STAR Net News - March 4, 2020
STAR Net News - March 4, 2020
March 4, 2020
Has Your Library Registered to Receive a FREE Copy of our Educational Games?
One of the many benefits of joining STAR Net's Our Planet: EARTH campaign is that each registered library will receive a free copy of "Planets to Planets", a space education game supported by NASA's Science Mission Directorate
And there's more! During your registration you'll also have the opportunity to decide if your library would like to host their own Community Dialogue. The first 500 libraries to commit will qualify for another free game titled, "Arctic to Antarctic", a new game being developed on the topic of Earth Science.
Register to Receive Your Free Games!

Women's History Month: March 1-31

Celebrate Women in STEM with some great resources from NASA's Universe of Learning.
Recorded Webinar: Trees Challenge 2020
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the GLOBE Program, GLOBE Observer is hosting a month-long citizen science challenge in April 2020.
See how your library patrons can contribute to a global citizen science project measuring tree height. 

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Join the STAR Net Blogging Team to Show your STEM Know-how!
STAR Net has two spots open for bloggers. Bloggers will be compensated $500 for their contributions, and will be expected to post 8-12 in depth, or 15-20 quick posts over a 12 month period.
If you're interested, please email Anne Holland at with a short list of suggested topics and a writing sample (1 or 2 paragraphs). These positions are renewable annually dependent on availability of funds. Thank you!
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Community Dialogues for Our Planet: EARTH (Session 1)
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2020
Time: 1
pm ET / 12pm CT / 11am MT / 10pm PT 
Note: There are 4 different sessions available at different dates/times for your convenience. Click "Get More Details" above for more information.
Beg, Borrow, and Steal... Multi-generational STEAM Programming Ideas for Our Planet: EARTH
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT 
For those that are unable to attend our live webinars, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation. And remember, all webinars are now streamed LIVE on our YouTube channel for times when are webinars are full.
Connected Science Learning
This month, CSL (Volume 2, Issue 1, Part 2) continues its focus on Effective Collaborations. Learn how to combine storytelling and robotics to engage families in STEAM. Engage youth in place-based learning through the study of a local species. Finally, find out how to build community among STEM education providers by conducting listening sessions. 
NASA Video: March Skywatching Tips
What to look for: If you're up early any morning during March, you'll want to go out and look toward the east to catch a lovely grouping of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The three planets are visible before dawn throughout the month.
Hands-on STEM: GLOBE Observer: Trees
Citizen science is a great way to engage multigenerational audiences at your library! Check out this toolkit on the GLOBE Observer website to discover how to collect tree height data in an easy and fun way that will help scientists learn more about the ecosystems in your community!
This is a great activity to use to celebrate and learn more about our planet Earth.
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 STAR Net's NASA@ My Library program!
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, Afterschool Alliance, Education Development Center, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Cornerstones of Science. 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.
STAR Net Blogs

Make Every Tree Count: Programs You Can Use

By Donna & Brittany Blomquist and Theresa Schwerin
Trees provide one of the most versatile themes for library programs. Whether your audience is families, adults, children or classrooms/youth groups, “Trees” can provide a foundation for affordable and useful programs for libraries of all sizes — uniting art and community with citizen science.

Citizen Science Month: Resources for Libraries

By Caroline Nickerson, Dan Stanton and Vivienne Byrd
Science needs more eyes, ears and perspectives than any scientist possesses. Enter citizen science: a collaboration between scientists and those of us who are just curious or concerned and motivated to make a difference.
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2020 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Mar. 13-22, 2020
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2020 ALA Annual Conference
Jun. 25-30, 2020
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Women's History Month
March, 2020
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Our Planet: EARTH
April, 2020
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April, 2020
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Earth Day
April 22, 2020
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