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  • Education and Public Outreach
    mysteries Find activities PowerPoints background information and links to media tools on a variety of Earth and space science topics Visit the site and subscribe for monthly e news on upcoming workshops resources events grants and awards and science news Find higher education opportunities and resources for bringing Earth and space science into the undergraduate and graduate classroom Are you interested in library or other out of school time science programming for children ages 8 to 13 LPI s Explore program offers free online activity modules about Earth and space as well as training opportunities Each year across the globe people gather together to marvel at Earth s closest neighbor our Moon Join the celebration and share in the excitement of lunar science and exploration Find the date theme and locations near you or share the event you plan to host Do you want to engage your visitors or patrons in lunar science and exploration LPI has a series of exhibits designed for small spaces that are available for loan to libraries science centers museums and planetariums Find activities and resources for a variety of space science topics to conduct your own event Native American storytellers share traditional and science stories about objects in the sky Accompanying activities resources and selected stories are available online Looking for Earth and space science teaching resources Explore LPI s portfolio of activities demonstrations PowerPoints background information and links to external resources Subscribe to LPI s monthly e news about upcoming educational workshops resources events grants and awards and science news Come explore some of the hottest topics in in our solar system and beyond with the scientists who are making the discoveries Find lecture topics and times Interested in viewing Houston s night sky and learning about space science Join us for LPI

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  • Education and Public Outreach
    mysteries Find activities PowerPoints background information and links to media tools on a variety of Earth and space science topics Visit the site and subscribe for monthly e news on upcoming workshops resources events grants and awards and science news Find higher education opportunities and resources for bringing Earth and space science into the undergraduate and graduate classroom Are you interested in library or other out of school time science programming for children ages 8 to 13 LPI s Explore program offers free online activity modules about Earth and space as well as training opportunities Each year across the globe people gather together to marvel at Earth s closest neighbor our Moon Join the celebration and share in the excitement of lunar science and exploration Find the date theme and locations near you or share the event you plan to host Do you want to engage your visitors or patrons in lunar science and exploration LPI has a series of exhibits designed for small spaces that are available for loan to libraries science centers museums and planetariums Find activities and resources for a variety of space science topics to conduct your own event Native American storytellers share traditional and science stories about objects in the sky Accompanying activities resources and selected stories are available online Looking for Earth and space science teaching resources Explore LPI s portfolio of activities demonstrations PowerPoints background information and links to external resources Subscribe to LPI s monthly e news about upcoming educational workshops resources events grants and awards and science news Come explore some of the hottest topics in in our solar system and beyond with the scientists who are making the discoveries Find lecture topics and times Interested in viewing Houston s night sky and learning about space science Join us for LPI

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  • Education - About the Staff
    Shupla C Shipp S Allen J Tobola K 2011 Lessons Learned Best Practices in Educator Workshops presented at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference The Woodlands TX Shupla C et al 2010 Bring NASA s Year of the Solar System into Your Programs Connecting People to Science ASP Conference Series Vol 247 Astronomical Society of the Pacific Shupla C et al 2010 Institutes for Faculty Instructing Future Teachers presented at the 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference The Woodlands TX Andy Shaner My first experience with planetary science education came as a graduate student at the University of Arizona where I was a member of the education and public outreach E PO program for the Mars Phoenix mission I graduated from the University of Arizona with a master s degree in Teaching and Teacher Education with a minor in Planetary Science After graduate school I taught high school physics and Earth and space science for one year before coming to LPI At LPI I lead both lunar and Mars education efforts including E PO for the ChemCam instrument onboard NASA s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity I am the E PO lead for the LPI JSC led Center for Lunar Science and Exploration CLSE I also lead LPI s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series and Sky Fest programs shaner 281 486 2163 Publications Shaner A Koenig M and Williams M 2015 Interpreting the moon through a global celebration International Observe the Moon Night Legacy National Association for Interpretation 26 3 pp 12 14 Shaner A J Allen J S Shipp S S Kramer G Y Nahm A Balazs L Fuller J Newland J Snyder R D Kring D A 2014 Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students ExMASS An Authentic Open Inquiry Research Experience for High School Students presented at the American Geophysical Union s 2014 Fall Meeting San Francisco CA December 2014 Shaner A J Shipp S S Allen J S Kring D A 2011 Moon 101 Introducing Students to Lunar Science and Exploration presented at the American Geophysical Union s 2011 Fall Meeting San Francisco CA December 2011 Kring D A O Abramov M G Galenas K H Joy G Y Kramer C N Mercer A L Nahm T Niihara T Öhman J F Rapp A J Shaner S Simmons M B Weller and O L White 2011 Lunar Analogue Training at Meteor Crater AZ the San Francisco Volcanic Field AZ Field trip guide O Abramov editor 113 p Lunar and Planetary Institute contribution 1618 Houston TX Yolanda Ballard I have been with the LPI since September 2010 I assist with all the administrative duties for the education team and serve as one of the primary contacts I assist with the coordination of meetings purchasing and agreements I also support the team in the preparation of workshops acquisitions and shipping of materials and am the liaison between our team and other departments I enjoy working with everyone on the education team and am excited about my

