STAR Net News - August 26, 2021
STAR Net News - August 26, 2021
August 26, 2021

From Our Town to Moon, Mars and Beyond Exhibit Application Webinar

The Space Science Institute is pleased to announce a new exhibit opportunity for public libraries. 'From Our Town to Moon, Mars and Beyond' will launch in March 2022, traveling to 8 libraries across the country. All public and tribal libraries are welcome to apply. Please register for a pre-application webinar to learn more about this opportunity, ask questions, and meet the project team. The application will open on September 15th, and be due November 15th.

Come Look Up! With STAR Net!

STAR Net’s Look Up: Explore Our Universe campaign is a celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope mission! Set to launch between October 1 and November 30th, we're teaming up with the American Library Association, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Education Development Center, NASA’s Universe of Learning program, and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to bring you everything launch related!

Public libraries across the U.S. and beyond are invited to participate in this year-long campaign and take advantage of the many resources available on the campaign website. Resources include STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearingho
use activities, videos, images, a media toolkit, live streaming events, connection to subject matter experts, and more!  

Activity of the Month: the Wacky Craft Stick Musical Instrument

August 15th marks the 125th birthday of Leon Theremin, inventor of one of the first mass produced electronic instruments, the theremin. If you’ve ever heard the eerie music of the Doctor Who theme song or the ghostly background wails in “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys, you’re familiar with the distinct spooky sounds a theremin makes. This month, invite your patrons to put themselves in the shoes of Leon Theremin by making their own musical instruments with this month’s Hands-on STEM activity, the Wacky Craft Stick Musical Instrument. Instructions and a how-to video can be found at the link below!

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. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.
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Look Up! Featured Activity – Make a Pinwheel Galaxy 

by Beatrice Chavez
Celebrate the upcoming launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope using a new Toolkit of five interactive activities. This month’s featured activity is Make a Pinwheel Galaxy. 
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Landers and Landers and Egg Drops, Oh My!

by Christopher Mick
Some of you may have heard in the news recently that NASA named SpaceX as the winner of its recent lunar lander design solicitation for returning astronauts to the surface of the Moon in the next few years.
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STEAM Engines: Da Vinci Bridge

by Caitlin Savage
A few years back, as the Youth Services department was thinking about programs and play opportunities for the library, I attended this talk about the benefits of nature play for children.
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