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.
For more information about Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA, please contact Bonnie Meinke
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.
This two-sided poster features women of color who are pioneers in modern aviation, astronomy, and aerospace.
Museum Alliance Science Briefing featuring an astronaut, astrophysicists, and great resources to engage girls at your library.
NASA @My Library and STAR_Net hosts a webinar featuring an activity librarians can use in their Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA event!