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  • Partners
    Night Humans in Space Youth Art Competition Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter ChemCam on Mars SAM on Mars LOOK UP ABOUT US Education and Outreach Partners To achieve broader reach and greater impact the LPI Education and Outreach Team partners with a variety of other organizations Public Programs Office Association for Library Service to Children NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science ARES Harris County Department of Education Mid continent Research for Education

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  • Best Practices in Education
    up and are often long term integrate the nature and practice of science and include implementation planning Learning What the Research Says Brochu L and Merriman T 2008 Personal Interpretation Connecting Your Audience to Heritage Resources InterprPress Fort Collins CO National Research Council 2000 How People Learn Brain Mind Experience and School Expanded Edition Washington DC The National Academies Press National Research Council 2009 Learning Science in Informal Environments People Places and Pursuits Washington DC The National Academies Press National Research Council 2007 Ready Set SCIENCE Putting Research to Work in K 8 Science Classrooms Washington DC The National Academies Press National Research Council 2010 Surrounded by Science Learning Science in Informal Environments Washington DC The National Academies Press National Research Council 2007 Taking Science to School Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K 8 Washington DC The National Academies Press Tarlton J L and Ward C J 2006 The Effect of Thematic Interpretation on a Child s Knowledge of an Interpretive Program Journal of Interpretation Research Volume 11 Number 1 Standards and Benchmarks American Association for the Advancement of Science 1993 Benchmarks for Science Literacy Oxford University Press American Association for the Advancement of Science Project 2016 2001 Atlas of Science Literacy Volumes 1 and 2 National Research Council 2012 A Framework for K 12 Science Education Practices Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas The National Academies Press Washington DC National Research Council 2013 Next Generation Science Standards National Academy of Sciences Best Practices in Professional Development Darling Hammond L et al 2009 Professional Learning in the Learning Profession A Status Report on Teacher Development in the United States and Abroad National Staff Development Council and The School Redesign Network at Stanford University Eisenhower Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education ENC 1999 Ideas That Work Science Professional Development Columbus OH

