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Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert was one of six public librarians recently accepted into the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! space training program.
Only 40 applicants were accepted from across the United States and librarians will collaborate with educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! team to learn hands-on science activities designed for engaging families and children ages 8-13.
According to a press release, participants will meet NASA scientists and learn about Mars science and exploration and the MAVEN mission to orbit Mars and study its atmosphere, helping scientists answer the question, “What happened to water on Mars?”
A condition of attending the program is making the commitment to utilize the activity guides and programming resources attained from the training to hold at least three children’s/family programs within the next year, including a specific MAVEN mission event.
Nippert said MAVEN would help the library with the its summer program.
“Owen County’s 2014 summer reading program will be science-based in support of Kentucky public school systems’ current reworking of the science curriculum,” Nippert said. “I think attending this training about MAVEN mission will add another layer of excitement to our already vibrant summer programming. Our library staff is thrilled with the opportunity to inspire our community to explore new possibilities and frontiers.”
The program will be held Nov. 15 and 16 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.