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STAR Net News - August 10, 2022
STAR Net News - August 10, 2022
August 10, 2022

What’s Next for Webb? Unraveling the Birth of Stars and Planetary Systems Webinar

August 30, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

The world got its first look at the astonishing images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in July. This first wave of full-color scientific images and spectra is just the beginning of Webb’s scientific operations. Join STAR Net at a free webinar as we invite Dr. Elena Sabbi from the Space Telescope Science Institute to share about her work using Webb to study the formation of stars and planets. Discover how Webb’s new observations will revolutionize our understanding of the processes that have shaped the solar system!
Register for this Webinar

NASA's Artemis Project: To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond Reading Challenge

NASA is readying the first mission of the Artemis spaceflight program, and to celebrate, the STAR Net has teamed up with Beanstack to launch another reading and activity challenge! Participants will discover more about the Artemis program and NASA’s plans for a new generation of crewed spaceflight by completing the activity badges in this reading and activity challenge. Review the challenge materials in our help center for more information.
Learn More and Register Here

Introducing NIFTY!

The STAR Library Network is pleased to announce a new project, NASA Inspires Futures for Tomorrow's Youth (NIFTY). NIFTY is led by Twin Cities PBS in partnership with the National Girls Collaborative, the Space Science Institute, and the NASA Langley Research Center. The project team will prepare 100 NASA STEM professionals to use research-based gender equitable and culturally responsive practices to encourage youth (ages 9-14) to engage in STEM studies and NASA career pathways.
Learn More About NIFTY
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. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.
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Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL) FAQ Webinar Link Bank
by Claire Ratcliffe Adams
Check out the resources shared  during this webinar and the recording. Learn about the upcoming 2023 Annular Eclipse and the 2024 Total Eclipse, how to sign up for free eclipse glasses for their public library, and additional resources for hosting ‘out of this world’ eclipse programming for their patrons!
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Fostering Belonging in Neurodiverse Teams
by Jessica Santascoy (SSI)
The NASA@ My Library team, along with a consultant from Happily Autistic recently provided a presentation to other NASA Science Activation groups and Science Mission Directorate teams about fostering belonging and inclusion within a team that consists of both neurodivergent and neurotypical members.
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American Library Association Annual Conference – STAR Net Activities
by Jessica Santascoy (SSI) 
The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference was a lot of fun, and we were thrilled to see many of you in person.
We’ve summarized our participation and have rounded up the activities and resources we shared.  

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STAR Net's Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries Initiative!
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Camp Landsat 2022
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NASA GLOBE Land Cover Challenge
July 26 to August 26, 2022 
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Artemis 1 Watchparty Registration 
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Our Blue Planet: Earth
Summer 2022
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