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  • Evaluations of LPI and Outreach Programs
    the pairing of faculty colleagues from the same university in the institutes coupled with appropriate monetary resources may result in a deeper permanent change in teaching at least of the individuals involved Some science education faculty and many future science teachers are not comfortable with inquiry and the process and nature of science it is important for NASA SMD to consider if and how it can strategically address this need within its education portfolio FINESSE offers one avenue for engaging faculty preparing future teachers in inquiry through two day institutes The tools created through FINESSE remain available and FINESSE II continues to offer institute opportunities However like many pre service teachers many faculty teaching science education have never participated in authentic research and have varying degrees of understanding and comfort with inquiry NASA SMD could offer a variety of professional development offerings research experiences etc to help prepare exemplary STEM educators who deeply understand the process and nature of science and who are able to engage their students in authentic inquiry If NASA SMD continues to address the strengthening of STEM pre service teacher preparation it is important to consider identifying strategic partners for doing so to broaden reach and increase return on investment FINESSE worked closely with ASTE and NACCTEP as well as with science societies Future efforts could leverage federally funded programs universities or university consortia such as UTeach http uteach institute org community Collaborations could also be established with the pre service teacher activities at different NASA centers Close Shell Space Science Training Series LPI working with JSC s Astromaterials education staff delivered a series of trainings in 2008 and 2009 at Harris County Department of Education for approximately 190 middle and high school science teachers on topics such as plate tectonics and the rock cycle Earth s structure Earth and Moon comparisons Sun and seasons stars and galaxies the Solar System and astrobiology Read the Evaluation Results and Main Findings Evaluation results The average participant rating of the quality of the professional development was 4 42 out of 5 where 1 was poor and 5 was excellent Comparisons of pre and post assessments showed significant increases in understanding for each training Main findings Although participants were encouraged to build their knowledge by attending multiple sessions most were not able to do so Week long summer sessions were more successful at provided extended professional development Close Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program STEP STEP is a train the trainers professional development project for middle school science education specialists and lead teachers The objective of STEP is to increase the Earth and space science knowledge and pedagogy and skills and confidence in providing professional development of middle school science specialists and lead teachers in the Houston region Thirty days of STEP trainings have been conducted for two cohorts of participants In the past 18 months STEP participants have presented or assisted in presenting trainings for approximately 1 250 teachers This project is still on going Read the Evaluation Results and Main Findings Evaluation results Evaluations of this program are longitudinal and being conducted by an external evaluator significant pre and post assessment data as well as some survey data are not yet available Cohort 1 s average rating of the FY13 trainings is 4 7 out of 5 and Cohort 2 s average is 4 9 where 1 was poor and 5 was excellent Surveys showed significant increases in participants self efficacy in teaching ESS in confidence in training other teachers to be effective and in self reported skill level in preparing other teachers to teach ESS Main findings to date Most participants are comfortable with sharing activities and resources with teachers but many are limited at the school and district level in their ability to conduct professional development in spite of their leadership positions Participants are unsure how to best work with scientist mentors and multiple opportunities to interact and plan with scientist mentors are required Participants find it very difficult to set aside time for participating in short teleconferences Close Evaluation results Following the training more than 85 of the participants felt prepared to share the LRO Mission with their patrons Over 90 of the participants rated the likely appeal to their communities of the LRO Mission NASA s future lunar missions and having humans live and work on the Moon as good to excellent 96 of the participants agreed to strongly agreed that they were prepared to use the activities and resources in their library setting and 93 planned to host programs using the LRO Modules by the fall of 2006 Main findings A critical element was having the LPI and LRO team empower the participants to use the materials in a manner that suited their environment and their audience Discussions at the close of the trainings included determination of paths for the librarians to work together in training or presenting the information e g state library meetings district or regional trainings 87 of the participants 40 of 46 respondents anticipate staying in contact with library colleagues they met during the training Close Unknown Moon Institutes These weeklong summer high school science teacher institutes conducted annually from 2010 to 2013 alternated in location between LPI and John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Participants received in depth content and participated in rich inquiry based activities about lunar science talked daily with lunar scientists and toured research facilities A total of 80 teachers attended from across the US and as far away as Australia Read the Evaluation Results and Main Findings Evaluation results The average participant rating of the quality of the professional development for each training ranged from 4 6 to 4 9 out of 5 where 1 was poor and 5 was excellent Comparisons of pre and post assessments showed significant increases in understanding for each training with training specific average increases ranging from 17 to 25 Main findings Participants found the activities very engaging and highly valued access to the lunar scientists and their research as

