FLINT — Longway Planetarium has been recognized by NASA for “… encourage( ing) science and technology education among visitors and throughout the community.” The Certificate of Appreciation was accompanied by a letter addressed to SloanLongway Director, Tim Shickles from Laura K. Lincoln, NASA Education Outreach Coordinator housed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).
In her letter, Lincoln, wrote, “Through your public events, you not only educate, but you also inspire your audiences, both young and old. Through your use of hand-on activities and experiences for children, you play a key part in developing tomorrow’s scientists.”
Longway Planetarium is a partner with The Space Place Team, which is a NASA website for elementary school-aged kids, their teachers, and their parents. The Space Place effort encompasses numerous educational products, including a Web site featuring space science and technology related activities at www.spaceplace .jpl.nasa.gov/. Space Place also produces classroom activity articles published in the International Technology Education Association’s monthly educator journal, monthly articles appearing on children’s pages of five major metropolitan newspapers, and display materials and educational activities distributed through partnerships with museums, planetariums, libraries and community organizations nationwide. — G.G.