The NAA annual convention is the largest nationwide gathering of professionals representing before school, after-school and summer school programs, youth-serving organizations, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, parks and recreation departments; administrators from all public, private, faith-, school- and community-based sectors; and local, state and national policymakers. The NAA is partnering with the National Association of Elementary School Principals in a joint conference that will bring together an exceptional array of presentations, including the following NASA workshops:

Small Worlds in the Solar System: Hands-On Modeling Activities
April 2, 2009, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Participants will engage in hands-on learning activities developed by NASA’s Dawn and EPOXI mission education programs. Learn about science activities appropriate for after-school programs: Modeling in 3-D, Comet on a Stick and Where Are You? Free handouts will be provided.

The Thrill of Discovery — Engage Students in NASA Space Exploration Activities
April 2, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Experience a thematic set of inexpensive classroom-ready activities linked to content information and resources that can be used in after-school settings to involve students in NASA space exploration. Hand-outs include resource guides and posters.

From Out-of-School to Outer Space
April 3, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Use the excitement of exploration to build science skills and understanding of science concepts with this set of theme-based science activities. Participants will engage in fun hands-on activities tied to NASA’s exploration of the solar system.

Explore! Health in Space: Keeping Astronauts (and Children) Healthy
April 3, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Participate in hands-on activities that examine the challenges to astronauts living and working in space. Explore what astronauts — and children — need to do to stay healthy. Participants receive lesson plans and learn about extensive free online materials.

Ready-to-Go Space Science Activities for Young Explorers
April 3, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Make the most of children’s curiosity about space! Explore fun, hands-on activities for exploring the sun, Earth and moon. Using easy-to-find materials, learn how to do activities that will excite children and bring out the scientist in all of them!

Edible Rocks, Meteorites and Meteorwrongs!
April 3, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Engage in hands-on learning activity and an online interactive developed by NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the NASA Dawn mission. Learn about science activities appropriate for after-school programs: Edible Rocks, Find a Meteorite, and Exploring Meteorite Mysteries: Noblesville Fall.

Kids Can Learn Space Science Through Fiction: Everyone Loves a Story
April 4, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Discover how children can learn about space science through narratives. Using an engaging story, students will be able to organize facts and data, illustrate procedures, and simulate possible outcomes.

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