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  • Resources
    Space Science Series Topical Initiatives Early Mars Geologic Hydrologic and Climatic Evolution and the Implications for Life Lunar Science and Exploration Mars Polar Science and Exploration Oxygen in the Solar System U S Geological Survey Documents Interagency Reports by the Branch of Astrogeology U S Geological Survey Networks Center for Lunar Science and Exploration Regional Planetary Image Facility Network Planetary Science Web Sites Featured Resources LPIB Issue No 141 Now Available From Mercury to Pluto Planetary Exploration at APL Learn more Video Simulation of Impact Cratering Processes Craters on solid planetary surfaces are divided into three groups simple craters complex craters and impact basins The formation process for each crater type is illustrated using computer models Learn more Lunar Sample Atlas The Apollo Virtual Microscope provides interactive views of selected thin sections as they would be seen through a microscope Learn more Geologic Map of the Kuiper Quadrangle of Mercury Kuiper Quadrangle map of Mercury as seen by Mariner 10 Learn more Maps and Video Flyby of Triton Historic footage of Triton from Voyager 2 has been restored and used to construct the best ever global color map and video of that strange moon Learn more 1 2 3 4

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  • Planetary News | Planetary Science News and Announcements
    was posted in Meeting Announcements on 2016 02 04 by Julie Tygielski SBAG Digest Vol 42 Issue 1 Leave a reply Dear SBAG community A few SBAG announcements Draft Findings from the SBAG 14 Meeting Thank you for a productive SBAG 14 meeting A draft document with findings from the This entry was posted in Community Announcements Meeting Announcements and tagged SBAG small bodies assessment group on 2016 02 04 by Julie Tygielski Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter February 2016 Leave a reply To the Mars Community On behalf of Lisa Pratt MEPAG Chair Dave Beaty Rich Zurek and Serina Diniega of the Mars Program Science Office the February 2016 editionn of the Mars This entry was posted in Community Announcements and tagged Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group MEPAG on 2016 02 04 by Julie Tygielski 2nd Information Circular 31st MEPAG Meeting March 2 3 2016 in Silver Spring MD Leave a reply 2nd Information Circular 31st MEPAG Meeting March 2 3 2016 Silver Spring MD Letter of Invitation Members of the Mars community I cordially invite you to attend the 2016 face to face meeting This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Mars MEPAG on 2016 02 03 by Julie Tygielski Workshop Europa Initiative 2016 Leave a reply EUROPA INITIATIVE 2016 WORKSHOP 2 This workshop will take place at the IRAP Institute Observatoire Midi Pyrénées Toulouse France from the 22nd to the 24th February 2016 It will be dedicated This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Europa on 2016 02 01 by Julie Tygielski Dear Colleague Letter to Solicit Proposals for HISAKI Guest Investigator Program HISAKI GI Leave a reply Dear Colleagues NASA is soliciting proposals for a Hisaki Guest Investigator Program in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA Hisaki is a Japanese ultraviolet astronomy spacecraft operated by JAXA This entry was posted in Funding Opportunities and tagged HISAKI JAXA on 2016 02 01 by Julie Tygielski 4TH INTERNATIONAL HIGHLY SIDEROPHILE ELEMENT GEOCHEMISTRY WORKSHOP Leave a reply July 11 15 2016 Durham UK Abstract Deadline March 4 2016 All presenters may submit up to two abstracts A number of travel bursaries will be awarded Prizes This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements on 2016 02 01 by Julie Tygielski OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP MEETING Leave a reply The NASA Outer Planets Assessment Group Meeting will be held from February 1 2 2016 at Southwest Research Institute SWRI Building263 Presentation Room 1 202 located at 6220 Culebra Road San Antonio This entry was posted in Community Announcements and tagged OPAG Outer Planets Assessment Group on 2016 02 01 by Julie Tygielski NASA EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP NESSF PROGRAM 2016 2017 ACADEMIC YEAR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED Leave a reply Due to the severe winter weather and blizzard conditions experienced in parts of the country and the resultant flooding and other hardship conditions the proposal submission deadline for the subject This entry was posted in Funding Opportunities and tagged NESSF on 2016 02 01

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