STAR Net News - September 5, 2018
STAR Net News - September 5, 2018
September 5, 2018
Registration Is Now Open!
Register your event today to start getting emails full of expert advice and free resources, and—some would say more importantly—the sooner you register, the sooner you’re eligible for one of LOA's many fantastic giveaway prizes!
This 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, October 25th.
Discover Exoplanets Workshop
Participants from 18 venues joined the Discover Exoplanets team (SSI, JPL and StSci) in preparation of their venues hosting one of the two exhibits in the next 3 years. These participants included staff from libraries, museums, universities and even a community health center! Participants practiced setting up the exhibitions, learned new hands-on activities, and heard about amazing new discoveries from a JPL exoplanet scientist!
Discover Exoplanets is part of NASA’s Universe of Learning. NASA’s Universe of Learning materials are based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Join an International Lunar Celebration!
Date: Thursday September 6, 2018
Time: 4
pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PDT
Join the STAR Net team and Vivian White of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) and NASA’s Night Sky Network (NSN) to learn about how you can make the best of this annual event through hands-on activities, subject matter experts, NASA resources, and more!
Out-of-This-World Engineering
Date: Wednesday September 26, 2018
Time: 4
pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PDT
Space isn’t just for scientists – it’s also for engineers! Join STAR Net as we take a look at some of the newest activities on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that feature engineering design challenges with a space science theme. As we create rockets and rovers, we’ll be following the engineering design process: think, build, test, and do it again. Come and learn how you can make your 2018 and 2019 STEM programs blast off!
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.
What's Up in September?
Outstanding views of the planets. Spot Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars with the naked eye. Then, set your sights beyond the solar system and take a late summertime road-trip of the constellations along the Milky Way. For star parties and astronomy events near you, visit
Hands-on STEM: Pocket Solar System
In this low-cost, eye opening activity, patrons construct a scale model of the distances between the orbits of the planets, the Asteroid Belt, and Pluto as part of the Kuiper Belt. Add a tech twist to this activity by using Google Earth or another map app to help create a sense of scale! 
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

Nature Play

By Amy Holcomb
Under the direction of Sue Teller, Children’s Librarian/Staff Artist, Skokie Public Library has been bringing informal, nature-based STEAM learning to our youngest patrons via Nature Play.

It's the End of the iWorld as We Know It

By Christina Keasler
If you own some older Apple tablets, you might have noticed a new trend when trying to download apps. At first, I thought it was really cool that I didn’t have to update my iPads every other week (take that, Apple!), and I didn’t realize what was to come.
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Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018
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Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018
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Association of Science-Technology Centers (ATSC)
Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2018
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Earth Science Week
October 14-20, 2018
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International Observe the
Moon Night

October 20, 2018
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Lights On Afterschool
October 25, 2018
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Mars InSight Landing
November 26, 2018
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