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New Life for an Ancient Tool – Making and Using Abaci With Elementary Age Kids

              What can you do with a group of kids, corrogated cardboard, a lot of beads, pipe cleaners, and some masking or decorative duct tape?  Make abaci, of course!                         With a little bit […]

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Space Racers Wins the Gold!!

SPACE RACERS® WINS BEST NEW PRESCHOOL SERIES Space Racers® has been awarded the 2015 Cynopsis Kids !magination Award for the Best New Preschool Series. This prestigious industry award honors the year’s best in children’s, tween and family programming and marketing. Additionally, the Space Racers Parent & Educator Toolkit received […]

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New Traveling Exhibit From the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration

    One aspect of the Lunar and Planetary Institute is the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration.  The Center offers libraries a number of traveling exhibits on a variety of themes related to the moon, earth, asteroids, and other astronomical subjects.  Libraries can request exhibits on-line […]

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Your Input is Needed for a New Tool Specifically for Libraries like Yours!

The National Center for Interactive Learning, in partnership with Cornerstones of Science, is developing a Clearinghouse of STEM activities. Rather than reinvent the wheel, NCIL is drawing from tried and tested activities from programs across all fields and content areas, and presenting them with a library audience […]

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NSF launches Superhero themed contest

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Create a nanotechnology-inspired superhero and win the Generation Nano contest! Finalists to appear at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. (This message will NOT self-destruct, but your chance to win will disappear! Deadline to enter is […]

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Teen Science Cafe Network

The Teen Science Café Network is a free choice out-of-school program of science cafes expressly aimed at connecting high school teenagers with real-world science and scientists. The program is proving popular and effective with the teens, and the Network has expanded rapidly; programs are now operating at […]

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Southeastern Forests and Climate Change

Project Learning Tree (PLT) https://www.plt.org/ has been discussed in previous posts. There are a number of secondary modules (for grades 9-12) available to enhance and expand the PLT curricula. Modules include Biodiversity, Biotechnology, GreenSchools! Investigations, Focus on Forests, Forests of the World, Places We Live, Focus on Risk, […]

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Seven Days of STEM: A Week’s Worth of Environmental Ed Programs: Day 7- Hibernation

Preparing for the winter takes many forms in the animal kingdom. One that fascinates young and old is hibernation, and bears quickly come to mind for this concept. There are many other hibernators, though, including other mammals, snakes, bugs, bats, and amphibians! Share a program with families […]

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SSI’s research hits the New York Times.

After 11 years orbiting Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has changed our understanding of liquid water in the outer solar system.   http://www.nytimes.com/video/science/space/100000004003105/saturn-cassini-enceladus-moons.html?emc=edit_au_20151029&nl=afternoonupdate&nlid=52543281 By JASON DRAKEFORD, DENNIS OVERBYE and JONATHAN CORUM | Oct. 28, 2015

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NASA Resources For Libraries

NASA Resources for Libraries   Museum Alliance NASA’s Museum Alliance provides museums and other informal education institutions with timely information about NASA events and opportunities, professional development, direct access to NASA staff, and limited numbers of materials. A free service, the Alliance is now expanding to serve libraries in […]

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