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NASA Partnerships in Your Own Backyard

NASA Partnerships in Your Own Backyard

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Archived Webinars

Crowd-Pleasing Hands-on Activities for Your Eclipse Programs

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (04/26/2017)

Learn how to facilitate activities that will have your patrons asking, “Really!?!,” and exclaiming “That’s so cool!”

Sun Cookies are a sure crowd-pleaser — watch this webinar to see how these tasty treats can help young learners explore the Sun. Engage both youth and adults in out-of-this-world explorations of how our small Moon can eclipse the huge Sun. Experiment with integrating technology into your eclipse programs using online games as well as equipment you may already have on hand.

Note: If you have any problems viewing the webinar, please email Anne Holland for assistance.

Eclipse Pre-Application Webinar

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (03/13/2017)

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.

Note: If you have any problems viewing the webinar, please email Anne Holland for assistance.

Celebrate Earth Day with NASA’s GLOBE Observer

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (03/08/2017)

Learn how your library can celebrate our planet on Earth Day and beyond through NASA’s GLOBE Observer (GO) citizen science project.  Library patrons can contribute to NASA Earth science by downloading the free GO app, observing the sky, and contributing their observations to this international program.  GO cloud observations are helping NASA scientists understand clouds from below (the ground) and above (from space). Clouds play an important role in transferring energy from the Sun to different parts of the Earth system. Because clouds can change rapidly, scientists need frequent observations from citizen scientists.

In this interactive webinar, library staff will meet with a NASA scientist, Jessica Taylor, and educators, Sarah McCrea and Dorian Janney, 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

Note: If you have any problems viewing the webinar, please email Anne Holland for assistance.

Playful Building Webinars

Webinar #1 Slides | Webinar #2 Slides | View WebEx Recording (03/01/2017)

Librarians, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute for two free professional development webinars on the Playful Building activities. Watch one or both webinars and receive connection information & directions to help you better participate in the activities during the webinar(s).

Playful Building: Simple Machines
This 30 minute webinar will model Team Machine, Water Wedges, and Levers at Play, as examples of simple machines that the children can plan, design, test, and revise. Elements of the engineering design process will be explored in each.

Playful Building: Design Challenges
This 60 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

Note: If you have any problems viewing the webinar, please email Anne Holland for assistance.

Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (02/15/2017)

NASA’s Universe of Learning astronomy education program is celebrating National Women’s History Month with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA project, which partners libraries with NASA scientists and educators to empower girls and their families in STEM! During the webinar, we will introduce Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA, discuss how to build girl-engagement into your programming, and demonstrate hands-on coding activity that uses real astronomical observations in the ways real astronomers do. We’ll also connect you to a suite of support materials, such as exhibits, activities, and even some posters inspired by the women depicted in new film Hidden Figures!

Note: If you have any problems viewing the webinar, please email Anne Holland for assistance.

NASA@ My Library Pre-Application

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Join the STAR_Net team for information about the NASA@ My Library project and get questions answered about the application process.

Note: If you have any problems viewing the webinar, please email Anne Holland for assistance.

Solar Eclipse Webinar

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (01/25/2017)

Join us for exciting updates to our last eclipse webinar in October. This webinar will repeat some of the information provided previously, plus offer eclipse programming and partner suggestions. In addition, you will learn more about the enhanced opportunities to participate made available by our new Moore Foundation funding.

Note: If you have any problems viewing the webinar, please email Anne Holland for assistance.

Playful Building Hands-on Activities

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Join us for a FREE online training in conducting a selection of hands-on engineering activities. The STAR_Net project’s Playful Building activities are designed to engage children, tweens, and families in hands-on engineering fun at the library, and they rely on inexpensive materials! Play along with us – have the following materials on hand to try the activities yourself.

