STAR Net News - November 6, 2019
STAR Net News - November 6, 2019
November 6, 2019
Help Celebrate Hubble's 30th Anniversary
The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting Earth for nearly three decades, capturing data and stunning images that have inspired generations.
As this iconic observatory nears its 30th anniversary, the Space Telescope Science Institute is pleased to offer a limited number of U.S. museums, science centers, planetariums, public libraries, and other organizations that wish to communicate Hubble’s science story to the public, the opportunity to participate in the national unveiling of Hubble’s 30th Anniversary image. We encourage U.S. institutions of all sizes to apply to receive a large-format Hubble 30th-anniversary image banner and accompanying interpretive materials. Application Deadline: Dec. 16, 2019.
Note: Our NASA@ My Library partners are not eligible for this particular opportunity as NASA is seeking libraries without current NASA connections. Thanks for your understanding.
Does Your Library Have Experience Participating in Citizen Science Programs?
While citizen science projects are open to anyone, not everyone has the necessary tools and support to participate. SciStarter and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University are partnering with libraries to facilitate citizen science through partnerships, programming, and the ability to lend specialized tools to patrons.
In preparation for Global Citizen Science Month (April 2020) and to share resources and best practices, SciStarter, ASU and STAR Net are collecting examples of citizen science programs, projects, kits and other resources available through libraries around the world. We invite your library to help populate our database by completing a few quick quesitons.
Cornerstones of Science Takes First Place!
NASA@ My Library partner, Cornerstones of Science, recently won a first place prize at the 2019 New England Library Association (NELA) Conference for their exhibition booth.
Congratulations to Sarah Post and the CoS team!
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 3
pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT
Imagine Your Story... with a
STEAM Twist!

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm 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.
Earn 3 Graduate Education Credits in
STEM Facilitation from Thomas College!
This online course, offered by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, is designed to help you hone your STEM facilitation skills through practice, reflection, and, collaboration. Module topics include: Asking Purposeful Questions, Developing STEM Identities and Making Career Connections, Exploring Youth Understanding in STEM, Modeling Science Practices, Giving Youth Voice and Choice, Modeling Engineering Practices.
Connect virtually every Thursday, 12:00-2:00pm, January 16-May 21, 2020 for these highly interactive, real-time, live hands-on sessions. Earn a stipend for participation in pre- and post-surveys. Enter Cohort Code: MX13ALL
NASA Video: November Skywatching Tips
What's Up for November? Highlights of the November sky include how to watch as Mercury transits the Sun on Nov. 11, plus how to observe the regular dimming and brightening of the "Demon star," Algol, with your own eyes.
Hands-on STEM: Build a Rain Gauge
In this hands-on activity, patrons learn about the water cycle and measure how much precipitation falls in their area by constructing a rain gauge. Turn this activity into a citizen science project by joining the Spotty Rain Campaign and report the precipitation data from your local area! 
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

Exploring the Lunar Surface

By Amy Holcomb
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, Be the Scientist, a STEAM program for grades 3-5, explored the lunar surface this month. This program series generally has a short slide presentation to introduce the topic and the hands on challenge. Additionally, this month we were able to feature a lunar sample disk from NASA Johnson Space Center. Here’s what we did.

Art Magic with Markers

By Luna
I’ve had the opportunity lately to do something that I haven’t been able to do in a very long time – ART! There are few things as much fun as taking brilliant colors mixing them on paper to create wonderful things.  It is important for children to have the opportunity to just play with color, and discover the the wonder of it while learning how color works and blends.  That is the very best way to learn color theory.

Robotics with Cubelets

By Luna
Over the last year or so, I’ve done a number of programs using Cubelets. For anyone unfamiliar with them, they are cube-shaped modules that connect to one another magnetically to create ‘robots.’ Each module has a single function.There’s a power Cube, that contains the rechargeable battery, and the On/Off switch. The rest are divided into ‘ Sense Cubes,’ ‘Think Cubes,’ and ‘Act Cubes.’
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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. 29-Mar. 6, 2020
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Citizen Science Month
April, 2020
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Earth Day
April 22, 2020
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