STAR Net News - October 7, 2020
STAR Net News - October 7, 2020
October 7, 2020
Registration Open for the Dream – Build – Create Engineering Program for Libraries during November 2020
We invite public libraries across the country to participate in an exciting virtual engineering experience this coming November called Dream – Build – Create, an introduction to engineers and engineering for people of all ages, especially families and children. This inspirational program will offer libraries and their patrons a free film screening of the award-winning documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World on November 10, 14, 17, and 24.
In addition to the film, ASCE is organizing several virtual panels in November where patrons can join live conversations with our Dream Teams of young, diverse engineers. Dream Teams will include Cities of the Future, Women in Engineering, Black Engineers, and even a Spanish-language Dream Team. Register now for a passcode to gain free access to Dream Big. You will also receive updates on when and how to log into Dream Team panels.
Tailor the experience for your community using resources such as the Playful Building collection of activities.
STEAM learning at Tom Greene County Library in San Angelo, Texas.
"Guide on the Side" Facilitation
We are pleased to share STEAM Learning in Public Libraries: A “Guide on the Side” Approach for Inclusive Learning written by STAR Net team members Brooks Mitchell, Claire Ratcliffe, and Keliann LaConte and published in the Fall 2020 (Vol 18, No 3) edition of the Association for Library Service to Children's (ALSC) Children and Libraries (CAL) journal.
This article highlights strategies, resources, and interactive activities that library staff can use to engage patrons of all ages in active STEAM learning. “Guide on the Side” facilitation allows patrons to explore new concepts and ideas in a meaningful way by drawing on their own lived experiences and discussing their thinking with others. After all, STEAM facilitation isn't about being a keeper of knowledge; it's about empowering learners to discover answers for themselves!
Keeping Watch on Planet Earth
Live Webcast: October 15, 2020 | 4 pm ET / 2 pm MT
Since its beginning, NASA has been watching Earth’s weather, atmospheric conditions, land use, and, over time, climate.
Join American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a live flight to view Earth as seen by satellites, and how its ecological system is divided into major life zones. Scientists will be in the chat to answer your questions live!
STAR_Net Webinar Series
STEAM Learning in Public Libraries:
A "Guide on the Side" Approach for Inclusive Learning
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 3:00
pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT
Community Dialogues to Support Equitable Programming, Access, and Action in YOUR Library
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 3:00
pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT
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.
A Special Grant Opportunity for Small and Rural Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities.
Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Grants will be awarded in two waves in 2020 and 2021.
Applications will be accepted from Sept. 21 to Dec. 2, 2020.
Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest
Take remote learning a little further — as in 250,000 miles further. NASA collaborated with Future Engineers to create the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. 
The contest, open to U.S. students in grades K-12, launched on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and runs through Dec. 17, 2020, challenging participants to imagine leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole.
Short Film Competition Videos
Looking for some new and exciting resources for your virutal programming? If so, check out these awesome videos available on our CineSpace page.
CineSpace, a short film competition created at NASA's Johnson Space Center, offers aspiring and professional filmmakers a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery. More than 1700 films from 55 countries have been submitted over 5 years. Programs featuring current and past finalists and winners are available for screening at your library through your virtual programs. 
For more information on CineSpace, and to view past winners and finalists, visit:
WOR Distinguished Lecture Series
The 2020 Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture will be held virtually on October 13 at 10:30am MT. Dr. A.R. (Ravi) Ravishankara's live lecture "Lose-win option: Are people in developing countries paying with their lives to reduce climate change?" will be followed by Q&A. The lecture will be livestreamed, and you may submit and upvote questions via Slido. Please contact Tiffany Fourment with any questions.
NASA Video: October Skywatching Tips
What to look for: October will give us a second full Moon on October 31st (Halloween) – a Blue Moon. Also, look for Mars any time of the night, Venus before dawn, and go intergalactic with Andromeda!
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 from Home: Side Scooper

By Caitlin Savage
Around May of 2020, it became pretty clear that library programming was going to look different for the foreseeable future. Having successfully produced the Saponify! video, it seemed like, while not a perfect vehicle, a regular STEAM video program could serve as a stand in for my in-person monthly STEAM Engines program.

Libraries Invited to Bring Engineering and Engineers to their Community

By Jeannine Finton
We invite public libraries across the country to participate in an exciting virtual engineering experience this coming November called Dream - Build - Create, an introduction to engineers and engineering for people of all ages, especially families and children.

Quarantine and the Moon

By Christopher Mick
Almost everyone knows the date that astronauts first walked on the Moon, July 20, 1969. Another lesser known date is when the Apollo 11 astronauts were finishing up the last day of their three-week quarantine  exactly 51 years this week in August 1969. 
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2020 Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Oct. 17-20, 2020
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2020 AGU Fall Meeting
Dec. 1-17, 2020
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Earth Science Week
Oct. 11-17, 2020
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2020 Total Solar Eclipse
Dec. 14, 2020
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