The Be a NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses Kit focuses on activities and experiences that help patrons (and library staﬀ!) be more comfortable using tools of science, and making predictions based on their observations. Major content areas in this kit include: modeling the vast distances in our Solar System using a fun paper folding project, creating the shapes of the Moon’s phases with some “tasty” resources, exploring science through art with planetary image analysis, investigating the insides of planets using hands-on objects, and using scientific tools such as a telescope and infrared thermometer to observe the properties of objects that are difficult to see with our eyes.
PATRONS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Model the vast distances in our Solar System using a fun paper folding activity
- Create the shapes of the Moon’s phases with some “tasty” resources
- Explore art as science and science as art through planetary images
- Investigate the insides of planets using hands-on objects and detecting tools
- Using scientific tools such as a telescope and infrared thermometer to observe properties of objects that are difficult to see with our eye
Developed by STAR Net’s NASA@ My Library team, this kit assists library staﬀ in facilitating programs around exciting NASA science mission topics.
- 1 pair binoculars
- 1 tabletop telescope
- 2 plastic storage boxes
- 12 ornament balls
- 1 bag small marbles
- 1 bag paper clips
- 1 bag pony beads
- 3 small round magnets
- 3 bar magnets
- 1 flashlight
- 1 red light flashlight
- 1 kitchen scale
- 1 magnetic science experiment kit
- 24 colored pencils
- 12 rolls adding machine paper
- 2 infrared thermometers
- 1 Earth ball
- 2 strips standard staples: metal, plastic, wood
- 1 book – Find the constellations by H.A. Rey.
- 1 book – The secret galaxy by Fran Hodgkins.
- 1 book – Starry skies by Samantha Chagollan.
- 1 book – Secrets of our Earth by Carron Brown.
- 1 book – Understanding Small Worlds in the Solar System by Cassandra Runyon, David Hurd and Joseph Minatra.
- 1 book – Getting a feel for lunar craters by David Hurd.
- Quick Start-up Guide cards
STAR Net Activities
This list provides the direct link to activities on the STAR Net Libraries Clearinghouse page as well as access to related activities, books, and databases to expand your programs.
Art and the Cosmic Collection
Investigating the Insides
Taking the Earth’s Temperature
Loony Lunar Phases
- STAR Library Network (STAR Net)
- STEM Activity Clearinghouse (for activities and programs and valuable resources)
- Blogs (share success stories!)
- Night Sky Network
- Solar System Ambassadors
- Webinars (online professional learning)
- Workshops and meet-ups at conferences (in-person professional training)
- Girls STEAM Ahead With NASA Resource Center: https://www.universe-of-learning.org/gsawn
- Education and Public Engagement at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Out-of-School Time Programs: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/out-of-school/
- NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Education: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/
- NASA’s International Space Station: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
- STEM mobile apps from Sci Games. Visit SciGames.org for free games and activities for your phone or tablet. Our newest app: Space Stage, is a “green screen” activity that lets you take selfies and record videos as if from other worlds. Use the companion literacy activities to engage youth in creating “weather reports” and “commercials” for visiting those other worlds. (Space Stage is currently only available for some Android devices. Stay tuned for expanded capability!)
- Reports and tools for library leaders
- Information about upcoming national STEM Events
- Join this FREE network to receive STAR Net News (online newsletter)
- Engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources! Find activities, apps, video clips, and more through the STEM Activity Clearinghouse
Scale Model of Sun and Earth
Hands-on Activities for Eclipse Programs
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