Connecting Camps to NASA Communities

Looking for someone to bring telescopes to an evening camp program, or to give your campers a presentation about the InSight mission landing on Mars this fall? NASA has communities of volunteers across the United States that can help.

Solar Celebrations

Camps are a great place to check out the sky, including the sun!

Activities for Campers During the Super Lunar Eclipse on January 31

A total lunar eclipse can be an eerie sight, as the moon grows dark and red. While each year features at least two lunar eclipses, many are partial or penumbral eclipses in which the moon only grows slightly darker. The early morning of January 31 marks the first total lunar eclipse visible in the United States since 2015; campers across the central and western United States who rise before sunrise that morning will be able to see a total lunar eclipse before the moon sets in the west. Those in the eastern US can still see a partial lunar eclipse, but the moon will set before totality.

Celebrate the Sun and Moon with Campers

NASA has a variety of opportunities to engage campers in STEM activities. This month, camps are invited to participate in Solar Week and the International Observe the Moon Night. 

Preparing Campers for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: How to Make a Printable Pinhole Projector

Hi, my name is Carolyn and I am an informal education outreach specialist at NASA, partnering with Christine Shupla of the Lunar and Planetary Institute to bring NASA to camps.  My job is to help promote the study of the stars, the sun, the moon, the planets, and space weather.  I am working to prepare camps and other youth programs for the August 21 solar eclipse.

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. This is the first time a total solar eclipse will cross coast-to-coast since 1918.

Multicultural Eclipse Stories from the Lunar and Planetary Institute

Preparing for this summer’s solar eclipse, and looking for ways to engage your campers? Consider playing the free online multicultural eclipse stories, researched and recorded by professional storytellers Cassandra Wye and Fran Stallings at the request of the Lunar and Planetary Institute.  The Vanishing Sun: Eclipse Tales from Around the World was created to engage a variety of audiences, in preparation for the August 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Glasses for Your Campers

Google is generously distributing solar eclipse glasses to groups, based on suggestions from NASA. We would like to include a limited number of camps that will be conducting programs for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. We will arrange for shipments of sets of 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses to 15 lucky camps.

Lunar and Planetary Institute Webinars - Playful Building

ACA members as well as librarians and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two free professional development webinars on the Playful Building activities.  These hands-on activities encourage campers to experiment with materials as they collaborate on projects. Register to receive connection information and directions to participate in the webinar’s activities. (The registration password is “star”).