August 23, 2011 NASA Educator to Discuss "Mapping the Moon with WALL·E and Children," Sept. 14

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NASA robots are exploring space as proxies for people. They gather information and perform tasks in places too distant or dangerous for us to visit. Some robots look more human than others, and these appeal greatly to children—as well as to the child within all of us.

NASA found the perfect partner in education in 2007 when the robot WALL·E, the title character in a computer-animated film from Pixar Studios, became a part of the space agency’s family. WALL·E helps students across the country learn how scientists and engineers work together to accomplish robotic missions.

Marcianna Delaney, a NASA educator, will discuss “Mapping the Moon with WALL·E and Children” at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets are needed.

The illustrated lecture, the fifth in a series of programs in 2011, is presented through a partnership between the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The partnership is in its fifth year.

In the past four years, WALL·E has become a permanent fixture of the NASA Digital Learning Network (DLN), which provides programming through high-end videoconferencing technology to students and educators across the country. The little WALL·E robot has helped DLN educators teach students in grades kindergarten through eight about the quest for water-ice on the moon and the mapping of the moon by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter using LIDAR technology, which measures distances by illuminating the area with light.

Delaney is a biological oceanographer who has become an education researcher and teacher. As part of the NASA Learning Technology Group at Goddard Space Flight Center, she served as the team leader designing content for videoconferencing, and she established education partnerships across the agency. In addition to her successful project with WALL·E, Delaney developed and managed an agency-wide project for kindergarten through 12th-grade academic competitions, for which she received a NASA Special Services Award.

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