Date: October 26th, 2012

Title: Teenagers Exploring the Planets

Podcaster: Bob Hirshon

Organization: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Description: A unique afterschool program brings together high school students and planetary scientists as they explore incoming data from space probes. Brian Grigsby, Science Department Chair at Shasta High School in California, heads up the program. AAAS Science Update host Bob Hirshon spoke with Brian about the ambitious project, and plans to create a new version that focuses on Mercury.

Bio: Bob Hirshon is Program Director for Technology and Learning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and host of the daily radio show and podcast Science Update. Now in its 25th year, Science Update is heard on over 300 commercial stations nationwide. Hirshon also heads up Kinetic City, including the Peabody Award winning children’s radio drama, McGraw-Hill book series and Codie Award winning website and education program. He oversees the Science NetLinks project for K-12 science teachers, part of the Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity partnership. Hirshon is a Computerworld/ Smithsonian Hero for a New Millennium laureate.

Today’s Sponsor: This episode of 365 Days of Astronomy is sponsored by The Education and Outreach team for the MESSENGER mission to planet Mercury. Follow the mission as the spacecraft helps to unlock the secrets of the inner solar system at

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