Webinar—NASA’s Universe of Learning Professional Development Webinar Series

Are you interested in museum-tested programs and exhibit elements that help share the wonders of the universe with your audiences? 

Do you have a concept for a new way to engage your visitors with space, but just need a little money, connections to astronomers, or resources to help you out?

NASA’s Universe of Learning offered a pair of webinars that showed you how to access the resources available to your science center or museum and introduced an opportunity to access to these resources.


Click here to watch the first archived webinar and

Click here to watch the second archived webinar in

ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.


Learning about the universe at the L. C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, Maine

Last year, 17 U.S. ASTC members received mini-funds to help their audiences explore what is beyond our solar system. A few of the incredible programs developed last year by ASTC members through NASA’s Universe of Learning included:

  • A STEAM festival for children’s museums with hands-on activities exploring space through art
  • An afterschool program where teens research deep space and develop exhibit proposals
  • Virtual conferences where students with disabilities create their own exoplanets


Your colleagues also developed planetarium shows, field trips, family nights, teacher experiences, and more. This year we are doing it again, and you have an opportunity to apply for funds for your institution!


During these two webinars, we heard from some of last year’s mini-fund recipients. They shared the programs, exhibits, and other museum resources they created, as well as details of their development process. You even got access to their documentation. You can recreate these programs as appropriate for your local audiences, or you can apply to receive $2,500 in mini-funds to help kickstart your own, unique program using NASA’s Universe of Learning resources.

Learning about the universe at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina

Additionally, we can connect you with pre-recorded webinars led by educators at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Space Telescope Science Institute, featuring astronomers from around the United State. These webinars provided insight into current-day astronomy and provided ideas on how resources like MicroObservatory, AstroPix, Eyes on Exoplanets, ViewSpace, and many more can be used to engage visitors at your institution!

Applications for mini-funds will open this summer. Program models are available now.

Watch this archived webinar series now and discover how to bring the stars to your hometown!



Learning about the universe at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology in Newark


This webinar is designed for science center and museum professionals from all career levels, especially those who work in education, exhibits, outreach, and science.


There was no fee for this webinar; those who register received a link to the recording after the event.


Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock.

Timothy Rhue II is Senior Informal Education Specialist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and a member of the NASA’s Universe of Learning project.