Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Resource Center

Celebrate Science and Women’s History Month with NASA Science Education Partners

NASA’s Universe of Learning astronomy education program is celebrating National Women’s History Month with the expanded Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA project (formerly the NASA Science4Girls and Their Families initiative).

Libraries are encouraged to partner with NASA's Universe of Learning science education program throughout the spring to empower women’s success – especially in science – starting from when they are young. Libraries will have the opportunity to host events related to NASA’s scientific explorations of the Universe during Women’s History Month. These events are open to all family members, regardless of gender, but focus on engaging girls in science using field-tested, hands-on activities.

Over the last 5 years, the pilot initiative NASA Science4Girls and Their Families was successfully introduced into over 70 libraries nationwide. This year, we hope to expand our reach to your library and the girls who visit. Programming resources for this year include coding workshops, astronomy exhibits, hands-on astronomy activities, and discussions with NASA scientists and engineers.

The first events for Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA kick off during Women’s History Month in March, and will continue through the spring/summer. Help your community explore the wonders of NASA science, and celebrate the contribution of women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)!

The resources below include field-tested, hands-on activities that have been shown engaging for girls, exhibits that complement your girl-inspiring programming, and professional development opportunities for your staff. Your Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA event may choose to focus on one resource, or feature several of these resources to flesh out your Women’s History Month programming.

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Contact

For more information about Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA, please contact Bonnie Meinke

Hands-on-Activities

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Recoloring the Universe

For #HourOfCode give Recoloring the Universe with Pencil Code a try.

Media Template Package

Posters

Need something to help draw attention to your Women’s History Month programming, something inspirational for your teen space, or an addition to the Biographies section? These posters are available for free to print and some can be shipped to you.
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Women in STEM Poster Series

These posters from the Chandra X-ray Center feature great women in STEM. Currently in the collection: Ada Lovelace, Hypathia, Eileen Collins, Melba Roy, Annie Easley, Katherine Johnson, Grace Hopper, Mary Jackson, and Cady Coleman.

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Women of Color: Pioneers and Innovators

This two-sided poster features women of color who are pioneers in modern aviation, astronomy, and aerospace.

Exhibits

The NASA Astrophysics community has designed many exhibits for use in libraries and informal education venues. Below are ones we recommend for complementing your Girls STEAM Ahead events. Please click the links to find out how to apply to host the exhibits or print your own.
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Here, There, Everywhere

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Light exhibits

(Additional copies are available for permanent/semi-permanent homes)

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From Earth to the Universe

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Visions of the Universe

Webinars

We offer a variety of webinars to help library staff explore new hands-on activities, learn about best practices for engaging girls, and hear from NASA scientists and engineers. Can’t make it to one of these senimars? We are happy to arrange additional webinars around your time, interests, and needs – just contact us at the address listed below.

February 2, 3:30pm ET

Museum Alliance Science Briefing featuring an astronaut, astrophysicists, and great resources to engage girls at your library.

February 15, 3pm ET

NASA @My Library and STAR_Net hosts a webinar featuring an activity librarians can use in their Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA event!

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