Pascal Lee Author Visit Kit
Dr. Pascal Lee is an internationally known planetary scientist and explorer. He is the author of Mission: Mars, a nonfiction book on the future human exploration of Mars. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, had these words of praise: “Pascal Lee is a true pioneer of Mars exploration. This book makes me want to put on a spacesuit and go to Mars!” The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awarded Mission: Mars the 2015 AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Children's Science Books in the Middle Grades Category.
In addition to studying Mars, Pascal does research on the search for life in the universe, and on the dangers we face from asteroid and comet impacts. He has appeared in many documentaries, including ones on Discovery Channel, History Channel, Science Channel, and National Geographic TV. Pascal is committed to advancing science education and loves visiting schools. He enjoys sharing with students his passion for space and showing them that science can be hard work but also a lot of fun.
Pascal lives in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.pascallee.net.
Pascal offers three program options. Each program consists of a stimulating PowerPoint presentation followed by an engaging Q&A period. Each presentation is adapted to offer just the right STEM content for Grades 1–12 and to fit within 20 to 120 minute class periods, as needed. Pascal will give as many presentations in a day as can be scheduled (provided no laws of physics are violated).
From Earth to Mars
Humans going to Mars will be the greatest adventure in space exploration this century. How will we get to Mars and how will we explore the Red Planet? Pascal draws from his research at NASA, in the Arctic, and in Antarctica, to offer a firsthand, behind-the-scenes account of ongoing efforts to get humans ready for Mars. Pascal’s presentation is the perfect companion to his book, Mission: Mars. For related videos and a CCSS-aligned teaching guide, visit www.scholastic.com/missionmars.
An asteroid is about to hit the Earth! What to do? Call Pascal! He takes students on a whirlwind tour through space and time to explore asteroids and comets, and understand their threat (and potential benefits) to life on Earth. He will also discuss ongoing plans at NASA to get humans to near-Earth asteroids within the next decade, and the purpose and challenges of their deep space mission. To top it off, Pascal will bring a meteorite to class and examine it hands-on style with students.
Are We Alone in the Universe?
Pascal takes students on a mind-boggling journey through space, time, and the history of life on Earth, to examine scientifically where we stand on the possibility of alien life in the cosmos. He reviews what we know and still don’t about our place in the universe, and discusses the recent discoveries of planets around nearby stars. Pascal also examines the challenges and possibilities of interplanetary and interstellar space travel. Warp speed ahead!
Conferences & Festivals
Pascal is available to participate in conferences, festivals, and workshops. He can adapt his presentations to the general public or to specialized audiences, such as science teachers. Pascal can also give a fun-filled, 20 to 60 minute presentation on his personal journey as a space scientist (details below).
My Life on Mars: Adventures of a Planetary Scientist on Planet Earth
Want to hear what it was like to grow up in the least Mars-like place on Earth? Or what the Apollo program did for STEM competency and education in America? Or what it was like to be Carl Sagan’s last T.A.? Or what lessons for life can be learned from over 30 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica? This is your talk!
Pascal’s presentations are not offered virtually. But he is available to revisit via Skype those classrooms he has visited in person during the year. Pascal’s virtual follow up visits may be used to get his input or feedback, or have him serve as a member of a jury, on student science projects and presentations.
Pascal will bring his own laptop, a power cable, and a VGA dongle adapter to connect his laptop to a standard projector. The host is to provide a projector, a screen, and if needed, a microphone. In case videos are to be shown from Pascal’s laptop (not required; just a nice option to have), he’ll need speakers and WiFi access.
School Visits (plus travel fee; see below)
Half Day: $1300; Full Day: $1800
Conferences, Festivals, Workshops (plus travel fee; see below)
Half Day: $1500; Full Day: $2000
Travel Fee (Flat rates. All bookings to be made by the author):
Within Bay Area Counties in California: $200
Elsewhere in California: $500
Pacific Time Zone Outside of California: $800
Mountain Time Zone: $1100
Central Time Zone: $1200
Eastern Time Zone: $1300
Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands: $1500
Special discounts offered for schools located in disadvantaged neighborhoods. (Please contact Scholastic Author Visits Manager).
Follow-up Virtual Visits