NASA and Libraries
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Posted by: Melanie Blau McDonald
NASA recently launched an online catalog for
reviewed activities, books, and other resources for programming (and
developing school lessons) at http://www.nasawavelength.org/.
I’ve been sending a couple of suggestions from this catalog to ALSC on a
regular basis; two are featured in the August 2014 issue of ALSC
(and below). Would you like me to continue sending these brief
suggestions to you? I anticipate a frequency of once/month or so.
STEAMing with NASA
From our friends at the Lunar Planetary Institute, try out
these STEAMing with NASA programming ideas in your library!
Races - Kids become rovers navigating on “Mars” (an obstacle
discover the challenges of driving a rover on Mars! Each team designs
and executes a series of commands to guide a rover (made of people)
through an obstacle course simulating the Martian surface.
Do the kids in your programs enjoy
being “engineers?" Find even more
NASA engineering activities for elementary-aged children on our website!
Fascinating Features - Kids create layered, 3-D books about
know? One of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, was recently found to harbor a
large underground ocean of liquid water. This fascinating moon has jets
of water vapor, ice, and organic molecules gushing from its south pole.
Scientists are interested in learning more about this moon’s ocean since
it contains the basic chemical ingredients for life. Could there be
microbial life living on this moon of Saturn? Learn
more on the NASA website.
Scientists recently discovered, farther out in the solar system, a
unique feature around the asteroid Chariklo: Saturn isn’t the only
planet to have rings! Along with Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, this far
smaller object has two rings. Learn
more about asteroid Chariklo and its rings.