Materials List
10 small, relatively heavy objects (weights, pennies, metal washers, dried beans, LEGO people, or small rocks work well)
1-3 long, thin, flat boards of different sizes to test, such as rulers, paint stirrers, popsicle sticks, large craft sticks, or yardsticks
1-3 different objects to use as fulcrums, such as a soup can (tape the edges on a clean, empty can!), paper-towel tube, dowel, ribbon or thread spool, marker, pencil, or triangular block
2 paper cups (such as 3 oz. Dixie® bath cups)
Tape (Scotch or masking)
2 drinking straws
4 (3” x 3”) small Post-it Notes
4 round toothpicks
1 small scrap of paper (about an inch square or so)
1 (1”-diameter) chunk of putty adhesive, such as Sticky Tack

Dream Big to Build a Better World

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (12/14/2016)

Engineers use their skills to solve problems and make the world a better place. Join Jeannine Finton from the American Society of Civil Engineers as she shares a variety of hands-on engineering resources, activities, presentation tips and techniques designed to make engineering fun for all ages. Find out how to connect with local engineers who may be able to assist with a program.

Promising Practices for Implementing STEM in Public Libraries

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) provides a new and promising direction in public library education and programming. Yet, what do researchers suggest are promising practices for implementing STEM? What can we learn from the informal education landscape about offering such programs to youth? How can we develop and nurture STEM education and programs that can reach youth from all backgrounds? Join us for this exciting webinar that focuses on promising practices for implementing STEM in public libraries. Learn how you can build and strengthen your STEM program and apply lessons learned from implementing STEM.

Is Your Library Ready for the Astronomical Event of the Decade?

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On August 21, 2017, we will be treated to the first total eclipse of the Sun visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. The spectacular total eclipse will only be visible in a narrow band about 60 miles across, stretching diagonally across the country from a beach in Oregon to a beach in South Carolina. However, everyone in North America will see a partial solar eclipse, where a big “bite” will be taken out of the Sun.

This will be the first major U.S. eclipse of the Internet age, and most people will need clear reliable information on when and how to observe the eclipse of the Sun safely. Astronomers are hoping libraries will play a key role in getting this information out to their communities. Working with astronomy groups in their communities, they could also be a central place for safe observing.

Get an early start in preparing for this eclipse, how to explain it, how to observe it safely, and what role libraries can play in organizing and informing their communities.

Join us for a 45 minute webinar where you’ll get great information about the eclipse, and be able to ask questions about the role your library can play. Hosts: Dennis Schatz (NSTA, Pacific Science Center), and Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College; co-author of a new book on eclipse education). Click here for an Eclipse FAQ sheet.

New STAR_Net Resources for your Library

View WebEx Recording (09/21/2016)

Join Anne Holland (Community Engagement Manager at the Space Science Institute) for a “Grand Opening” of the two new websites. You’ll receive a tour of the new features and resources (available at www.starnetlibraries.org and www.clearinghouse.starnetlibraries.org) as well as have an opportunity to suggest new features and content. You’ll also receive information on how to register your library for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, and get some free swag!

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GLOBE Observer: Locally-Based Global Citizen Science

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With the new GLOBE Observer app, everyone around the world can contribute meaningfully to NASA Earth Science missions. The inaugural “GLOBE Clouds” content allows users to collect data that helps scientists interpret satellite observations of clouds—a critical observation for understanding climate and climate change. GLOBE Clouds is also a great opportunity for institutions to engage visitors and build citizen science communities.Learn how to get your institution and community involved! Project Coordinator Holli Riebeek Kohl will provide the NASA science background, introduce hands-on activities, and answer questions about the app and GLOBE Observer.

The NASA Museum Alliance is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) community of practice. We provide libraries, museums and other informal education institutions with professional development and special access to NASA staff and materials, free of charge. For free, full access to the website, invitations to professional development telecons, the latest mission updates and more, join NASA’s Museum Alliance at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/About/Application.

