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Saturday Scientists – Butterflies

Published on August 26, 2015, by

Saturday Scientists – Butterflies
September 19, 2015, 2:00pm
Morro Bay Natural History Museum Auditorium

Explore the fascinating world of California butterflies. Learn to use a dissecting microscope to see the startling wonder of these creatures. Families are welcome. Program is free, just bring a curiosity to learn more about our local butterflies!.

Flier (English and Spanish).


Saturday Scientist: Leaves
August 15th, 2PM

Published on July 27, 2015, by

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 2 PM
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History

Use dissecting and compound microscopes to learn about the types of leaves and their structures.

Flier (English and Spanish)

Sponsored by State Parks and Central Coast State Parks Association


Virtual Mentoring Via NASA for 5th-8th Graders, Apply by June 28

Published on June 24, 2015, by

NASA wants you to become the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS are virtual mentoring programs using commercially available video chat programs to pair NASA mentors with young students anywhere in the country. NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS gives young students the opportunity to interact and learn from real engineers, scientists, and technologists. There are so many different fields and NASA wants to show you how they all contribute to science, technology, engineering, and math.

Applications are due June 28, 2015.

Applications can be found here along with additional information.


Science After Dark: “Sharks”

Published on June 10, 2015, by

The 2014/2015 Science After Dark season closed this evening with “Life of a Shark” at the SLO Children’s Museum. Diana Barnhart, 2006 California Teacher of the Year, led the presentation. About 50 children and their adults turned out to pack the place. Questions were asked of Diana, private eyes investigated skin with Lola, shark dinner was served up by Bette, and the “one drop” smell-a-thon with Jahana and Georgia captivated the curious crowd. The Children’s Museum folks helped to make sure all ran smoothly with big smiles and eager assistance. More photos…



2016 NASA Educator Program Taking Apps Now

Published on June 9, 2015, by

NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP)

NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. They partner small groups of educators with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications for the 2016 class of educators are available now and due on September 21, 2015. The program is funded completely via a NASA ADAP grant.

Some things that make this program different from many (if not most) other astronomy programs for educators: (1) Each team does original research using real astronomical data, not canned labs or reproductions of previously done research; (2) Each team writes up the results of their research and presents it in a science poster session at an American Astronomical Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US). The posters are distributed throughout the meeting, in amongst other researchers’ work; the participants are not “given a free pass” because they are educators and students. Each team also presents the educational results of their experience in the program. (3) The program runs over 13 months, not just a few days or weeks. (4) Teachers are encouraged to involve their students from the beginning of the program.

Most of the educators are high school classroom educators, but 8th grade, community college, and informal educators have participated as well. The kinds of educators they are looking for are those who already know the basics of astronomy, and are interested in learning exactly how astronomy research is conducted. All educators must be US-based.