Subscribe to our email list
STAR Net News - January 11, 2023
STAR Net News - January 11, 2023
January 11, 2023

NASA Inspires Futures for Tomorrow’s Youth (NIFTY) Project Announcement 

The STAR Library Network is looking for 15 libraries in Tennessee, California, Minnesota, and Arizona, to take part in the NIFTY Project to connect youth (ages 9-14) with NASA role models in library programs. Girls and youth of color display high interest, confidence, and ability in STEM, but face multiple barriers including the intersectionality of racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes, low or no exposure to STEM role models, and low awareness of STEM fields and career pathways. NIFTY aims to broaden participation of youth (ages 9-14) in STEM, with a critical focus on girls and other historically excluded genders in STEM. 

Libraries selected for the NIFTY Project will receive: 

  • $5,000 stipend 
  • Professional development in research-based gender equitable and culturally responsive instructional strategies, including the use of role models that validate and uplift youth learners 
  • Support in connecting with NASA professionals to serve as role models in library programs 
  • STEM activities and materials to support library programs 
Learn more about NIFTY and how to apply

Due to overwhelming demand, the application deadling has been extended to January 13th, 2023!

New Exhibit Opportunity for Libraries!
Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds Application Now open!

The Space Science Institute is pleased to announce a free NASA exhibit for public libraries. The next tour of ‘Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds’ will launch in June 2023, traveling to 9 libraries across the country. All public and tribal libraries are welcome to apply. The application will close January 13th, 2023.

To prepare you for the application, the project team hosted a Pre Application Webinar on December 20th. The recording, slides, and application rubric can all be found in the link below!
Application closes Friday
Click Here to Learn More About This Opportunity

Free webinar: Planning for Citizen Science Month

February 1st at 12 pm 

Join this SciStarter professional development for libraries to gain citizen science ideas and resources ranging from simple book displays, to staff and community training, to activities featuring turnkey citizen science projects, to online or in-person events with subject matter experts. 
Register here
“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).
Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NASA Office of STEM Engagement, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.
STAR Net Blogs
STEAM Engines: Tornadoes and Vortexes, Oh My!
by Caitlin Savage with Skokie Public Library
Check out a STAR Net Community Member Caitlin Savage's blog on their library's most popular topics, extreme weather! Read about how this library helps their community arm themselves with knowledge around what can be a scary topic.
Read The Blog
Make Your Own Image of the Pillars of Creation with NASA’s.
by Stephanie Vierow-Fields (SSI)
Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own images of the iconic Pillars of Creation and the broader Eagle Nebula in which they reside. The NASA’s  provides learners of all familiarity levels authentic experiences using real astrophysics data, including those from NASA space-based missions. 
Read The Blog
Learn all about Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries at our virtual trainings!
by Dillon Connelly (SSI)
STAR Net’s SEAL project is creating hands-on activity guides, science resources, and giving away free solar viewing glasses for the annular solar eclipse in 2023 and the total solar eclipse in 2024. We’ll review the SEAL project, go over the contents of the circulating solar viewing kits, demonstrate a hands-on activity, and more!
Read The Blog

STAR Net's Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries Initiative!
Event Info
Follow Us!
Click on the icons below to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
powered by emma