STAR Net News - February 6, 2019
STAR Net News - February 6, 2019
February 6, 2019
Celebrate Engineers Week!
From the sidewalks that we walk on to the buildings that we work in, engineering is all around us. From February 17-23, your library will have a chance to learn about the importance of engineering and bring it to life for kids, educators, and parents in a week-long celebration known as Engineers Week.
During this week, your library will have the opportunity to:
  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Learn about the engineering design process through fun, hands-on activities
Get Access to Free Programming Resources for your Summer Learning Program
As we continue to move closer to this year's Summer of Learning Program, "A Universe of Stories", we are working with our partners to collect some valuable resources that your library can utilize for your summer programs.
On February 20th we will be announcing (via our "Summer of Space" email list) how your library can access our first of many programming resources, "Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters", a special tactile book for the visually impaired or blind.
If your library has not registered yet for this newsletter, please visit our "Summer of Space" webpage for more details.
Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge Offers a Fun Way to Explore the Moon
Image Credit: Dennis Wise/University of Washington
As we gear up for the Universe of Stories summer learning event and NASA’s Apollo 11 50th anniversary, NASA@ My Library and the Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline are collaborating to promote a unique engineering challenge from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, offering students the chance to land on the “Moon”. Well, a map of the Moon at least.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
More Registration Slots Opened for All Webinars!
Planning a Night Sky Viewing
at Your Library

Date: Wednesday Februrary 20, 2018
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Solar System Scale Activities
for "A Universe of Stories"

Date: Thursday March 7, 2018
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.
2019 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship Opportunity
NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The SEES project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 13-27, 2019. Participants will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided. Application deadline is March 1, 2019.
What's Up in February?
What can you see in the February sky? Stars and planets with distinct red and blue colors, like Mars and Sirius. February also brings some pretty pairings with Venus, Saturn and the Moon, and the best opportunity of the year to catch a glimpse of Mercury. We also point out locations in the sky of several destinations recently visited by NASA spacecraft.
Click here to download still images from this video, along with the transcript and the video itself.
Hands-on STEM: Let's Make a Supernova!
In this hands-on activity, participants imagine themselves inside a large star at the end of its life, just as it is about to go supernova.
Learn what happens in the core of a star when it runs out of fuel. This is a very active, engaging activity that your audience will remember.
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

Register Your Library for STAR Net's "Summer of Space"!

By STAR Net Staff
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) with its NASA@ My Library program, and NASA are working together on a virtual launch pad filled with numerous STEM resources that libraries can utilize for their celebration of space exploration as part the 2019 “A Universe of Stories” summer learning event.


By Amy Holcomb
One way we promote self-directed STEAM learning at Skokie Public Library is through our STEAM Kit collection. We have about 30 kits that cardholders can checkout for one week at a time. Here’s how we create, circulate, and promote this specialized collection.

Tinker Kids

By Christina Keasler
This summer I had my first foray into the camp format of programming. Summer camps are a big thing in our community. Kids will talk about what they’ve learned from one camp before heading off to another.
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2019 SXSW EDU Conference
Mar. 4-7, 2019
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ALA Annual Conference
Jun. 20-25, 2019
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All Conferences

Engineers Week
Feb. 17-23, 2019
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Citizen Science Day
Apr. 13, 2019
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Earth Day
Apr. 22, 2019
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Summer Learning Program: "A Universe of Stories"
Summer, 2019
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