STAR_Net News - March 2017
STAR_Net News - March 2017
February 22, 2017
Apply for Eclipse Glasses and Receive an Eclipse Education Kit
On August 21, 2017, a spectacular total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the width of the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918.  Every state will have at least 60% of the Sun covered by the Moon, and lucky people on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see the stunning beauty of totality. STAR_Net’s NASA@ My Library initiative with support from NASA, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Research Corporation, and Google, is distributing over 2 million solar viewing glasses and an Eclipse Education Kit to public libraries.
Join NASA in Celebrating Earth Day!
Host an Earth Day event to observe clouds using the GLOBE Observer app on April 22, 2017. Participating libraries will receive a FREE packet of Earth Day programming materials (on a first-come, first-served basis).
Sign up now and visit the Earth Day Resource Center for hands-on activities, handouts, and resources for creating your own library display.
Download the app from the GLOBE Observer website. Be sure to create a login using referral code earth2017 so that NASA can make a map of all the contributions from the STAR_Net community!
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Playful Building Webinars
Presenter: Christine Shupla
Library staff, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two FREE professional development webinars on the Playful Building activities. Register to participate in both webinars – or just one! – as your schedule allows.
Playful Building I: Simple Machines
Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Time: 2pm ET/1pm CT/12 MT/11am PT
This 30-minute webinar will model Team MachineWater Wedges, and Levers at Play as examples of simple machines that children can plan, design, test, and revise. Elements of the engineering design process will be explored in each.
Playful Building II: Design Challenges
Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Time: 3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT
This 90-minute webinar will explore the engineering design process through open-ended activities to design a park, a water filter, and a wind turbine. Participants will discuss various options for implementation, and share ideas in how to best conduct these programs.
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Celebrate Earth Day with NASA's GLOBE Observer
Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT
Presenters: Jessica Taylor, Sarah McCrea and Dorian Janney 
Join a NASA scientist and educators to learn:
  • Why observing clouds and sky conditions is important to NASA
  • How NASA's GLOBE Observer citizen science observations contribute to NASA science
  • How to do sky observations with the easy-to-use GLOBE Observer app: identify satellite overpass times, photograph clouds, record sky observations and compare them with NASA satellite images
  • What resources are available to support library programming on Earth Day 2017 and beyond
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Eclipse Pre-Application Webinar
Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017
3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT
Presenters: Anne Holland & Keliann LaConte
If you have not already completed your application to receive eclipse glasses, please join us with any questions about the application process, and to learn more about what your library can already be doing to prepare for the August event. If you have already completed your application, you do not need to attend this session.
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Hands-on STEM: Little Garden with
Big Connections
We belong to a complex system of interacting water, air, and land that fosters life. Help patrons connect their everyday lives and community to Earth's global systems that make life possible: create a garden! In the activity guide, Nurturing Life, find tips for making a garden-in-a-bottle to take home, as well as lists of kid-friendly plants. Adults enjoy planting cuttings to cultivate into a no-fuss houseplant. 
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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