Join a Worldwide Celebration of the Moon

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (08/24/2016)

On October 8, 2016, celebrate the Moon in your community through International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN), an annual worldwide celebration of lunar and planetary science. Tens of thousands of people participate each year, from 98 countries and 49 US states (and counting!). Join this webinar to hear about hands-on activities, customizable promotional materials, and other resources available through http://observethemoonnight.org. Presenter Andrea Jones, Education Specialist with the Planetary Science Institute / NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will describe how you can host your own InOMN event to attract adults and children alike.

Lights On Afterschool: Join the Nationwide Celebration!

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Does your library offer afterschool programming? Interested in working more closely with afterschool programs and other youth-serving organizations? Join the Afterschool Alliance to learn more about Lights On Afterschool, the nationwide celebration of afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The event has become a hallmark of the afterschool field, every year generating significant media coverage across the country and sending a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. In this webinar, we’ll also talk about the potential that other coordinated national advocacy efforts might have for the library field.

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Communities of Practice for Librarians
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are informing both research and practice of effective facilitation of library-based and online learning. IMLS presents a webinar to share new perspectives about CoPs and to explore lessons learned from a variety of organizations with CoPs, including Proliteracy, ACRL, YOUMedia Learning Labs, STAR_NET, Portland State University, and other national and state-based organizations.

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Frontiers in STEM Learning: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Is Your Library Ready for the Astronomical Event of the Decade?
On August 21, 2017, we will be treated to the first total eclipse of the Sun visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. The spectacular total eclipse will only be visible in a narrow band about 60 miles across, stretching diagonally across the country from a beach in Oregon to a beach in South Carolina. However, everyone in North America will see a partial solar eclipse, where a big “bite” will be taken out of the Sun.

This will be the first major U.S. eclipse of the Internet age, and most people will need clear reliable information on when and how to observe the eclipse of the Sun safely. Astronomers are hoping libraries will play a key role in getting this information out to their communities. Working with astronomy groups in their communities, they could also be a central place for safe observing.

Get an early start in preparing for this eclipse, how to explain it, how to observe it safely, and what role libraries can play in organizing and informing their communities.

Join us for a 30 minute “mini Webinar” where you’ll get great information about the eclipse, and be able to ask questions about the role your library can play. Hosts: Lou Mayo (NASA’s point man for eclipse education), and Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College; co-author of a new book on eclipse education). Click here for an Eclipse FAQ sheet.

Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (05/18/2016)

This webinar comes from a request from STAR_Net Libraries to have a Space Science primer, to help with program/activity facilitation. This interactive webinar will take you on a journey through our Solar System, and Beyond, providing you with the tools and knowledge to conduct your own space-based programming!

High Tech vs Low Tech STEM Programming, What’s Right for Your Library?

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Join us for for a brief introduction to programs being conducted by libraries in Colorado, and across the country. From high-tech Maker Spaces with 3-D printers, recording studios and drill presses to paper coding activities where computers are never turned on and kids are their own programs, libraries across the country are examining what it means to “do STEM”. There’s no right answer, so join us and share your way!

NASA Solar System Ambassador’s: Nationwide Support for Libraries

View Presentation Slides | View WebEx Recording (03/16/2016)

For more than 16 years, Solar System Ambassadors have been communicating the excitement of NASA’s space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their communities.  These enthusiastic volunteers seek out a variety of local venues for their programs, with one of their favorites being libraries.  Over the years, Ambassadors have conducted 1,697 events at libraries across the country, reaching 132,163 people directly.

There are currently 702 Ambassadors in all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Guam.  Kay Ferrari, Solar System Ambassador Coordinator, will share how these volunteers can support your library’s STEAM activities and where you can find your closest NASA volunteer.

Also joining the conversation will be Margaret S. Race, Ph.D, a trained ecologist and astrobiologist working on astrobiology and planetary protection at the SETI institute. She is a longtime JPL Solar System Ambassador, and has served on the Board of Trustees at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center in the SF Bay Area.