STAR Net News - May 8, 2018
STAR Net News - May 8, 2018
May 8, 2018
NASA Launches Newest Mission to Mars!
On Saturday, May 5th, NASA successfully launched the InSight Lander spacecraft on a six-month journey to Mars! Once NASA InSight lands on November 26th, it will spend its time getting to know the heart of the Red Planet. Using its unique tools, the spacecraft will conduct Mars’ first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago.
Libraries and Engineers:
Who Knew It Could Be So Much Fun?

By Brooks Mitchell, Education Coordinator
The best and the brightest of the library world came together with the best and the brightest of the civil engineering world in Denver, Colorado for the Project BUILD Workshop this April. I had the privilege of helping organize this event and, as is usual when working with librarians, feel that I learned just as many lessons as the workshop attendees! >">Read more >>
STAR_Net Webinar Series
The Parker Solar Probe Launch:
How Will Your Library Be Involved?

Date: Thursday May 17, 2018
Time: 3
pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PDT
Join Space Science Institute's Brooks Mitchell and Dr. Paul Dusenbery to learn all about NASA's first mission to "touch" the Sun and ways that your library can be involved. 
Reaching New Audiences with Community Dialogues
Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018
Time: 4
pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PDT
In this webinar, participants will learn more about this innovative strategy, and hear from public library staff who have made positive changes to their practice based on results from their own Dialogues.
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.
Connected Science Learning - Issue 6
This month, CSL (Issue 6, Part 1) focuses on STEM Learning Through Citizen Science Experiences. Learn how Students Discover allows students to participate in citizen science projects that have been codeveloped by classroom teachers and research scientists, and be sure to checkout their new column, The Engaged Scientist, that highlights science-based professionals that participate in STEM learning efforts.
Hands-on STEM: Solar Energy
Summer reading is right around the corner and things are heating up outside! Why not put these two events together by pairing a story about the Sun with a fun STEM activity like Solar Energy? In this activity, participants explore the relationship between color and heat absorption by painting bottles different colors and placing them outside in the sun. Attach balloons to the top of the bottles to help patrons understand that more hot air equals more air pressure!   
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 new NASA@ My Library and Project BUILD 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.
Latest Blogs

Citizen Science at the Library: Science Action Club

By Luna
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to take part in a great program sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences. It’s called the Science Action Club.

Dissecting Owl Pellets

By Amy Holcomb
In our most recent family science program, we featured owl pellet dissection. This allowed for hands on science exploration for youth in grades K-5 with a grownup using tools and resources to mimic scientists in the field. Here’s what we did.


By Amy Holcomb
With the weather finally warming up, we decided to focus our latest STEM program on something fun and practical: vermicomposting!
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American Library Association (ALA)
June 21-26, 2018
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Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018

Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ATSC)
Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2018
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Summer Reading Program - Theme: Music, Slogan: Libraries Rock
Summer, 2018
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Parker Solar
Probe Launch
July/August, 2018
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International Observe the
Moon Night

October 20, 2018

Lights On Afterschool
October 25, 2018

Mars InSight Landing
November 26, 2018
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