Academic and Education

September 2021 NASA Webinar

By Lesley Farmer posted 11 days ago


The September 2021 webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured NASA and its educational programs. 

Like the universe itself, the scope of NASA’s free resources can be overwhelming - and always expanding! This presentation by will give an overview of how you can connect with key NASA programs designed to serve informal educators. Learn how to bring real time NASA missions and data into your library, keep up to date on high profile missions, provide STEM opportunities to all patrons, and more. 


The meeting eecording is available at



Amelia Chapman has more than 20 years of experience as an informal educator. Working in a range of science, history, art and cultural museums, she has helped audiences of all ages learn from real objects and direct, hands-on experiences. Now at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she helps run the Museum Alliance community of practice, providing professional development and NASA resources to informal educators who want to use the excitement of space exploration and scientific discovery to inspire new generations.


Kay Ferrari has been employed at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) since 1980.  In 2000, she became the Outreach Project Manager of Solar System Ambassadors (SSA), a volunteer public engagement program funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.  Before joining SSA, Kay worked in JPL’s Public Services Office where she coordinating JPL’s Speakers Bureau and conducting tours.  She also helped organize and staff special events, outside exhibits, adopt-a-school programs, guest operations and regional academic bowl competitions.  Among her awards are:  JPL Award for Excellence in 2001, NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2006 and Astronomy Outreach’s Outreach Award (“AstroOscar”) in 2006.