Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Debbie Montenegro, MSIS  <>.

This presentation will introduce school librarians, public librarians, science educators, and other participants to health science education resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The resources pertain to the following subjects: K-12+ science education focusing on anatomy, genetics, health, and health science careers.

The overall goal of this course is to help participants find science resources, lesson plans, and programs through a unique and fun subject. Public and school librarians can support science educators and students by fostering science literacy and health literacy programs. Organizations that assist libraries with integrating science into their programs will be discussed. These efforts are creating value to the science education community. Such support can open the door to professional partnerships with educators.

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Learning Objectives:

  •  Recognize National Library of Medicine* (NLM) and NIH resources for health information
  •  Identify NASA resources for science education
  •  Locate resources for health science careers
  • Gain awareness of communities of practice that support science programming in libraries


     * Including Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, PubMed Central, Harry Potter's World and other NLM Exhibitions


  • Introductions
  • Objectives
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  • NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual
  • Astronauts and connection to Space and Health
  • Health Topics – Anatomy and Health
  • NLM and NIH resources (MedlinePlus, PubMed Central, NIH Kids pages)
  • Fitness


  • DNA, Chromosomes, Genetics (Twins Study)
  • NLM Resources (Genetics Home Reference, Harry Potter’s World)
  • Health Science Careers (NLM Exhibitions – Rise, Serve, Lead!, Physician Assistants)
  • Communities of Practice with resources to support science programming in libraries
  • Wrap up/overviews
  • Q&A and evaluation

MLA CE Credits: 1, 1.5