Explore! Fun With Science


Lunar & Planetary Institute

Explore! Fun with Science is designed to engage youth in space and planetary science in the library and other informal learning environments. Through video explorations, related hands-on activities, and supporting resources, children of all ages are immersed in the wonders of rockets, space colonies, our solar system, how our planets were shaped, and more!

Each Explore! Fun with Science topic has supporting materials, including:

- A short video in which Marcie, Explore! Librarian, investigates children's questions about the topic content with images, animations, video clips, and models
- A PowerPoint presentation that encompasses the main points for the topic
- Hands-on activities, demonstrations, and extensions that help children explore and experience the content
- Lists of recommended books, videos, and Web resources for further exploration

Explore! Fun with Science was created for the library setting and other informal educational venues. Hands-on activities are easy to do, use readily available materials, and require little preparation time. The topics are designed to be flexible and can be incorporated in any program involving children, including summer sessions, after-school programs, festivals, science days, and family events. Activities are one to two hours in length and children can take their creations home with them. Explore! Fun with Science provides opportunities for partnering libraries with volunteer groups, local businesses, community programs, and schools.

Explorations include:
NEW - Ice Worlds!
Mars: Inside and Out!
Health in Space
To the Moon and Beyond! – with NASA's LRO Mission
Space Stations
Space Colonies
Space Capsules
Solar System
Shaping the Planets
Our Place in Space

Other information about this activity
Length of Activity: 
1-2 hours for each session
Can non-scientists successfully conduct this activity?: 
Non-science teacher
What level of help is needed to conduct?: 
Training helpful
Materials are self-explanatory
Required Supplies: 

Hands-on activities are easy to do, use readily available materials, and require little preparation time.

free download of pdfs
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