STAR Net News - August 5, 2020
STAR Net News - August 5, 2020
August 5, 2020
STEAM Ahead @ Home Resources
As we transition back to our normal monthly newsletter, we will dedicate a special section in our newsletters to highlight the online resources in our collection.
This month we are highlighting some resources that were recently added to our Professional Development section on our STEAM Ahead @ Home website.
Museum Alliance Telecon: Aug. 6 | 4pm EDT
The story of oceans is the story of life. Oceans define our home planet, covering the majority of Earth’s surface and driving the water cycle that dominates our land and atmosphere. But more profound still, the story of our oceans envelops our home in a far larger context that reaches deep into the universe and places us in a rich family of ocean worlds that span our solar system and beyond.
Join Dr. Melissa Ugelow and Andrea Jones from the Goddard Space Flight Center to hear how NASA is studying ocean worlds throughout the Solar System, including Earth, as well as how you can participate and engage audiences in NASA’s ocean worlds science.
Join This Telecon on August 6th
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Closing the Gender Gap: Developing Gender Equitable STEAM Programs
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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 our webinars are full.
2020 Community Cloud Challenge
Join the NASA GLOBE 2020 Community Cloud Challenge! Whether your library programs have gone virtual, curbside, or you’re able to host in-person events, you can invite your patrons to discover clouds from a new perspective. We all share the same sky with a wide variety of clouds in it. This is unique opportunity to learn about clouds together.
Join soon as the challenge ends on August 15th!
2020 Mars Rover Launch
We hope your library and community had the opportunity to watch the launch live on Thursday morning. If not, below are a few resources that recap the experience for those that may have missed it.
Also, be sure to keep visiting our My Trip to Mars webpage as we get closer to the landing on February 18, 2021.
NASA Video: August Skywatching Tips
What to look for: Planet pairings and Perseids! The Moon poses with the planets, and the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What's Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available. 
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.
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, Education Development Center, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), University of Colorado, University of Virginia, Urban Libraries Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Cornerstones of Science. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
STAR Net Blogs

STEAM From Home: Soap Magic

By Caitlin Savage
Like everyone else, the question of connection looms large during this pandemic. Connection with patrons, connecting ideas – how to provide these meaningful experiences remotely?

Resource Guide: Black Lives in Astronomy

By Andrew Fraknoi
This new 8-page resource guide by astronomer/educator Andrew Fraknoi, includes written and video resources about and by 25 black astronomers, as well as general materials to examine the history and issues facing black members of the astronomical community. 

Enough Space For Us All

By Christopher Mick
I often have people come up to me after presentations to ask how they can be more involved. It is a great question, and there are so many great answers. First of all there are membership organizations.
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2020 CAL Conference
Sep. 10-12, 2020
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2020 ASTC Conference
Oct. 17-20, 2020
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Int'l Observe the Moon Night
Sep. 26, 2020
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Earth Science Week
Oct. 11-17, 2020
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2020 Total Solar Eclipse
Dec. 14, 2020
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