STAR Net News - June 16, 2021
STAR Net News - June 16, 2021
June 16, 2021

There's Still Time to Apply for NASA@ My Library

Public and tribal libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Librarya STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education initiative that will increase and enhance STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. 
60 public and tribal libraries in the U.S. will be selected through a competitive application process to become NASA@ My Library Partners.  Applications will be accepted from May 17 to July 21ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to apply.  
NASA@ My Library Partners will receive training and resources to implement NASA events and programming, access to a university subject matter expert (SME) to support patron engagement, and a $1,600 programming stipend to purchase materials for NASA STEAM activities and/or support presentations by local NASA-funded SMEs.  
This opportunity is open to public and tribal libraries in the U.S. Priority consideration will be given to libraries in communities with above average populations of demographics underrepresented in STEM education and professions. For more details on priority consideration and eligibility, visit the project guidelines. 
The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Education Development Center (EDC). Support comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate as part of its Science Activation program.  

Let's Read!: "Ready, Set, Create: Engineers Inspiring Youth to Build Their Dreams"

The Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning recently published in the journal Connected Science Learning "Ready, Set, Create: Engineers Inspiring Youth to Build Their Dreams." Through this article, discover how Project BUILD  headed by SSI uses an engineer-librarian partnership to increase youths’ awareness of and motivation to pursue STEM-related educational and career pathways. 
The ultimate goal of Project BUILD is to increase youths’ awareness of and motivation to pursue STEM-related educational and career pathways, especially for youth from rural and/or geographically isolated areas and youth from populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM.  Check it out!
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.
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