STAR Net News - April 8, 2021
STAR Net News - April 8, 2021
April 8, 2021

Sign up to Host James Webb Space Telescope Community Events! 

With the launch in October 2021 of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA will provide support to communities in celebrating this generational event, as part of the “Webb Space Telescope Community Events” initiative. For this, NASA will promote official community events on its website, help connect host venues to trainings about James Webb and the telescope’s launch process and science, as well as to subject matter experts to best engage with audiences either in person (where possible) or virtually. In addition, hard-copy event materials and handouts can be shipped to participating locations as resources allow.
Institutions that engage populations or communities that are traditionally underrepresented or underserved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply.
To host an official NASA event for the Webb launch, submissions are due May 16th: For more information click here.

Invite Your Community to Participate in Citizen Science Month Opportunities

There are over 100 events for you to discover on SciStarter. On April 5, astronomers from GLOBE at Night will teach people how to gather light pollution data. And then on April 7, project leaders from Public Editor and Demo Watch will discuss how you can fight misinformation with citizen science. On that same day, you can also tune in to hear how EarthEcho young leaders from around the world are monitoring water quality (and learn how you can, too!). 
Find a complete list of Citizen Science Month events on the SciStarter's calendar page.

New Resources for Tweens from Urban Libraries Council and STAR Net

Explore the Urban Libraries Council’s new Partners for Middle School STEM Strategic Playbook and Building the STEM Workforce: Quickstart Toolkit to discover strategies, tools and frameworks that libraries across North America are using to successfully advance STEM equity across their communities. These new resources expand on the Partners for Middle School STEM initiative, which ULC and SSI launched in 2019 to explore new ways that cross-sector community partnerships can increase STEM learning opportunities for low-income middle school youth.
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), University of Colorado, University of Virginia, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Cornerstones of Science. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.
STAR Net Blogs

2021 Community Trees Challenge: Science is Better Together!

by GLOBE Observers
Libraries are invited to join the 2021 Community Trees Challenge when the GLOBE Program is asking the public to observe, learn, engage, and create as they track their progress on the Trees Challenge activity tracker from April 15-May 15. 
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Gratitude/Kindness Rocks: Where Science and Art Meet

by Donna & Brittany Blomquist
Connect science and art using the GLOBE Observer: Trees to extend popular rock painting into your library STEAM program.  
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Highlight of Citizen Science Month events from SciStarter:

April 5th: Globe at Night
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