The State Library of Ohio is a 2019 NASA@ My Library State Library partner. With this partnership the State Library has received a grant for resources, training and support, and funding. NASA@ My Library is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation. NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) as part of its STEM Activation program.
As part of the grant, the State Library of Ohio is circulating two STEM programing kits to Ohio’s public libraries. Click on the Sun-Earth Moon Connections Kit and Be A NASA Detective Kit tabs for more information.
Kits will be sent to libraries for one week for programming. While staff at the State Library will seek to honor requested weeks for programming, we cannot guarantee week requests. The State Library will electronically send kit information to libraries when we confirm your requested week.
A priority for NASA is to engage groups under-served and under-represented in STEM fields including Hispanics and Latinos, African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the economically disadvantaged, rural communities, people with disabilities, women and girls. Libraries interested in the circulating kits should promote programming based on these kits to one or more of the above groups.
Questions regarding the State Library’s NASA@ My Library program can be directed to Penelope Shumaker, email@example.com.
NASA@ My Library is a national STAR Library Network (STAR Net) initiative that connects NASA, public libraries, state libraries, and their communities. Together we are working to increase STEM learning opportunities for millions of library patrons nationwide, particularly those under-served in STEM education.
NASA@ My Library is based upon work funded by NASA under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the NASA@ My Library initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Kit One: The Sun-Earth-Moon Connections Kit focuses on activities and experiences that better help patrons understand their place in space, and how the Sun and Moon impact our planet. Major content areas in this kit include: modeling both lunar and solar eclipses with easy to use tools, detecting ultraviolet light in a creative way, using sorting cards to explore concepts relating to size, distance, and temperature, and an experiential activity that allows for a greater understanding of the vast scale of our Solar System.
Patrons Will Be Able To:
• Model both lunar and solar eclipses with easy-to-use tools
• Detect ultraviolet light in a creative way
• Use sorting cards to explore concepts relating to size, distance, and temperature
• Create a scale-size model of the Solar System
• Safely view the Sun with Sunoculars
Modeling Meaningful Eclipses (PDF)
Using simple materials, participants create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. This method uses 3 steps that allow learners to engage, explore, and make meaning.
In this activity, children use common craft materials and ultraviolet (UV)-sensitive beads to construct a person (or dog or imaginary creature). They use sunscreen, foil, paper, and more to test materials that might protect UV Kid from being exposed to too much UV radiation. Includes background for facilitators. This activity is part of the “Explore!” series of activities designed to engage children in space and planetary science in libraries and informal learning environments.
Sorting Games: How Big? How Far? How Hot?
In How Big? How Far? How Hot? library staff facilitate these sorting activities in large or small groups, with patrons from Pre-K to adult. These simple and engaging activities introduce younger patrons to concepts such as size, distance, and temperature, and allow older patrons to explore these concepts further. They are excellent engagement activities for learners to begin thinking about our place in space.
Jump to Jupiter
Participants jump through a course from the grapefruit-sized “Sun,” past poppy-seed-sized “Earth,” and on to marble-sized “Jupiter” — and beyond!
Kit Science Tools:
- UV Flashlights
Kit Two: The Be a NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses kit focuses on activities and experiences that help patrons be more comfortable using tools of science, and making predications based on their observations. This kit focuses on things we cannot see with our normal vision on sense with our normal senses.
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 eyes
Visitors view planets, the Moon, and stars in the sky with the naked eye and binoculars or telescopes. Planning resources and tips for partnering with a local astronomical society are provided.
Pocket Solar System
Using a strip of paper, patrons construct a quick scale model of the distances between the objects of our solar system.
Art and the Cosmic Connection
Using NASA imagery, participants use images as inspiration for artwork while learning about geology of planetary bodies and moons
Investigating the Insides
Investigate the composition of unseen materials, using a variety of tools, as an analogy to how scientists discover clues about the interiors of planets using spacecraft.
Taking the Earth’s Temperature
Participants are introduced to a type of energy, infrared radiation, which we can’t see with our eyes but we can feel as heat. Then, they explore their outdoor environment using an infrared thermometer (also known as an IR thermometer) to measure the temperatures of concrete, asphalt, grass, and bare soil.
Kit Science tools:
- Infrared Thermometer
- Magnetic Science Kit