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STAR_Net News - June 2017
STAR_Net News - June 2017
June 20, 2017
Visit Us at the NASA Booth (#4051)!
NASA@ My Library will be exhibiting and providing talks at the upcoming ALA Conference in Chicago from June 22-27. Be sure to stop by the NASA booth and drop off your business card to be entered into a drawing to win a pair of sunoculars! The drawings will occur at the beginning of our Hyperwall presentations. Note: You must be present to win.
NASA@ My Library Hyperwall Presentations:
2017 Solar Eclipse: Science and Resources
Friday, June 23 | 5:40pm-5:55pm
NASA Booth # 4051
Libraries Participate in the Solar Eclipse
Saturday, June 24 | 11:30am-11:45am
NASA Booth # 4051
Hands-on Activity: Strange New Planet
Sunday, June 25 | 11:30am-11:45am
NASA Booth # 4051
NASA@ My Library session Information:
Daytime Astronomy at Your Library
Saturday, June 24 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Hyatt Regency McCormick, Grant Park/CC 12AB
High-impact STEM Events to Foster Collaboration
Sunday, June 25 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
McCormick Place, W196C
Other NASA booth participants include:
ASU/Infiniscope
Explorers Wanted: Infiniscope seeks explorers in their FREE web-based, interactive, learning experiences. Click here to visit their website for more info.
ARES Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Program
Learn how you can teach patrons about the formation of the Solar System – a story 4.56 billion years in the making – by bringing a disk with actual Moon and meteorite samples to your library! Click here to visit their website for more info.
Museum of Science & Industry to Provide a Discount for ALA Participants!
The Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago will be providing ALA conference participants a $5.00 discount towards the combination of the Museum admission ($18) and DREAM BIG film purchase ($9). Final Cost: $22. Note: To receive this discount, you will need to purchase your tickets at the ticket office (not online) and provide your ALA conference badge for verification.

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first of its kind film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

Virtual Family-friendly Presentation:
Meet a Sun Scientist!
June 21 at 6pm EDT / 5pm CDT / 3pm PDT
Get ready for the August 21st Solar Eclipse with an online presentation by NASA Astronomer, Lou Mayo. Hear where and why eclipses happen, eclipse science, and how NASA will view the eclipse from the ground, balloons, aircraft, and spacecraft. Which is hotter, the surface of the Sun, or the Earth’s core? Come find out through a family-friendly hands-on activity!
Click here to view this special event on June 21. During the event, you can tweet your questions for Lou to @gsfceducation
Hands-on STEM: How Do We Find Planets Around Other Stars?
Finding many of the planets in our Solar System isn’t too difficult – all you need is a telescope, a clear night, and patience! When looking for planets that orbit stars many light-years away, however, scientists have to use more advanced techniques. This activity explores two of these techniques, the Wobble Method and the Transit Method, by using very low-tech materials.
Check out this activity and view the how-to video and exoplanet factsheet that accompany it. Make sure to leave a review! 
STAR_Net Webinar Series

Eclipse Cultural Connections
Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Time:
3pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PT
Join Isabel Hawkins, astronomer and educator with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, CA, to learn about cultural connections for the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
Note: We are switching to a new webinar platform so
our registration process may be different than before.

Safe Eclipse Viewing
Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Time:
3pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PT
Join NCIL Staff and Doug Duncan, Director of the Fiske Planetarium at UC Boulder, to learn about ways to safely view the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
Note: We are switching to a new webinar platform so
our registration process may be different than before.

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The STAR Library Education 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 new NASA@ My Library 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, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Afterschool Alliance, Education Development Center, Datum Advisors, Cornerstones of Science, and the Pacific Science Center. 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.
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