Over the course of several years, Project BUILD team members and partner libraries have developed a wide range of resources to support library staff that are interested in developing, promoting, and facilitating engineering programs in their library. We’ve categorized these resources into separate groups and listed them out here (some may appear more than once). We hope that you will utilize or feel inspired by them as you bring engineering learning experiences to your library patrons! The Haitian-Creole translated materials were developed in partnership with the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Broward County, Florida. The materials in Spanish were [...]
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(Resource List) Level Up Your Facilitation and be a “Guide on the Side” for Virtual and In-Person STEAM ProgramsBrooks Mitchell2021-01-27T17:09:46-07:00
Hi everyone! This is the resource list of links for the CAL 2020 Pre-Conference Workshop, Level Up Your Facilitation and be a "Guide on the Side" for Virtual and In-Person STEAM Programs. Contacts: Anne Holland (email@example.com) Brooks Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) Claire Ratcliffe (email@example.com) Keliann LaConte (firstname.lastname@example.org) Workshop Agenda The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) Guide on the Side website Guide on the Side video Guide on the Side flyer STEM Activity Clearinghouse: Interactive STEAM Activities Click2Science PD Breaking Down Active Learning Learning from Failure When Youth Are Struggling Prepare and Plan Seeking and Supporting Student Ideas Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Education in STEM [...]
If you've attended a STAR Net webinar, workshop, or other training event, you may have heard our team talk about the importance of introducing your patrons to subject matter experts (SMEs), such as engineers, scientists, technicians, and more. SMEs can inspire your patrons and take the burden of "content knowledge" off of library staff. Patrons that do not often see themselves represented in STEAM fields may really appreciate and benefit from seeing subject matter experts that look like them or share a common background. If you have a STEAM program with young female patrons, for example, try highlighting a female subject matter expert Kelsey [...]
Hi everyone! This is a quick resource list for the presentation, "STEAM for Everyone: A Stepping Stone Approach to Overcoming Barriers to Access," taking place through the Colorado Association of Library's Power and Privilege at Play: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in the Library virtual conference on July 17, 2020. High Plains Library District Greeley Rodarte Center Follow the STAR Library Network http://www.starnetlibraries.org/ https://www.facebook.com/STARLibraries/ https://www.starnetlibraries.org/register/ https://twitter.com/starnet_project Ready, Set, Create Logo: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Ready-Set-Create-Logo.jpg Engineering Design Process Logo: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Engineering-Design-Process.pdf Clearinghouse Collections Take and Make Engineering Design Challenges Spantastic Bridges Featured Video Book List Designed to Survive Featured Video Book List Clean Up Our World Featured Video Book [...]
Link Bank for Take Your Patrons to Mars Webinar – 7 July 2020 Presenters: Brooks Mitchell and Claire Ratcliffe (STAR Net), Christine Shupla, Sha’Rell Webb, and Dr. Candice Bedford (Lunar and Planetary Institute) Contact: Brooks Mitchell (email@example.com) or Christine Shupla (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions. Description: NASA is about to launch the Mars 2020 mission – and now is the time to get your patrons excited! The Perseverance rover will launch between July 17-August 11, 2020, and will land on Mars in February 2021. Invite your patrons to participate in its journey! Hear from NASA Mars scientists, learn some activities you can conduct online [...]
Hi everyone! This blog is a list of resources for our June 18, 2020 webinar, "Virtual Night Sky Programs for 'Imagine Your Story'” - you can find out more information about the webinar here. Presenters: Brooks Mitchell (STAR Net), Christine Shupla and Sha’Rell Webb (Lunar and Planetary Institute), Belinda Calvillo and Liliana Alonso [with Sofia] (Pasadena Public Library, TX) Contact: Brooks Mitchell (email@example.com) or Christine Shupla (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions. Invite your patrons to join us for My Trip to Mars, a live Webcast, June 30: www.starnetlibraries.org/my-trip-to-mars Join the STAR Net Community: https://www.starnetlibraries.org/register/ Follow the STAR Library Network starnetlibraries.org facebook.com/STARLibraries starnetlibraries.org/register com/starnet_project pinterest.com/Star_net [...]
Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on June 16, 2020 for STAR Net’s STEAM Equity Project Pre-Application Webinar. This blog post will provide more information on this grant opportunity, as well as links to the webinar recording, webinar slides, chat trancript, and resources discussed during the webinar. This webinar covered a new and exciting project, STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities, that is seeking initial applications through July 20, 2020 from public library workers in small and rural communities who want to offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM programming and exhibitions for [...]
Hi everyone! We're trying something new for tomorrow's webinar: instead of a PDF, we're turning our "Link Bank" into a Blog Post! That way, we can edit the list and add resources that are brought up during the webinar! We can also use this as a place to post webinar follow-ups. It's just a "test run"; but we hope that it makes finding the resources easier for everyone! Best, Brooks, Claire, and the rest of the STAR Net team Follow up (6/9/20): Adding additional links that were discussed during the webinar. Adding links to recording. Virtual Programs 101: Behind the [...]
Whether you received eclipse glasses through Space Science Institute (thanks to the generosity and support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, NASA, and Research Corporation) or purchased them yourself, now is the time to get outside and try them out! You will feel much more confident in answering the "are you sure these glasses work?" question with a resounding "YES!" when you have already viewed the Sun with them. While viewing the Sun, be on the lookout for sunspots - there was a great pair today! Afterwards, you can use the Solar Vision app to get a close-up, real-time view of what you just saw. With solar viewing, safety [...]
STAR_Net was in full force at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference (June 22-27), promoting #STEMinLib and #Eclipse2017, presenting conference sessions on STEM partnerships and daytime astronomy, and joining NASA for Hyperwall talks. (What is a Hyperwall, you ask? More on that later!) Did you attend one of our presentations or stop by the booth? If so, leave a comment and let us know what you thought. If you were unable to attend, we’ve got you covered with resources and other helpful information! Daytime Astronomy at Your Library A participant of the Daytime Astronomy session displays their Eclipse Chalk [...]