James Webb Space Telescope at SXSWi

From 8-11 March, 2013 I was down in Austin, TX with a large collaboration focused on providing outreach for the James Webb Space Telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute from Baltimore, Maryland gathered with Microsoft Research, Northrop Grumman, Ball Aerospace, NASA, University of Texas and CosmoQuest in order to provide public outreach at South by Southwest Interactive for the upcoming successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. To solidify its magnitude, a full-scale model of JWST was shipped and assembled between the Long Center for Performing Arts and the Palmer Center in Austin, right off of Riverside. The model reached 4 stories into the sky, covering an area the size of a tennis court, dwarfing anything around it, as you can see to the left. I experienced so many firsts, least of which being my first time attending South by Southwest. It was my first time in Texas, let alone Austin, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous and fun city to visit. Though I didn’t have much time to explore, working 12+ days for SXSW, we still were able to appreciate many local eateries, including Kerbey Lane Cafe. This was also the first time I physically met my Virtual Star Party Co-Host (and general e-partner-in-crime), Fraser Cain. It was quite amazing how though we’d never met in person, our working together for over a year using the Google+ Hangout platform had made it so we really knew one another. It allowed us to understand each other’s cues and have some fantastic opportunities for outreach, not to mention some extremely successful Hangouts On Air broadcasts while at SXSWi. It was International Women’s...

deSTEMber on Google+

The twelfth month of the year is deSTEMber! Over at one of my favorite places on the internet, Google+, we’re celebrating the month of December in style! deSTEMber has been an initiative of GirlStart, out of Austin, TX to engage, celebrate and fascinate everyone in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In 2012, GirlStart partnered with Google Science Fair to spearhead a campaign over at Google+, bringing another layer of fascinating content for all to enjoy and participate in! It’s not only GirlStart and Google Science fair that’s involved, either. CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American, The San Diego Zoo, Accuweather.com, and CosmoQuest have partnered up with this amazing way of reaching out to the public to get everyone excited about STEM via Google+! Fascinating Hangouts On Air are being held the entire month and will be archived here, as well as the GirlStart website on their calendar. To access the recordings of the previous broadcasts, head on up to the menu for deSTEMber and click away!   deSTEMber Partners: GirlStart: (Official Site) (+GirlStart) Google Science Fair: (Official Site) (+GoogleScienceFair) Accuweather.com: (Official Site) (+Accuweather) AdaFruit: (Official Site) (+AdaFruit) CERN: (Official Site) (+CERN) CosmoQuest: (Official Site) (+CosmoQuest) National Geographic: (Official Site) (+NatGeo) San Diego Zoo: (Official Site) (+SanDiegoZoo) Scientific American: (Official Site) (+ScientificAmerican) Science Sunday: +ScienceSunday STEM Women on Google++STEM Women on...

Dawn Mission G+ Hangout w/ CosmoQuest: Asteroid Mappers

Hangout with Dawn Mission scientists and educators and explore giant asteroid Vesta through Dawn’s citizen science project, Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Edition, a collaboration between Dawn and CosmoQuest​. You’ll hear about the mission and its citizen science from the people who made it happen. We’ll map some images of mini-planet Vesta together, and you’ll get a chance to ask questions. #deSTEMber continues to rock with that marvelous, not-just-a​-rock-in-t​he-sky, mini-plane​t Vesta! Submit your Asteroid Mapper questions by leaving a comment below, on Dawn’s Facebook page, or by using #asteroidmappers on Twitter. Visit this event page on December 11, 2012, 5 PM PST / 6 PM MST / 7 PM CST / 8 PM EST to watch the Hangout On Air, and to chime in on the conversati​on. Guests include: – Jennifer Scully, Dawn Science Team, UCLA – Pamela Gay, CosmoQuest – Joe Wise, Dawn Education and Public Outreach Manager – You! Dawn website: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/DawnCommunity/google_hangout.asp Asteroid Mappers: http://cosmoquest.org/mappers/vesta/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/nasa_dawn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawn.mission Official...