STAR Net News - September 9, 2020
STAR Net News - September 9, 2020
September 9, 2020
Tweens and STEM in the Library
Looking for ways to engage tweens in your community? Learn about how ten public library systems created and implemented STEM programs for underserved youth, ages 10-13, in ULC’s Partners for Middle School STEM Initiative. Find activities and explore how to create a STEM program for tweens, and learn more about how to be a Guide on the Side when facilitating your STEM programs!
Encourage Earth Citizen Science at Home!
STAR Net and its partners are reaching out to libraries across the U.S. to encourage their patrons to participate in Earth-related Citizen Science activities that they can safely do, both in and outside of their homes.
Opportunities, Resources and Activities:
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Culturally Responsive STEAM Programming: Engaging Latinx Communities in Rural Areas
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 4:30
pm ET / 3:30pm CT / 2:30pm MT
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.
Celebrate Our Moon on September 26th!
International Observe the Moon Night is a virtual-friendly event that your patrons can participate in at home.
Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or observe the Moon from home. Connect with fellow lunar enthusiasts around the world through the official Facebook page, Use hashtag #ObserveTheMoon on your preferred social media platform, and join the International Observe the Moon Night Flickr group. Whether outdoors, at home, online, or wherever you choose to observe, please follow local guidelines on health and safety.
NASA Video: September Skywatching Tips
What to look for: Find Fomalhaut. Looking toward the south in September, there's really only one relatively bright star for most of us who live near cities. That star is called Fomalhaut, and it's got a pretty interesting story. You can find Fomalhaut low in the south a couple of hours after sunset, to the left of the bright pair of Saturn and Jupiter.
CSL Has Moved to the New NSTA Website!
Members can now access CSL articles alongside NSTA's many other trusted teaching resources. Our new free Associate Member option provides access to four NSTA resources per month, which includes CSL articles. Click here to check out NSTA's membership options.
Visit the journal's new home on the web to read new articles about Design Thinking.
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

Virtual Community Dialogues

By Stephanie Vierow-Fields
2020 has not been the year anyone expected. In the first three months of the new year businesses were shuttered, schools closed, millions unemployed, and for libraries across the country, in-person programming ended.

Strengthen Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessiblity in STEM

By Claire Ratcliffe
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility are fundamental values in the library community. The work to strengthen these areas is necessary and ongoing and can be done at the personal level, as a team, and with our communities.

Beyond STEAM: Playing, Creating and Exploring

By Keliann LaConte
Some of us associate science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (“STEAM”) with FUN and MEANING for ourselves and our friends and family. We might imagine rockets blasting into space and the excitement of exploring the universe...
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2020 Colorado Association of Libraries Conference (CALCON)
Sep. 10-12, 2020
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2020 Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Oct. 17-20, 2020
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International 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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