into your programs with children and youth ages eight to thirteen and their families. Network with Arizona library colleagues and discuss ways to incorporate the activities into your programs.

Public library staff that provide, or plan to provide, programs for eight- to thirteen-year-olds in Arizona are invited to apply by Friday, December 28, 2012. For more information, contact Eve Halligan at explore@lpi.usra.edu.

NASA Space Science Training: Explore: Jupiter’s Family Secrets

March 25–26, 2013

Worcester County Library, Ocean Pines Branch

11107 Cathell Rd.

Ocean Pines, MD 21811

Explore: Jupiter’s Family Secrets will acquaint you with Jupiter and NASA’s upcoming Juno mission to discover clues about our solar system’s history! Scientists and educators from NASA and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) will share space science information, resources, hands-on activities, and demonstrations developed specifically for you to infuse into your programs with children and youth ages eight to thirteen and their families. Network with library colleagues in the mid-Atlantic region and discuss ways to incorporate the activities into your programs.

Public library staff that provide, or plan to provide, programs for eight- to thirteen-year-olds in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia are invited to apply by February 1, 2013. Preference will be given to those serving rural audiences. For more information, contact Christine Shupla at shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

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