STAR Net News - January 6, 2021
STAR Net News - January 6, 2021
January 6, 2021
Citizen Science Guide Updated for 2021!
SciStarter has recently released an update to their popular Guide to Citizen Science - just in time to start planning your programs and activities for 2021.
This guide will help you with understanding, planning and sustaining ongoing engagement in citizen science at your library or community-based organization.
Perseverance Arrives at Mars: Feb. 18, 2021
The Perseverance Rover will touch down on Mars at approximately 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST).
During landing, the rover plunges through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 2 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second). A large sky crane then lowers the rover on three bridle cords to land softly on six wheels.
Tune in to NASA's Watch Online page for viewing information.
Celebrate Engineers Week: February 21-27
COVID-19 has laid bare the critical work of engineers in creating a world safe from pandemics, climate change, cyber-attacks, and other daunting global challenges. Engineers Week (hosted by DiscoverE) is a time to celebrate their important work and engage the next generation of innovators. Even with social distancing, you can make a difference. 

Update: Dream–Build–Create Engineering Program

This inspirational program offered libraries and their patrons a free film screening of "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" and live access to several virtual panels with Dream Teams of young, diverse engineers.
Join the Global Challenge!
Invite your patrons to join BBC micro:bit for an exciting digital challenge! The do your :bit global challenge welcomes anyone ages 8-18 to use creativity and technology to make the world a better place.
Learn more about how to enter the challenge to win a prize. Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 11th to Jun. 4th, 2021.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Universal Design for Learning for Library Staff: Inquiry-Based, Active, Remote Learning Using UDL
Recorded Date: December 2-3, 2020
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 our webinars are full.
NASA: Looking Back and Looking Forward
2020 was historic for NASA but 2021 could be epic. 
Sending the first Artemis mission to the Moon in preparation for human missions, landing a new rover on Mars, and launching the James Webb Space Telescope into space, expanding our ability to see deep into the universe, are just a few of the things NASA has planned for 2021.
Virtual Summer Immersion Program
Have your patrons apply to the Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, they'll learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood.
The application will be available in January. Be the first to know when the application goes live by completing our Interest Form or learn more by joining a webinar.
A Guide to Smartphone Astrophotography
Check out NASA's newly released "A Guide to Smartphone Astrophotography". This lavishly-illustrated book (in PDF format) features detailed instructions for how to use your smartphone to take photographs of the night sky and numerous astronomical objects.
NASA Video: January Skywatching Tips
What to look for: Earth at perihelion, plus Uranus and Mercury!
Earth reaches its closest approach to the Sun for the year, plus chances to spot two elusive planets later in the month.
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, Urban Libraries Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Cornerstones of Science. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
STAR Net Blogs

STEAM Engines from Home: The Busiest Physicists

By Caitlin Savage
Towards the end of last summer, I fell victim to one of those "Amazing Painting - You Will Be Mesmerized" type videos floating around on social media. I admit that, like a cartoon squirrel presented with a decoy nut, I am easily captivated.

Looking Forward and Looking Back with Story Musgrave

By Christopher Mick
I am sure you, like most of us at this time of year we take a moment to look back on the year, to think of the future and in a year like 2020 to maybe take a few looks sideways as well!

A Woman of Many Firsts

By Christopher Mick
NASA astronaut Christina Koch has already set numerous records in her brief career with the agency. I recently had the opportunity to interview Christina via telephone from her home in Houston, Texas.
View All Blogs

2021 ASS Meeting
Jan. 10-15, 2020
More Info >>

2021 ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 22-26, 2021
More Info >>
All Conferences

Perseverance Rover Landing
Feb. 18, 2021
More Info >>

Engineers Week
Feb. 21-27, 2021
More Info >>
View All Events
Follow Us!
Click on the icons below to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.