STAR Net News - November 10, 2020
STAR Net News - November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020
Tell Us: How Do YOU Like To Learn?
Over the past three years, the National Science Foundation-funded Project BUILD has brought together children, their families, librarians, and professional engineers in STEM learning experiences. Children in grades 2-5 were asked to rate their preferences on different types of activities, such as care-taking, discovering, and creating/making. The University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development would like to learn more about the different types of learning activities that you enjoy as an individual. To provide context, they are also interested in learning about your professional role at your library in providing STEM learning experiences, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Library staff are invited to complete this brief (10-minute) survey by Thursday, December 3, 2020.
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New Community Dialogue Resources to Support Equity in Your Library
The STAR Net team has been hard at work gathering resources to support Community Dialogues (including virtual dialogues during COVID) from around the informal education world. Consider these new resources a sneak peak of the new STAR Net Community Dialogue site that’s coming soon. 
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Culturally Responsive STEAM Programming: Engaging Latinx Communities in Rural Areas
Recorded Date: September 15, 2020
Closing the Gender Gap: Developing Gender Equitable STEAM Programs
Recorded Date: September 1, 2020
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 our webinars are full.
NASA Needs Help with the Artemis Missions!
NASA is recruiting students and educators for the WEAR Challenge. The opportunity gives middle and high school students the task to design wearable radiation countermeasures for deep space exploration. Protecting Artemis astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events (SPE) is important to exploration. You and your team can join the challenge and participate in NASA’s exploration of deep space. The top proposals receive invitations to participate in a special student symposium. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register by December 1, 2020.
During the challenge, teams participate in webinars to learn more about deep space radiation and the development of countermeasures.
Reminder: Special Grant Opportunity for Small and Rural Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities.
Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Grants will be awarded in two waves in 2020 and 2021.
Applications will be accepted from Sept. 21 to Dec. 2, 2020.
NASA Video: November Skywatching Tips
What to look for: Cool autumn evenings are a great time to look for the Pleiades star cluster. You'll also have a couple of great opportunities to observe the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn. Plus, check out the phenomenon known as Earthshine.
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, University of Virginia, Urban Libraries Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Cornerstones of Science. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
STAR Net Blogs

Virtualizing Your Programs and Activities

By the Maine Mathmatics and Science Alliance
Have you felt like remote learning during COVID-19 has been hectic and stressful? You are not alone and it doesn’t have to feel that way going forward.

A Chill in the Air and Color in the Trees

By Luna
There’s been a bit of a chill in the air the last week or so, a frequent thumping on the roof of pecans falling out of the tree in the yard...  Autumn is here.

A Magnetic Attraction

By Christopher Mick
If you are al all like me, you have been revisiting how to best present STEAM programming in the current COVID-19 environment.

STEAM Engines from Home: Catapults!

By Caitlin Savage
Moving our STEAM Engines programming to an online, recorded format has been a treat and a learning experience as we struggle to find relatable, interesting content for kids each month.
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2020 AGU Fall Meeting
Dec. 1-17, 2020
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Jan. 22-26, 2021
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Computer Science Education Week
Dec. 7-13, 2020
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Total Solar Eclipse
Dec. 14, 2020
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Engineers Week
Feb. 21-27, 2021
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