STAR Net News - March 6, 2019
STAR Net News - March 6, 2019
March 6, 2019
Celebrate Citizen Science Day!
Citizen Science Day (presented by SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association) kicks off on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Hundreds of events will be held throughout the world, and there are many ways your library can participate!
SciStarter has developed numerous printable resources designed specifically for libraries, and a comprehensive LIbrarian's Guide to Citizen Science. This guide will help your library navigate the rapidly changing landscape, access resources, learn about projects and programs, and explore a menu of opportunities to bring citizen science to your library.
New "Summer of Space" Resources!
We have recently completed the development of a dedicated Media Took Kit for our "Summer of Space" campaign that libraries can now utillze in the promotion of their summer learning programs to their community.
This comprehensive took kIt includes a variety of media templates for social media, press releases and other useful communications. Additionally, we are providing a set of logos and graphics (in a variety of formats), including our new "Summer of Space" logo/graphic that can be used in your library's promotional materials including flyers, posters, t-shirts, social meda and more.
Teens Participate in a National
Challenge at Public Libraries
STAR Net’s Summer of Space in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Learning Program’s A Universe of Stories, invites libraries to participate in a national STEM challenge designed for the hard to reach tween/teen age group. The Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline (at the Univ. of Washington, in Seattle) is the lead organization.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Solar System Scale Activities
for "A Universe of Stories"

Date: Thursday March 7, 2019
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Mars in May
Date: Thursday May 2, 2019
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
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 are webinars are full.
March Skywatching Tips from NASA
What can you see in the March sky? Jupiter and other planets in the morning, the start of spring with the spring equinox and viewing an open star cluster called the Beehive.
Click here to watch the video, download still images, read the full transcript and get additional resources.
Youth Art Competition
What will poeple do on the Moon? Why is it important?
50 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, we plan to stay and set our sights on bigger dreams. We are calling on the generation who will take the next giant steps into space to shape our ideas for the future.
Who: 10-18 years old anywhere in the world
What: Express yourself through visual, literary, musical and video art
When: Submit your entry by April 30, 2019 at 11:59 US CT
Why: Make your voice heard. Win and have your artwork displayed and performed worldwide!
Connected Science Learning
This month, CSL (Issue 9, Part 2) continues its focus on Introducing Youth to STEM Careers. Read about the innovative program Imagine Your STEM Future, in which girls work on STEM activities while receiving support from working female scientists and engineers. Find out how a capstone experience for high school seniors was designed to create STEM career pathways. Plus, learn about the National Girls Collaborative Project's efforts to provide an inclusive space for those dedicated to moving the needle on gender equity in STEM.
Hands-on STEM: Big Dipper Star Clock
Participants create a "star clock" that they can take home and use to tell the time from the posisiton of the Big Dipper in the night sky. Keeping track of the positions of constellations with the Star clock will help them visually understand the relationship between the constellations' changing positions and our concept of passing time.
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. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library and Project BUILD 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.
STAR Net Blogs

The Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Program

By Emma Marcucci and Holly Ryer
Research shows that out-of-school-time programs play an important role in supporting learning experiences and shaping youth identity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Young learners (particularly girls) who participate in STEM activities outside of school are more likely to say they will pursue STEM subjects later in their education.

LED LIght Up Cards

By Amy Holcomb
This month we combined card-making with circuitry for our latest Be the Scientist program for grades 3-5. We facilitated this program near Valentine’s Day thinking it would help spark interest. Here’s what we did.
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2019 SXSW EDU Conference
Mar. 4-7, 2019
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ALA Annual Conference
Jun. 20-25, 2019
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Citizen Science Day
Apr. 13, 2019
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Earth Day
Apr. 22, 2019
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Summer Learning Program: "A Universe of Stories"
Summer, 2019
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