STAR Net News - July 3, 2018
STAR Net News - July 3, 2018
July 3, 2018
Highlights from the 2018 ALA Conference
Congratulations to the STAR Net team on another successful year partnering with NASA at the annual ALA conference! The STAR Net team interacted with library staff from around the country at the NASA booth, and their button-maker, with designs including “Space Cat’ and “Eclipse Dog”, was quite popular! They presented numerous NASA Hyperwall sessions, highlighting activities like Loony Lunar Phases and Strange New Planet, and presented three, hour-long conference sessions highlighting new tech trends in STEM, afterschool partnerships, and 2017 eclipse reflections.
Build a Better Book Project
Based at the University of Colorado Boulder, The Build a Better Book Project works with school and library Makerspaces to engage youth in the design and fabrication of accessible picture books and graphics. Using both low- and high-tech Makerspace tools, youth design, fabricate, test and refine multi-modal books, games and STEM graphics that incorporate tactile and audio features. These products are designed by and for learners with visual impairments as well as other physical and learning disabilities.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Hands-on Fun with STAR Net
Note: During our Summer Reading break, we'll be highlighting some important past webinars.
Hunting for activities for your library’s next STEM program? Look no further! Hands-on Fun with STAR Net will highlight several different hands-on activities from the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that were designed with the library setting in mind. Whether you are new to STEM programming or are already a “STEM Superstar”, we hope you will watch this webinar recording for tips, techniques, and loads of fun!
Celebrating 60 Years of NASA Resources
Digital resources are now available on the NASA Museum Alliance website for NASA's 60th anniversary celebration which will take place on October 1, 2018. Digital resources for Apollo's 50th Anniversary, celebrated from October 2018 to July 2019, will also be included. As NASA adds more resources, we will notify you.
Connected Science Learning
This month, CSL (Issue 6, Part 3) features a five-week program connecting underserved families with scientists and engineers to do open-ended engineering design challenges. In this issue, you can also learn about citizen science resources for young students, developed by educators at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and learn about the Philly Scientists project, a curriculum with a mobile application and digital badging reward system that seeks to engage underserved youth in grades 5–8.
Hands-on STEM: Shifting Shadows
With the sun high in the sky and shining bright, now is a great time to talk with your patrons about shadows! In this activity, patrons trace shadows outside and then come back later to observe how those shadows have moved. Do you think your shadows would look different if you drew them at the same time of day during the winter?
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.
STAR Net Blogs

Animals in the Park!

By Jennifer Beach
Summer Reading programs in the park have begun again for the year. So how to inform and entertain a variety of ages, in an outdoor setting? Animals!

Light and Color and Uncooperative Weather

By Jennifer Beach
The best-laid plans often go awry...  so how to program on the fly for a large group when that happens?
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Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018

Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ATSC)
Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2018
All Conferences

Summer Reading Program - Theme: Music, Slogan: Libraries Rock
Summer, 2018
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Parker Solar
Probe Launch
July/August, 2018
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International Observe the
Moon Night

October 20, 2018

Lights On Afterschool
October 25, 2018

Mars InSight Landing
November 26, 2018
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