STAR Net News - March 19, 2021 - Friday Edition
STAR Net News - March 19, 2021 - Friday Edition
March 19, 2021

SciStarter Citizen Science Grant for Libraries!
Anyone, anywhere can plan a Citizen Science Month program or effort, but we have a new opportunity for additional support! Libraries and library systems are invited to submit applications for the Citizen Science Month (CSM) Mini Grants of $5,000 to increase awareness of and engagement in Citizen Science Month events and supplemental programs. $5,000 grants will be awarded to thirteen U.S. libraries or library systems. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply in a recent blog post.
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Coaching and Professional Learning Opportunity: Facilitating STEM Learning by Asking Purposeful Questions

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is designed for educators who have some experience facilitating STEM learning and would like to grow in their practice within a supportive group of other educators. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends available. Learn more at
Sessions meet on Tuesdays from 10 AM - 12 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on March 23rd, April 13th, and May 4th. Register at
STAR Net Webinar Series:

Celebrate Citizen Science Month with SciStarter and STAR Net

Date: Tuesday, March 30th
Time: 2 pm ET/1 pm CT/12 pm MT/11 am PT
Title: Celebrate Citizen Science Month with SciStarter and STAR Net
Hundreds of libraries across the country are community hubs for citizen science. Yours can be, too! Citizen science connects communities to real scientific data through engaging projects that help make the world a better place. We will be hearing from library staff about their citizen science experiences and having a live chat about ways your community can get involved. Come with questions and walk away with resources and tips to support a citizen science project at your library!
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.
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

It's Going to Get Better and Better

by Christopher Mick
I know the internet is awash in coverage of the Perseverance Rover’s recent successful landing on Mars on 2/18/21. 
Read The Blog

Engineering Program Toolkit

by Brooks Mitchell
Project BUILD team members and partner libraries have developed a wide range of resources to support library staff . 
Read The Blog

2021 ALA Annual Conference - Virtual
Jun. 23-29, 2021
Conference Info
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