STAR Net News - January 8, 2020
STAR Net News - January 8, 2020
January 8, 2020
Is Your Library Ready to Make a Difference This Year?
Don't forget to register for STAR Net's Our Planet: EARTH campaign. Like our Summer of Space campaign, we'll be providing numerous benefits that will assist your library in taking action for a sustainable world!
  • Monthly newsletter announcing resources & opportunities for Citizen Science Month & Earth Day
  • A webpage curated with the best resources
  • A private Facebook group page to share ideas and resources with other librarians NEW!
  • Automatic entry for chances to win books and more
Note: The first 2000 registrants will receive a copy of our popular Planets to Planets game.
NASA Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
To celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, GLOBE Observer is hosting a month-long citizen science challenge in April 2020. Volunteers are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. Libraries are invited to incorporate the challenge into their Earth Day planning and attend a February 19 webinar (Save the Date!) to learn more about tree science and the resources available to support your programs.

Help Celebrate Hubble's 30th Anniversary

Apply to participate in the national unveiling of Hubble's 30th Anniversary image. Get Details >>
Solar System Exploration Public
Engagement Institute: February 4-5
Appy for this free 2-day institute, which incorporates presentations by planetary scientists and a variety of hands-on activities and resources for engaging public audiences.
All who conduct programs for children or the public are welcome to apply, including museum staff, planetarians, librarians, camp program facilitators, scout leaders, NASA Solar System Ambassadors, educators, and more!

Engineers Week: Be a Pioneer of Progress

Celebrate Engineers Week from Feb. 16-22, 2020 with some great resources from STAR Net.
Enter NASA's AstroPhoto Challenges
Make your own festive galaxy by joining NASA's Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create you own beautiful image of the iconic starburst galaxy M82. This event runs through February.
Read our blog for more details.

Women's History Month - March, 2020

Celebrate Women's History Month with programming resources from Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Grappling with Unconscious Bias in the Library Setting
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 3
pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT 
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 are webinars are full.
Free ACRES Training to Support "Guide on the Side" Facilitation
STAR Net has discoverd some great, free resources through The Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators (ACRES) project at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). These courses would support some of the "Guide on the Side" style facilitation that you've learned about and are hopefully implementing in your programs. Our professional development team recommends the "Modeling Science Practices" 2-hour course as particularly useful.

Download the flyer for more information. For questions, contact Kate Cook at
Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Encourage your younger patrons (grades 5-12) to become NASA scientists as they examine Uranus' moon, Mimas, Neptune's moon, Triton and Pluto’s moon, Charon and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. After researching the options, students write an essay explaining their choice. Entries due Feb 20th.
NASA Video: January Skywatching Tips
What's Up for January? Morning meteors make an appearance on Jan. 4, Mars meets its "rival" (the bright star Antares) and the Moon comes around for another visit with Venus late in the month.
Hands-on STEM: Recipe for a Region
What warms your spirits up during these cold winter months…a delicious, home-cooked meal! Try this tasty hands-on STEM activity where participants consider the way climate makes their region of the United States unique, and choose a regional meal best suited to the climate of that location. 
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. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through STAR Net's NASA@ My Library program!
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, Afterschool Alliance, Education Development Center, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Cornerstones of Science. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
STAR Net Blogs

STEAM Engines: You Won't See Me

By Caitlin Savage
A conversation about superpowers during a STEAM Engines (Skokie Library’s K-2 science club) program on the science of flight culminated in a split vote. Me: flight – I mean COME ON – vs. the kids: invisibility, which naturally meant that our next program would have to be about being invisible. It’s a real bonus when the kids are excited about the subject matter, and to be fair, I was too...

Ocean Acidification

By Amy Holcomb
This month’s Be the Scientist program for grades 3-5 focused on a single experiment about ocean acidification. It’s been a little while since we provided a more STEM based program where everyone follows along with specific instructions... Here’s what we did.
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235th AAS Meeting
Jan. 4-8, 2020
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2020 SXSW EDU Conference
Mar. 13-22, 2020
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2020 ALA Annual Conference
Jun. 25-30, 2020
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Engineers Week
Feb. 16-22, 2020
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Women's History Month
March, 2020
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Citizen Science Month
April, 2020
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Earth Day
April 22, 2020
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