STAR Net News - July 21, 2021
STAR Net News - July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021

Look Up! Featured Activity – Sorting Games: How Big? How Far? How Hot?

Celebrate the upcoming launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope using a new Toolkit of five interactive activities. This month’s featured activity is Sorting Games: How Big? How Far? How Hot?

Patrons explore concepts such as the size, distance, and temperature of objects in space! Facilitate this activity as an in-person program or print the sorting cards to use as a Take & Make activity.
View Pre-Recorded Astronaut Chats, Or Apply for Your Own!

Ever wanted to ask an astronaut what it's like to live 250 miles above Earth? Do you want an easy "plug and play" program to stir the imaginations of your patrons? NASA's in-flight education downlinks are opportunities for students and educators to interact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station during a live, 20-minute question-and-answer session about living and working in space.
This a great opportunity to plan a fun program around space flight, the ISS, and astronauts!
*Don't have time to watch one of the upcoming downlinks? Check this out for all the previous recordings
Come Check Out the Newly Improved SciGames!

Did you know that on top of activities, professional development, and special events, the Space Science Institute has created a number of online games on space science?
Through years of producing exhibits for libraries, we developed over thirty different interactive games and puzzles exploring everything from asteroids to Mars. We've collected these games and activities into a new place so that you can find and play all the games in one fun learning space!
Come check out all the fun ways you can include SciGames into your programming! Included are free apps for patrons to download, games to play on a tablet, computer, or smartphone, plus tons of STEM related questions to test their knowledge. From coding a rover to creating your own solar system, each game is a fun learning experience for all ages. 
The STAR Library 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.
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, Collaborative Summer Library Program, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Education Development Center, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), and the University of Colorado. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.
STAR Net Blogs

The Joy in Learning

By Terri McDougal 
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” -Leo F. Buscaglia 
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ViewSpace: Discover the Universe

by Carolyn Slivinski, Space Telescope Science Institute
“YOU ARE WATCHING VIEWSPACE”—these words are the welcome message that lets you know you have been provided a window to explore our planet, solar system, galaxy, and universe.
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Citizen Science Spotlight – Cicadas!

by Christina Keasler
It would be a shame if we didn’t talk about cicadas right now. Everyone is talking about cicada brood x right now. It wouldn’t be right not to feature citizen science opportunities about our emerging friends.
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Look Up!
Fall 2021
Event Info

Launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
No earlier than Oct. 31, 2021
Event Info

Our Blue Planet: EARTH
Summer 2022
Event Info
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