Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Girls Scouts USA

I'm at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, NY, participating in a STEM training for Girl Scout Council Staff. I'll be discussing Global Warming and NASA's role in monitoring climate change. Part of my challenge is to encourage the "what can I do" types of discussion and the other part is to bring science data into the mix.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lunar Librarians and after school program providers too!

Through our work on education and outreach on LRO, we partnered with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and their Explore: Fun with Science project. From the website: Explore! Fun with Science is designed to engage youth in space and planetary science in the library and other informal learning environments. Through video explorations, related hands-on activities, and supporting resources, children of all ages are immersed in the wonders of rockets, space colonies, our solar system, how our planets were shaped, and more!

The LRO Spacecraft as envisioned by one of the participants of our Colorado workshop held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science May 8-9.

LPI worked with our team to create the Explore: To the Moon and Beyond with LRO module. They have the expertise in developing materials and activities for library and after-school programs, and we have the content and cool images and visualizations. Together we have conducted two-day workshops for librarians in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. During the workshops we include hands-on activities designed for children and have LRO scientists and engineers talk to the participants about the upcoming LRO mission.

Lava Layers activity includes creating maps and simulating drill coring.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Well, Stephanie seems to be very successful in sucking me and Heather (aka "The Kids" or "Steph's minions") into the blogosphere, so here I am. Today I am ramping up my efforts towards Aura, preparing for the AccessData workshop next week. Keep checking back to see how our progress in writing a chapter for the Earth Exploration Toolbook is going!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Added mission links

I just added the links to my missions and projects. Check out the education and/or outreach sections to get an idea of the kinds of things we do.

The image at the left is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It's scheduled to launch late October 2008

First Post

I develop and implement education and outreach programs for NASA Earth and Space science missions. As education and public outreach (EPO) specialists, my team and I are always looking for innovative ways to engage people in NASA missions. We work in the K-12 community, with museums, planetariums,after-school programs, filmmakers and youth groups. Of course our missions have websites and many of our educational activities and products are posted on NASA websites. But lately we have started looking at other venues on the web, like YouTube and Second Life. I have the geosteph channel on YouTube and have uploaded a number of video podcasts and other videos developed for public engagement. I've also created a playlists on Pluto and the New Horizons mission to the Kuiper Belt.

So here I am, a new blogger, looking to share our projects and looking for ways to involve more people in our missions.