STAR Net News - December 5, 2019
STAR Net News - December 5, 2019
December 5, 2019
Launching Next Week!
Our newest public engagement campaign, Our Planet: EARTH, will focus on sustainability during April 2020 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Stay tuned for details on this special event campaign.
Celebrate CSED Week from Dec. 9th-15th
Computer Science Education Week is an annual program started in 2009 to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of computing in all careers and to underscore the importance of computer science education for people of all ages.
Click here to learn more about this event.
Engineers Week Coming Soon!
Celebrate Engineers Week (Be a Pioneer of Progress) from Feb. 16-22, 2020 with some great resources from STAR Net.
Webinar Recordings:
Visit our Engineers Week page for more resources.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
How Public Libraries Can Bridge the Middle School STEM Gap
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 12
pm ET / 11am CT / 10am MT / 9am PT
Note: This webinar is being hosted by Urban Libraries Council (ULC)
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.
Connected Science Learning
This month, CSL (Issue 12, Part 2) continues its focus on STEM Mindset. Find out how you can help students work through failure in maker education courses. Learn how the Teen Science Café Network encourages youth to take ownership of their STEM education as they build leadership skills. Read highlights from CAISE's recent study on current thinking and research around the formation of STEM identity and interest in STEM learning.
NASA Video: December Skywatching Tips
What's Up for December? December starts off with a lovely string of pearls — with Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the crescent Moon forming a lineup at dusk on December 1st.
Hands-on STEM:
Life on Mars? Nurturing Life
In this hands-on activity, patrons consider the requirements of living things and compare the surface of Mars to that of Earth as they plant gardens. Try using the illustrated instructions to turn it into a passive program or to assist ESL participants! 
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: Falling for You

By Caitlin Savage
As it often does in the Midwest, the fall began in all its resplendence – sun shining through the foliage, colors changing majestically, a cozy crispness in the air. And then it snowed. A lot. And it stuck, leaving us incongruously with deep snow and trees full of not-quite-changed leaves.


By Amy Holcomb
November programs at Skokie Public Library focused on food in a variety of ways. On Mondays, we provided an International Snack Cart showcasing local restaurants and continued our Be the Chef workshop series. To align with this theme, Be the Scientist, a hands-on STEAM program for grades 3-5, featured vermicomposting this month. Here’s what we did.
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AGU Conference
Dec. 9-13, 2019
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Computer Science Education Week 
Dec. 9-15, 2019
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Engineers Week
Feb. 16-22, 2020
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Citizen Science Month
April, 2020
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Earth Day
April 22, 2020
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