STAR_Net News - February 2017
STAR_Net News - February 2017
February 1, 2017
Apply to Become a
NASA@ My Library Partner!
Engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources!
Applications will be accepted from Feb. 1 to March 22, 2017. To view the project guidelines and apply online, visit The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites ALA members and nonmembers to apply; membership status will have no impact on your application.
STAR_Net is supporting NASA's celebrations of Women's History Month this March
Help your community explore the wonders of NASA science and celebrate the contribution of women to STEM! Libraries will have the opportunity to host events related to NASA's scientific explorations of the universe during Women's History Month using curated resources. These types of events are open to all family members, regardless of gender, but focus on engaging girls in science using field-tested, hands-on activities.
Register to participate in the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA project by February 21! 
Join NASA in Celebrating Earth Day!
Host an Earth Day event to observe clouds using the GLOBE Observer app on April 22, 2017. Participating libraries will receive a FREE packet of Earth Day programming materials (on a first-come, first-served basis).
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Pre-Application Webinar
Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT
Presenters: Keliann LaConte & Anne Holland
Join the STAR_Net team for information about the NASA@ My Library project and answer questions about the application process.
(password is "star")
Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA
Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT
Presenters: Kim Arcand and Bonnie Meinke
NASA’s Universe of Learning astronomy education program will introduce Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA, discuss how to build girl-engagement into your programming, and demonstrate hands-on coding activity that uses real astronomical observations in the ways real astronomers do. Learn about exhibits and activities, as well as posters inspired by the women depicted in new film Hidden Figures!
(password is "star")
Celebrate Earth Day with NASA's GLOBE Observer
Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT
Presenters: Jessica Taylor, Sarah McCrea and Dorian Janney 
Join a NASA scientist and educators to learn:
  • Why observing clouds and sky conditions is important to NASA
  • How NASA's GLOBE Observer citizen science observations contribute to NASA science
  • How to do sky observations with the easy-to-use GLOBE Observer app: identify satellite overpass times, photograph clouds, record sky observations and compare them with NASA satellite images
  • What resources are available to support library programming on Earth Day 2017 and beyond
(password is "star")

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Hands-on STEM: Binary Weaving
Celebrate the contributions of women to science, technology, and exploration with a hands-on activities and NASA resources!
Try making "binary bracelets" with your initials by threading two colors of pony beads in patterns that represent letters. Find examples of how to convert letters into binary through a detailed instruction sheet. Check out the excellent tips on using this activity in a program at STEM in Libraries! Download NASA's Modern Figures Toolkit for videos and historical information about the "human computers" who helped NASA explore the Moon.
The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR_Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources! 
STAR_Net is built upon a strong network of collaborators and partners, led by the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). Partners include the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Afterschool Alliance, Education Development Center, Datum Advisors, Cornerstones of Science, and the Pacific Science Center. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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