STAR Net News - October 2, 2019
STAR Net News - October 2, 2019
October 2, 2019
Celebrate the 20th Annual Lights on Afterschool on October 24th!
Register your event today and get emails full of expert advice! You’ll also receive an event starter kit, which includes 10 free posters to help you promote your event, and make you eligible for cool prizes each week.
This annual event is a great opportunity to showcase an afterschool or summer program that you run out of your library, highlight a partnership you already have, or begin a new partnership with an afterschool program for the first time for a Lights On Afterschool event.
Download Earth & Space Digital Toolkits!
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer digital versions of their Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits (2017 to 2020).  In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled several sets of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. 
Note: The 2020 digital toolkit will be available for download after the physical toolkits ship around January 2020.
Is Your Library Ready for International
Observe the Moon Night?
You're invited to join NASA's Astromaterials Webinar (Oct. 3rd - 3pm ET) titled, “Exploring the Moon: Past, Present & Future.” Connect with scientist John Gruener from the NASA Johnson Space Center who will share information about past, present, and future exploration of Earth’s Moon. Register Now!
International Observe the Moon Night is a world-wide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration. On October 5th, your library is invited to join this world-wide celebration by hosting an event  to look at and learn about our Moon.
To access STAR Net's programming resources, click here.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 3
pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm 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.
NASA Video: October Skywatching Tips
What's Up for October? A night for the whole world to observe the Moon and hunting for ice giants!
Join the global celebration of International Observe the Moon Night, then try to catch the ice giant planets Uranus and Neptune, which are well placed for viewing in the late night sky.
Linking In-school & Out-of-school Learning
This month, CSL (Issue 11, Part 3) continues its focus on Practical Program Evaluation. Discover how museum educators can play an active role in designing and implementing program evaluations in their own programs illustrated through a case study about a nature museum's field trips. Learn about the Urban Scholars Program, where middle school and high school students explore STEM concepts with college mentors. And consider how to conduct Learning Design Experiments, which support educational innovation and progressive refinement of learning experiences.
Hands-on STEM: Out and About
In this hands-on activity, patrons learn how to use field guides for exploring the natural world and create their own field guide for their local community. Turn it into a citizen science project by submitting your local monarch butterfly observations to the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project!
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

Celebrating 10 Years of Lunar Science, Exploration and Celestial Observation!

By Andrea Jones
10 years ago, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and its sister mission Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) entered lunar orbit. From the interest and enthusiasm at events celebrating the occasion, International Observe the Moon Night was born.

Pitch and Frequency

By Amy Holcomb
This month’s Be the Scientist program for kids in grades 3-5 returned to sound exploration like we did last Fall with the Science of Sound program. This time, we aligned it with Hispanic Heritage month to offer a suite of programs that focused on South American cultures.

STEAM Engines:
We Dig Dirt

By Caitlin Savage
What do you call a chicken who crosses the road, rolls around in the dirt, then comes back?* Alas, this particular joke went over the heads of every participant in this month’s STEAM Engines at Skokie Library, but it was the perfect entry into our discussion about dirt – or more specifically soil. Same thing, right? As it it turns out, there’s a difference, and if you ask a soil scientist, it’s pretty big!
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National Summer Learing Association

Oct. 21-23, 2019
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2019 MPLA Conference
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2019
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2019 YALSA Conference
Nov. 1-3, 2019
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International Observe the Moon Night Celebration
Oct. 5, 2019
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Lights on Afterschool 
Oct. 24, 2019
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Computer Science Education Week 
Dec. 9-15, 2019
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