STAR Net News - March 2018
STAR Net News - March 2018
March 8, 2018
Get Ready for Earth Day 2018!
STAR Net's theme for 2018 is "Celebrate 60 Years of Earth Observations with NASA" and we are partnering again with The GLOBE Program to bring you a collection of resources (STEM activities, printable materials, images and links) that will provide your library with several fun programming opportunities for your patrons.
Your library (and patrons) will also have an opportunity to participate in GLOBE Observer program that will assist NASA, as Citizen Scientists, in observing clouds.
NASA@ My Library Workshop Highlights
On February 28-March 1, 2018, the NASA@ My Library team held a workshop for its partner libraries in Denver, Colorado. Participants came from 49 states! Four state library representatives also attended the workshop (from Washington, North Dakota, Michigan, and South Carolina).
Some participants also attended an Astromaterials Training the previous day at the mindSpark Learning facility in Lakewood, Colorado. This training was facilitated by staff from Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
The 2-day workshop included plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics (e.g., using a telescope, practice using NASA@ My Library Facilitation Kit materials, facilitation tips, conducting community dialogues, networking time, and working with subject matter experts). The Morgridge Family Foundation sponsored a banquet the evening of Day 1. Carrie Morgridge gave the keynote presentation. NASA@ My Library is funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
Want to bring NASA science and exploration to your own community? Find NASA partners and STEM activities on the STAR Net website.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Off to Mars! Programming Ideas
for the InSight Launch

Date: Tuesday April 3, 2018
Time: 3
pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PDT
On May 5, InSight will begin its six-month journey from the coast of California to the plains of Mars. Once it lands, it will use seismic instruments to explore the interior of Mars in ways that we've never "seen" before! Join the STAR Net team and guest presenter Steve Lee (Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Space Science Institute) to learn all about this exciting, innovative mission and fun ways to celebrate its launch and landing at your library!  
For those that are unable to attend the live webinar, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation.

Miss Past Webinars? Get Them Here!

Heading to PLA This Year?
Be sure to stop by our booth (#956) and say hello! 
While we won't be doing a session this year, we will be demonstrating (at our booth) some simple hands-on activities from our STEM Activity Clearinhouse and have a variety of informative handouts available - including a list of our top programming events for 2018.
Libraries Listed in Inaugural Report
CAISE (Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education) recently provided the professional community with a report tracking notable publications, events and trends over the year (2017). The report, desighed as a PowerPoint deck, is intended as a sector-based collection of milestones that had impact on the field.
Hands-on STEM: UV Kid
With Earth Day right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about STEM activities that increase understanding of our home planet! UV Kid uses beads that change color in the presence of ultraviolet light - like our sun - to help patrons understand that not all light is visible and that different materials block different wave lengths of light. Not only is this activity fun and affordable, but it also allows patrons to show their creativity through their UV Kid designs!
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. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library and Project BUILD 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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