STAR Net News - December 5, 2018
STAR Net News - December 5, 2018
December 5, 2018
Have You Visited our STEM Activity Clearinghouse Lately?
On our STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find nearly 200 high quality, vetted STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting.
Users can sort and filter activities using many different parameters – including cost, difficulty, age level, and content area – and can utilize valuable how-to training videos, related bibliographies, and multimedia resources for many of the activities. Be sure to check out the Universe of Stories Clearinghouse Collection, which features 81 activities that would be useful for the 2019 Summer Reading Theme.
STAR Net Welcomes Newest Team Member!
With recent experience working in Special Events for Disney Event Group at Walt Disney World as well as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Stephanie Vierow-Fields joined the NCIL team as an Education Coordinator in November of 2018, where she will begin working as a liaison with project partners to build relationships and proactively determine needs.
For more information on Stephanie's background and past experiences, please visit out Project Staff page.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Resource Overview for "A Universe of Stories"
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2018
Time: 4
pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PDT
Looking for activities, websites, how-to videos, training, and more for the 2019 Summer Reading Theme? Join the STAR Library Network for an overview of vetted, free resources available through NASA, the STAR Library Network, and the STEM Activity Clearinghouse. Presenters will walk you through how to find, access, and sort through – remember, availability doesn’t always equal accessibility! – these resources and offer guidance on how your library can best utilize them!
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.
What's Up in December?
This December brings the Geminids, a comet and a fond farewell. You can see the Geminid meteor shower peak Dec. 13-14, with best viewing from dark sky locations after midnight local time. This is Jane Houston Jones' final episode of "What's Up," which she has written and hosted since 2007.
For star parties and astronomy events near you, visit
Hands-on STEM: Eggstronaut Drop
Give the classic “Egg Drop” activity a Space Science twist with Eggstronaut Drop. In this activity, patrons protect their “Eggstronauts” from a hard landing by constructing safe landing pods from recyclable materials. Check out our recording of the Out-of-this-World Engineering webinar to see this activity in action!
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.
STAR Net Blogs

Exploring Music

By Amy Holcomb
This fall our STEAM space, the BOOMbox, is exploring music. Every two weeks, we focused drop-in experiences on a different aspect of music, from physics to history to genres. We used a variety of tools and resources for hands-on learning, experimentation, and exploration, largely engaging learners in grades 2-7. Here are some of the focus areas and related activities we featured.

Merge Cubes

By Christina Keasler
There’s a lot of hubbub about AR
and VR lately. Unfortunately, a lot
of this technology is financially unreasonable for many educators. That is, until the Merge Cubes were invented. It was originally made from a discarded yoga mat – and kind of still seems like it.
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2019 Engineers Week
Feb. 17-23, 2019
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