STAR_Net News - May 2017
STAR_Net News - May 2017
May 10, 2017
Our Application Period for Free Eclipse Glasses in Now Closed
Thanks to all of the libraries that have expressed interest in sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience with their communities. If your library has successfully completed an application but has not received a confirmation email by May 15th, please contact Anne Holland to check your status.
Once we have determined how many kits have been sent out, we may re-open the application to fill any remaining slots. To be notified if more slots become available, be sure to stay tuned to our email announcements and Facebook page.
Young tech makers. Credit: Louisville Public Library
The National Science Foundation Funds Project BUILD
The Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), in partnership with the University of Virginia (UVA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), was awarded a $1.1 million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and implement a 3-year program, called Project BUILD (Building Using an Interactive Learning Design).
This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program at the National Science Foundation to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).
STAR_Net Webinar Series

NASA Partnerships in Your Own Backyard
Partnership Opportunities and Success Stories from the Night Sky Network and Solar System Ambassadors
Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
3pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PT
Join us to learn more about two NASA supported volunteer networks who are eager to partner with local public libraries!
The Night Sky Network and Solar System Ambassadors are volunteer organizations who can provide free or low cost programming to libraries in their region. Members of these networks include current and former NASA employees, industry retirees (Ball, Lockheed, etc), science teachers, and other general science enthusiasts! Participants in this webinar will learn more about these networks, hear success stories from existing library partnerships, and even learn how they can join these networks.
Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation 
email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Libraries for the 21st Century:
It's a Family Thing

Libraries provide families a welcoming environment in which to learn, to connect with other parents, and to find other community resources that can help them thrive. 
With generous funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Global Family Research Project team partnered with the Public Library Association (PLA) to explore family engagement in children’s learning through libraries.
Hands-on STEM: Art and the Cosmic Connection
Participants become artist explorers as they use elements of art – line, color, texture, shape, and value — to analyze Earth, Mars, moons, or other worlds. View how-to videos for tips and techniques for using pastels in this activity, and find presentation slides, notes, and space and Earth images to help you facilitate this flexible activity.
Check out this activity on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse to download the free resources.
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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