Blog News August 7, 2009 and an Apology

 Posted by DrJeff on August 7th, 2009

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Blog on the Universe has now been up for nearly 3 months, and a significant amount of content is now on the site, both in the Posts and in the Resource Pages. Feedback has been very positive, which is GREAT!! Without feedback I have no idea if I’m just wasting a lot of time on this blog. So thanks!! And keep providing that feedback, good, bad or ugly. Also, if you are a teacher or a parent, let me know how you’re using the blog or planning on using it with your class or kids. You can contact me HERE, or send me an email at


I want to apologize for a lack of new posts for 3 weeks. My goal has always been at least 2 posts per week. I’ll be putting up a new post in a few minutes. I’ve also spent the last 3 days writing lots of posts in order to have a backlog.


Over the last few weeks I’ve been pretty busy.  Not a great excuse, but wanted to share. On July 18-20, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, of which I’m Center Director, in concert with the City of Corpus Christi, permanently installed a Voyage scale model Solar System along the Corpus Christi waterfront. It is the fourth Voyage exhibition to install. The first was permanently installed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in front of the Smithsonian. The other two Voyages are in Houston and Kansas City. The goal is 100 installed around the planet, making this likely the largest space science exhibition project ever undertaken.


I traveled to Corpus Christi for the opening, speaking at a VIP breakfast, giving a VIP tour of the exhibition, doing a family program at the wonderful Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, doing a cool program for a large public audience at Flour Bluff High School, speaking to the Texas Governor’s Academy students, and conducting an all day educator workshop for lead science teachers in the Corpus Christi area.  It was a WONDERFUL experience. We’re now building sustainable community-wide programming in space science around the exhibition.


Check out the Voyage in Corpus Christi photoalbum on our Facebook page. If you go thru the photos in order, it tells the story of the exhibition from concept, to fabrication, to installation, to opening event programming. Definitely read the captions, they’re funny.

Here’s the URL:


By the way, if you’d like to explore a Voyage for YOUR community, contact me! In many communities we are able to help with the fundraising by identifying possible funders, and assisting with writing any needed proposals.


FYI, I wrote the storyboards for the Voyage exhibit, and together with programs for kids, families and teachers I’ve conducted for many years, I’ve developed a philosophy for science education. This Blog is formally an online extension of that philosophy, and a formal extension to the Voyage National and International Programs overseen by the Center.


Ok, I now have 3 weeks of Posts ready to go!  Let folks know Blog on the Universe is back in business!