STAR Net News - December 2, 2020
STAR Net News - December 2, 2020
December 2, 2020
Computer Science Education Week
Celebrate the innovations of computer science by joining Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2020. This is a global event to inspire our patrons to learn more about the field and to advocate for equity in computer science education.
Not doing in-person coding clubs? Brush up on your own coding skills with these self-guided coding tutorials.
Celebrate Engineers Week: February 21-27
COVID-19 has laid bare the critical work of engineers in creating a world safe from pandemics, climate change, cyber-attacks, and other daunting global challenges. Engineers Week (hosted by DiscoverE) is a time to celebrate their important work and engage the next generation of innovators. Even with social distancing, you can make a difference.
During this week, your library will have the opportunity to:
  • Be a virtual role model
  • Celebrate engineers and their contributions
  • Share Chats with Change Makers
Save the Date: Perseverance Rover Landing
Perseverance will touch down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at approximately 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST). 
Landing on Mars is challenging. Only about 40 percent of the missions ever sent to Mars – by any space agency - have been successful. Perseverance is only the fifth rover to attempt landing on Mars. Will your library's patrons be watching?
Tune in to NASA's Watch Online page for viewing information.
Webinar Opportunity: December 15 | 2pm ET
Computational thinking (CT) is now a recognized 21st century literacy that even young children need exposure to.
This webinar is for libraries interested in CT programming for families. It presents seminal work conducted by public media, libraries, researchers, and CT experts to determine what CT skills 4- and 5-year-olds are capable of, develop resources to support those skills, and pilot family engagement in libraries. 
STAR_Net Webinar Series
STEAM Learning in Public Libraries: A "Guide on the Side" Approach for Inclusive Learning
Recorded Date: October 22, 2020
Community Dialogues to Support Equitable Programming, Access, and Action in YOUR Library
Recorded Date: October 29, 2020
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.
Webinar Opportunity: December 17 | 6:30 PT
Two Eyed Seeing: Mayan Astronomy & NASA Moon to Mars
Please join Native Skywatchers for a live (virtual) show featuring Mayan Indigenous Astronomy, presented by: Gerardo Aldana, Andrea Carrillo, Annette S. Lee, Andrea Medina, and Graciela Rodriguez. Supporting organizations are Native Skywatchers, NASA, and the Chicano Studies Institute at UC Santa Barbara.
Lead educators are Andrea Carrillo and Graciela Rodriguez from Adelante Charter School in Santa Barbara, California.
Survey Reminder: Don't Forget to Let Us Know How YOU Like to Learn
Library staff are invited to complete a brief 10-minute survey about the different types of learning activities that you enjoy as an individual. And, to provide context, we are also interested in learning about your professional role at your library in providing STEM learning experiences, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This survey is being conducted by the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development in conjunction with National Science Foundation-funded Project BUILD.
Deadline: Thursday, December 3, 2020.
Announcing the 2020-2021 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest!
For this edition, NASA invites all students (grades 5-12) to explore three moons that NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft briefly visited during its historic journey through the solar system.
The assignment is to study three of Uranus' moons: Ariel, Oberon, and Titania. Then, choose the one they think would be the best place to return with another spacecraft someday.
Deadline: Essay entries for the U.S. contest must be received by Feb. 12, 2021 at 9 p.m. Pacific Time.
Connected Science Learning
This month, CSL (Volume 2, Issue 4, Part 2) continues its focus on Engaging Families in Science, bringing attention to the role that families play in STEM learning. Families are critical to ensuring that young people have opportunities to engage in science in meaningful ways, develop positive STEM identities, and consider STEM career possibilities. 
Join the NSTA for free and start accessing their resources.
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

STEAM Engines: Nephology

By Caitlin Savage
We had a beautiful summer in Skokie, and though I really miss being in the library and getting to see all of our eager young science friends, there have been some real silver linings (cloud reference segue absolutely intended!).

New Community Dialogue Resources to Support Equity in Your Library

By Anne Holland
The STAR Net team has been hard at work gathering resources to support Community Dialogues (including virtual dialogues during COVID) from around the informal education world.

STEAM Engines from Home: Catapults!

By Caitlin Savage
Moving our STEAM Engines programming to an online, recorded format has been a treat and a learning experience as we struggle to find relatable, interesting content for kids each month.
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2020 AGU Fall Meeting
Dec. 1-17, 2020
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2021 ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 22-26, 2021
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Computer Science Education Week
Dec. 7-13, 2020
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Perseverance Rover Landing
Feb. 18, 2021
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Engineers Week
Feb. 21-27, 2021
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