STAR Net News - June 5, 2019
STAR Net News - June 5, 2019
June 5, 2019
As the 2019 Summer Learning Program begins at public libraries across the nation, we will be closing our Summer of Space registration. If your library hasn't signed up to be included in our newsletter, giveaway promotions and our participation map, click here to complete our online registration by June 7th.
Virginia Library Selected to Host NASA
In-flight Education Downlink Event!
Slover Library, one of the most technologically advanced libraries in Virginia, was recently selected by NASA to host a live In-flight Education Downlink from the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Christina Koch & Drew Morgan.
This downlink event, co-sponsored by the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and its NASA@ My Library program, will be streamed live nationally so that other public libraries can organize their own viewing event. 
Total Solar Eclipse: Live from Chile
On July 2nd, the Exploratorium continues its 20-year tradition of bringing live images of eclipses to you—they’re traveling to the National Science Foundation's Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile to broadcast a total solar eclipse visible overhead from parts of South America.

Experience the wonder wherever you are: enjoy their live broadcast, available in both English and Spanish as well as a telescope view only feed on the free Total Solar Eclipse iOS and Android apps and Exploratorium’s eclipse website.
Break a World Record: Sign Up for the GLOBAL Rocket Launch
Join the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and launch rockets of all kinds in 24 hours across the globe.
  • What: Launch any type of rocket
  • When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Where: Anywhere and everywhere rockets can be launched around the world
  • Why: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon
  • Who: Anyone and everyone can participate: companies, organizations or individuals
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Getting Apollo Astronauts to the
Moon and Safely Back to Earth

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Time: 3
pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary
of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Note: No registration is required for this live webcast
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.
Transmissions: Gone Viral
Now your patrons can help solve a real science mystery!
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has created an interactive, web-based comic book that explores diseases that can be spread from humans to other animals. 
Help Eduardo and the rest of the Metro City Science Mystery Team identify the mysterious virus in their backyard and save their town from an outbreak!
This project was supported by the National Institute of Genera Medical Sciences, the National Institutes of Health.
Video: June Skywatching Tips from NASA
What's up in the June sky? Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest, Mercury and Mars appear ultra-close and how you can observe the Moon's tilted orbit.
Download still images, along with the transcript and the video itself at:
Hands-on STEM: Card Flip Magic
In this hands-on, computational thinking activity, patrons use the same methods that computers use to for error detection to figure out whether one out of dozens of cards has been flipped over. Computational thinking is a great content area for STEM experiences in your library!
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

Participate in Evaluation of NASA's Summer 2019 AstroPhoto Challenge

By Colleen Manning
The evaluator for NASA’s Universe of Learning is seeking group leaders interested in facilitating NASA’s Astrophoto Challenge June/July workshop.

2019 Summer Reading Champions

By STAR Net Staff
To help inspire children to reach their full potential we have asked leaders in space exploration and Erin Teagen (author of the Luciana Vega series) to be Summer Reading Champions. Each Champion recorded a short HD video (60 – 90 seconds) introducing themselves and what they do and how public libraries have inspired them.

Be the Scientist: Tie-Dye

By Amy Holcomb
One of my favorite STEAM programs is tie-dye. This can be presented as a family drop-in event, perhaps on the library’s front lawn, or as a grade specific program. For the last Be the Scientist, we featured tie-dye as a hands-on spring event for participants in grades 3-5.
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2019 ALA  Conference
Jun. 20-25, 2019
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2019 ARSL Conference
Sep. 4-7, 2019
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2019 CAL Conference
Sep. 19-21, 2019
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All Conferences

Summer Learning Program: "A Universe of Stories"
Summer, 2019
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Live Webcast Celebration of Apollo 11 Mission 
Jul. 15, 2019
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NASA In-flight Education Downlink
August 9, 2019
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International Observe the Moon Night Celebration
Oct. 5, 2019
More Info >>
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