STAR Net News - July 2, 2019
STAR Net News - July 2, 2019
July 2, 2019
Upcoming NASA Events
Don't forget about these upcoming NASA events that your library can utilize for your programs this summer.
* Email Stephanie Vierow-Fields your event photos
2019 ALA Conference Wrap-up
For the third straight year, STAR Net and NASA@ My Library were represented at the NASA booth during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
With about 1500 visitors to our booth space, activities included several giveaways, dissemination of useful resources, multiple NASA Hyperwall Talks and a book signing by Erin Teagan (author of the Luciana Vega book series).
STAR Net also participated in two conference sessions. The session, NASA@ My Library: STEM Programming and Strategic Planning, attracted 93 attendees and was recorded by ALA. Presenters included Keliann LaConte, Brooks Mitchell, Kevin Tolley, Jennifer Lariviere and Melissa Knapp. We encourage you to revisit the link above in a few weeks to watch the video for this session.
Also, be sure to visit our Flickr page for some great photos!
ASCE's Dream Big Documentary Is Now Streaming on Netflix
In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) partnered with MacGillivray Freeman Films, and the Bechtel Corporation., to release Dream Big: Engineering Our World on movie screens across North America.
ASCE is excited to share that you can now enjoy the film from the comfort of your own home through the popular Netflix streaming subscription service.
This 42-minute documentary takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds to witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Getting Apollo Astronauts to the
Moon and Safely Back to Earth

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Time: 3
pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT
Note: The registration deadline is July 5th.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary
of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Note: No registration is required for this live webcast
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.
Rural Informal STEM Conference Report
On Sept 13-14 of 2018, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance led a conference in Washington DC on the topic of out-of-school STEM learning in rural places. Paul Dusenbery, Director of the STAR Library Network, was a participant.
The conference was the first of its kind to bring together about 30 innovators and experts in rural STEM learning that happens outside of school. They discussed how rural communities are defined, how to provide STEM opportunities equitably across very diverse rural regions, and how to measure impacts of their programs.
Resource Highlight: STEM in Libraries
Interested in learning how you can support learners from under-served communities and populations underrepresented in STEM fields – such as underrepresented minorities, lower-income populations, rural communities, and women? Visit our STEM in Libraries' Diversity section for lessons from various types of informal education institutions, including libraries and out-of-school time programs.
Video: Tonight's Sky - July 2019
In July, find the Scorpius constellation to identify the reddish supergiant Antares, which will lead you to discover a trio of globular star clusters. Keep watching for space-based views of these densely packed, spherical collections of ancient stars, as well as three nebulas: the Swan Nebula, the Lagoon Nebula, and the Trifid Nebula.
Hands-on STEM: Balloon Joust
In this hands-on STEM activity, patrons design a balloon duel and investigate thrust. Using balloons, string, straws, tape, and wooden skewers, patrons manipulate their resources in ways to determine what would make their balloon triumphant in a joust. Safety goggles are essential for this activity.
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

Explore "A Universe of Stories" with New NASA Resources

By Emma Marcucci
Continue the exploration ignited by this summer’s reading theme " A Universe of Stories" with new resources and opportunities from NASA’s Universe of Learning and Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA.

GO Oklahoma! A Citizen Science Challenge

By Theresa Schwerin
The GO Oklahoma! citizen science challenge (June 15-Oct. 31, 2019) is part of the GLOBE Mission Mosquito campaign, co-led by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and NASA GSFC.

BLOOMbox All Summer Long

By Amy Holcomb
This summer the BOOMbox, our self-directed STEAM learning space, is looking at topics related to gardening, botany, and ecology and has been dubbed BLOOMbox for the duration of the rotation.

LINK Program
Intern Comes to SSI: Part 2

By STAR Net Staff
Willa Kopp-DeVol, a Junior at Animas High School in Durango, Colorado, recently served a 3 week internship at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in which she worked with both the research and education departments.
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2019 ARSL Conference
Sep. 4-7, 2019
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2019 CAL Conference
Sep. 19-21, 2019
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Summer Learning Program: "A Universe of Stories"
Summer, 2019
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Live Webcast Celebration of Apollo 11 Mission 
Jul. 15, 2019
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NASA In-flight Education Downlink
August 9, 2019
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International Observe the Moon Night Celebration
Oct. 5, 2019
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