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Project Descriptions


January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2015
My Sky is a joint project between Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). This three-year project was supported by NASA’s NRA/ROSES 2011 (NNX12AB91G) program, and resulted in the creation of My Sky, a 1,500 sq. ft. traveling astronomy exhibit designed for adults and children, ages 5 – 10. My Sky emphasizes authentic experiences that encourage the development of skills and content foundational to later appreciation and understanding of astronomical science. My Sky includes interactive explorations of objects and phenomena visible in the sky, encouraging families to “look up” not only when they visit the exhibit, but as a practice they might adopt in their everyday lives. This is all punctuated by real NASA data and assets, including a 5’ diameter model Moon created using the latest Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter measurements; and high-resolution images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite. This project also developed a series of public programs, museum staff training programs, and family workshops, all utilizing NASA resources and existing curriculum.


Funding Program: NRA/Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science 2011 (ROSES 2011)
Award Number: NNX12AB91G
Funding Amount: 597,219.99


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    Co-Principal Investigator
    Boston Children's Museum
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    Co-Principal Investigator
    Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Discipline: Education and learning science | Space science
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits

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