by Judy Counley, McREL
October 15, 2010 -- Denver, Colo. -- Thirty elementary, middle, and high school teachers participated in an educators’ A NASA Year of the Solar System event for K-12 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) in Denver, Colorado.
Don Yeomans, Manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office, extended the educators’ understanding of the architecture of the solar system to give context to the information and images he shared from the comet and asteroid missions. He also intrigued his audience with the Near-Earth Object Program’s ongoing research.
Amy Walsh from Ball Aerospace spoke to participants about tools that help us get a closer look at comets. With colleague, Alice Phinney, she shared mission activities to give a unique, real-life perspective on the science and engineering involved. NCIL introduced their new asteroid and comet exhibition designed for museum settings, Great Balls of Fire. An assortment of mission-related educational materials were presented in grade specific breakout sessions.
Participants also had a chance to explore DMNS’s Space Odyssey exhibit. The action-packed day was topped off with a Star Party at the University of Denver’s Chamberlin Observatory.