Note: After 15 years in its Pomona, Calif., location, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Educator Resource Center will be moving. (A new arrangement for the center has not been determined. Continue to check this page for updates.)
To facilitate our move, we need your help giving some of our excess material a new home. Up for grabs are items such as historical reference books, posters, historical JPL annual reports, bookmarks, postcards, and other JPL and educational materials.
In the coming months, we will have two free yard-sale-type events during which you can visit the ERC at the Indian Hill Mall in Pomona and take whatever you can use. The giveaway days will immediately follow the upcoming educator workshops on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 7. The doors will open for each event at 12:30 p.m. and close at 2:30 p.m., no need to RSVP. We recommend arriving with boxes or bags to carry items home. No early birds please.
What can I expect during my visit?
• The JPL staff works with educators to find out what they need and provide appropriate NASA resources.
• Educators may receive single copies of posters, lithograph pictures, educator guides with activities, booklets and information on NASA/JPL missions (subject to supplies on hand).
• Workshops are conducted at the center.
• Each educator has unique needs but here are some of the popular items teachers often take back to the classroom:
-- Elementary educators covering the solar system will receive the Space Thrills Poster. The back side of the poster has nine printable pages, page four includes a teacher page with tips in teaching the solar system.
-- Educators for grades 1 - 8 often receive "Reading, Writing and Rings," a literacy program that uses the excitement of studying Saturn to inspire and guide writing exercises.
Who Can Visit the JPL Educator Resource Center?
All NASA Educator Resource Centers are free and open to the public, however they are intended for educators. You will be best served if you fit in one of these groups:
• Classroom educators teaching pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
• Informal educators from museums, planetariums or science centers.
• Scout leaders and other group leaders.
• Homeschoolers, afterschool program educators, colleges, universities and other education-related groups.
Planning Your Visit
• Hours vary so phone ahead to make an appointment.
• Expect to be there a while so you can view and select materials.
For a state-by-state listing of Educator Resource Centers, go to
To learn more about NASA's Educator Resource Centers, go to http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/learning/F_Educator_Resource_Center_Network.html
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