STAR Net News - November 2017
STAR Net News - November 2017
November 1, 2017
2018 Exploration Series - Expanding Human Presence Deeper into the Solar System
Starting in January 2018, the Communication Team for NASA's Human Exploraton and Operations Mission Directorate will begin a year-long series of monthly topics focusing on extending human presence in the solar system.
This yearlong series will be broken down into monthly topics and each topic will include topic themed outreach materials that can be used in your institution’s programs and exhibits.   
To participate, your library will need to join the NASA Museum Alliance to get access to this information and related materials.
2018 Programming Opportunities
From Engineers Week to the launch of the NASA's InSight Mars Lander, 2018 has an abundance of high-profile events that could tie into your library's programming... and the time to start planning is now!
The STAR Net team will be providing resources to support your programming plans for all of these events. This includes an event page on with activities and resources, webinars, and other opportunities. Be sure to register for our December 13th webinar which will provide background information on the events below.
2018 is the year that #STEMinLib really blasts off!
New Exhibition Opportunity from NCIL
The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) is seeking eight library and museum partner sites to host the inaugural national tour of the interactive traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths. Public libraries and small museum partners in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underrepresented groups are especially invited to apply. 
Applications must be completed and received by no later than 11:59pm on January 5, 2018. Also, stay tuned for a registration announcemnt for the pre-application webinar which will be held on December 6, 2017.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Hands-on Fun with STAR Net!
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
3pm EST / 2pm CST / 1pm MST / 12pm PST
Hunting for activities for your library’s next STEM program? Look no further! Hands-on Fun with STAR Net will highlight several different hands-on activities from the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that were designed with the library setting in mind. Whether you are new to STEM programming or are already a “STEM Superstar”, we hope you will join us for tips, techniques, and loads of fun!
For those that are unable to attend the live webinar, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation.
Social Media Tips from NASA
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 3
pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PT
STAR Net is thrilled to host Jason Townsend, NASA’s Deputy Social Media Manager, for this upcoming webinar. Jason will pilot you through the universe of social media and share tips, advice, and lessons that he has learned from his experience directing some of the most-followed Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts in the world. While your library’s Twitter account may not have 26.5 million followers, you will surely learn a few tips to help your library’s social media presence blast off!
For those that are unable to attend the live webinar, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation.
STEM Events for Your
Library's 2018 Programming

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 3
pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PT
Join the STAR Net team as we provide background information on 2018's high-profile STEM events and unique ideas and helpful resources for integrating them into your programming schedule. Bring your questions and programming ideas to the chat box, too - we want to hear what your library is planning and what has worked successfully in the past.
For those that are unable to attend the live webinar, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation.

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Eclipse Project Results Summary
The 2017 Eclipse Project, conceived by three astronomers (Andrew Fraknoi, Dennis Schatz, and Douglas Duncan), paved the way to the single largest distribution of free eclipse glasses in the United States.
Now dubbed as the "Super Bowl of Eclipses", public libraries played a key role in the success of the event by helping to distribute nearly 2.1 million pairs of eclipse glasses to their communities in addition to conducting nearly 35,000 science programs before and after the eclipse. Congratulations to all participating libraries!
"Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant is Now Open!
ALSC and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant.
This $3,000 grant, made possible by Candlewick Press in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, will go to a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.
Applications are being accepted through December 1, 2017.
Hands-on STEM: Edible Destruction
Earthquakes can be very scary, but learning about them doesn’t have to be - in fact, it can even be tasty! In Edible Destruction, participants first build a “shake table” using balls, cardboard, and rubber bands. Next, participants use edible ingredients to build an earthquake-resistant structure that is then tested on the shake table. Design. Build. Test. Repeat. Eat!
This is a brand new activity, so we would greatly appreciate your reviews on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse!  
The STAR Library Education 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 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.
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