NASA@ ALA 2018

This year, NASA’s booth (#1839) at the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference will be home to a universe of opportunities.

From June 22-25, 2018 the booth will be bustling with opportunities to learn from subject matter experts representing each of NASA’s science areas (Earth, sun, planets, and the universe), to experience NASA’s Hyperwall through visuals and accompanying narratives, to speak with NASA scientists and educators, to find more information regarding related sessions and to acquire additional resources from several NASA education projects to add to your existing library programs.

If you are unable to attend the conference, opportunities to get much of that information and many of those resources can be found online.

A good place to start is the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) STAR Library Network, which offers science and technology activities and resources for libraries. There you will find a clearinghouse of resources, projects, and a calendar of upcoming events and webinars. One SSI project is NASA@My Library, a national Earth and space science initiative that is connecting NASA, public libraries and their communities.

They will be hosting three sessions at ALA. Be sure to attend these:
June 23 1-2 pm STEM Opportunities, Resources, and Partnerships between Public Libraries and Afterschool Providers
June 23 2:30-3:30 pm Tech-time Fun with Real-world Connections
June 25 2:30-3:30 pm Lessons Learned from the 2017 Eclipse: What Participation in Charismatic Events Can DoFor YOUR Library

In addition, check out the resources listed below, and in this Wavelength List,which were featured at the NASA booth and presentations during this year’s ALA conference.

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Better the Environment) Storybooks. While there are seven storybooks in the collection, consider beginning with “What’s Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky which contains four hands-on activities on air quality: Why Not so Blue? Sky Observers, See the Light and Up in the Air.

GLOBE Observer Join the community of citizen scientists using this GLOBE program initiative. It supports climate research through observing and gathering data on clouds, water, plants and other life. Participants download the app and follow the prompts to gather and submit data.

Earth Observatory (EO) Kids EO Kids, an offshoot of NASA’s Earth Observatory, is written for audiences between the ages of 9 to 14 and dedicated to making science fun and engaging. The articles and activities in this monthly publication feature images, stories, DIY projects, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research. The latest issue is Clouds or Snow: A Satellite Mystery.

NASA’s Eyes apps. Download these three apps for an unparalleled experiences in exploring Earth (Eyes on the Earth), our solar system (Eyes on the Solar System), and planets around other stars (Eyes on Exoplanets). Each provides real-time visualizations along with details about each satellite mission involved.

Infiniscope Infiniscope includes a FREE, growing catalog of digital learning experiences and visualizations that are excellent resources for libraries seeking science content that can be used by any patron or in summer/after-school STEAM programming. The design philosophy of Infiniscope for these digital learning experiences focuses on engaging explorers of all ages through compelling storylines and NASA visualizations. Join the teaching network to gain access to all of this additional content for FREE! Infiniscope is a project funded by the NASA Science Mission Directorate and developed by the Center for Education Through Exploration out of Arizona State University.

Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Designed for upper elementary to high school, these 19 activities, all included in the NASA Wavelength collection, focus on the math, physics, chemistry and biology of meteorites. To make these activities even more dynamic, use this website to learn how your library can borrow a sample disk containing meteorite and lunar samples.

Mars Trek Take library visitors to Mars- using 3D visualizations and fly-overs that can be navigated with easy-to-use tools

Moon Trek is an application that allows you to view imagery and perform analysis on data from the Moon.

NASA's Universe of Learning Discover resources and experiences that enable youth, families, and lifelong learners to explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves. Resources distributed at ALA included the Women in STEM poster series. Through Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA, libraries may host events, work with subject matter experts, and display exhibits. Events and resources are available and open to all family members, but focus on engaging girls by using field-tested activities and strategies.

• 3D Printable Models: Check out these sites for files of that can be printed on 3D printers:
-3D Printable Models of NASA spacecraft and other objects. For example, you can find the file to print the 3D wrench file emailed to the International Space Station when Commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench – the first time an object was designed on Earth and then transmitted to space for manufacture.
-Precipitation data from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission (GPM) was used to generate these 3D printed models of various tropical cyclones and storm systems from the past several years.
-Want to hold a dead star in your hand? The first ever 3D reconstruction of a supernova remnant- from the explosion of Cassiopeia A- is available here for 3D printing.

Also, use these NASA Wavelength resources to support library programming throughout the year:

Science books for readers of all ages, including: Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, What's Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky, and Think Scientifically.

Websites and apps for the latest science data visualizations, images, and content related to our Sun, Earth, Solar System and Universe

Reading strategies in line with libraries’ mission to improve year-round and life-long learning, take a look at our previously published English Language Arts Blogs for more reading resources and helpful tips on improving reading comprehension.

STEM learning resources for educators of all levels from K-12 and informal and higher education. Search the collection using the keywords Libraries or Reading and be sure to also check out collections of activities in Wavelength such as DIY Sun Science and the "Explore!" series - NASA activities for children designed specifically for use in libraries and other out-of-school settings, including Explore! To the Moon and Beyond or Explore! Jupiter's Family Secrets.

Bring the excitement of NASA STEM into your library programming by taking advantage of the opportunities available through the NASA booth at the ALA conference and/or by spending time on NASA Wavelength or other NASA websites. And, while you are right there in the booth or on Wavelength, remember that it is never too early to start gathering science stories, resources and ideas for the 2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program. What better place than NASA will you find a Universe of Stories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon!

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