STAR Net News - September 4, 2019
STAR Net News - September 4, 2019
September 4, 2019
International Observe the Moon Night
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is a worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. On October 5th, your library is invited to join this world-wide celebration by hosting an InOMN event on one day each year to look at and learn about our Moon. To access STAR Net's programming resources, click here.
Enrichment Webinar: Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Monday, September 9 at 6pm PT/9pm ET when Andrea Jones and the International Observe the Moon Night team will bring us the latest information & resources to enhance everyone's understanding of our lunar companion.
You can register for this webinar via the Zoom website.
Name The Rover Challenge
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Any K-12 student in U.S. public, private, and home schools has a chance to name the next Mars rover bound for the Red Planet in July 2020.
To enter the contest, students submit their rover name and a short essay (max 150 words) to explain the reasons why their chosen name is the best. The contest closes Nov. 1, 2019. For contest entry and details, visit the Name the Rover site.
Not a student? Teachers and other interested adults can sign up to be a judge on this page.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Ready, Set, Create! How Engineers and Libraries Can Collaborate to Make a World of Difference
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 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.
Peanuts Creates Space-themed Programming Materials to Commemorate NASA's 50th Anniversary of Apollo
In commemoration of NASA’s 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and in celebration of September’s National Literacy Month, McDonald’s and Peanuts partnered to create space-themed toys and STEM-focused books.
The books (available in English and Spanish) are included as part of the McDonald’s Happy Meals in the U.S. through mid-Sept, as well as in other McDonald’s literacy outreach.
NASA Video: September Skywatching Tips
What Can You See This Month? In this month's sky, look for lovely crescent Moons at the start and end of the month. The September equinox brings the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. And Mars is at solar conjunction, meaning it has disappeared from night skies! (When will it return?)
Hands-on STEM: Insulator Innovator
In this hands-on activity, patrons explore the important role that materials engineers play in developing and testing every piece of equipment (including spacesuits) that astronauts use! Patrons then go through the design thinking process by testing various materials and creating a water bottle holder.
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

Public Libraries Are Ideal Venues for Teen Science Cafés

By Michelle Hall and Michael Mayhew
A teen science café brings high school teens together in a social setting to have a lively conversation with a scientist on some interesting and timely topic. In a teen café program, teens organize all aspects of it with the help of an adult mentor, and hands-on learning activities allow teens to interact one-on-one with the presenter and reveal more about the presenter’s work.

Evaluating STEAM Experiences

By Amy Holcomb
Earlier this month I participated in a forum about library makerspaces and how we evaluate engagement and measure success. Since my library’s equivalent of a makerspace is STEAM focused, I used my time at the forum to reflect on how I have been evaluating the BOOMbox and related STEAM programming for youth.

Thank you, NASA!

By Luna
I want to begin today by apologizing for having disappeared for a while. My disappearance wasn’t by choice, but sharing my story does give me the opportunity to celebrate NASA, and everything it has accomplished over the last several decades. So, for any one who is curious, here’s the story of my spring and summer...
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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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Sep. 21-24, 2019
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International Observe the Moon Night Celebration
Oct. 5, 2019
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Oct. 24, 2019
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