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Optimizing Layering for Program Success

Guest blog by David Janning and Joanna Ritchie (Chula Vista Library, a NASA@ My Library Partner) Street fair outreach event with both a STEAM activity booth and a promotional materials booth Many events you host already include the concept of layering, which typically involves setting up multiple activity stations and staggering main events throughout the length

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Museum Alliance Professional Development Telecon

To participate in this telecon, your library may use the call-in information below. Call-in: 1-888-323-4924 Passcode: 8165555 Note: If you're not seeing the call-in info above, you'll need to login to STAR Net or register as a new member. Date:  November 21, 2017, Tuesday Time:  12 Noon PT (3pm ET) Topic: Choosing an InSight Landing Site

By |November 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

NCIL Seeking Library and Museum Partner Sites to Host Interactive Traveling Exhibition Discover Exoplanets

The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) is seeking eight library and museum partner sites to host the inaugural national tour of the interactive traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths.  Public libraries and small museum partners in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underrepresented groups are especially

By |October 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Report Shows Strong Partnerships Between Libraries and Afterschool Programs

A Guest Post by Melissa Ballard (Afterschool Alliance) The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with STAR Net, has a new report showing how afterschool programs and libraries are working together to support youth and families in their communities. In early 2017, we surveyed 365 afterschool programs to learn if and how they are working with their local

By |October 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Museum Alliance Professional Development Telecon

Topic:   Universe of Learning - Beyond the Solar System: Cosmic Disks Date:  September 7, 2017, Thursday Time:  12:30pm PT (3:30pm ET) Leader: Jeffrey Nee Overview: On September 15, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will undergo a controlled descent into Saturn’s atmosphere, thus ending nearly 20 years of dedicated observations of the Saturnian system. Since the time

By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Video: How Wolves Change Rivers

Earth is an interacting system of Air, Water, Ice, Rock, and Life. These five things link together to make our planet hum. They’re a team. Scientists call them systems or spheres. Each system plays an important role, and they all depend on each other. The video below shows what happened to the ecosystem structure in

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

When The Sun Goes Dark: A New, Richly-illustrated Children’s Book on the Science and Fun of Eclipses

Just in time for the “All-American” eclipse of the Sun this August, When the Sun Goes Dark gives the full scoop for kids ages 8 through 12 about why eclipses are so interesting and so beautiful.  Written by astronomers Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, and published by the National Science Teachers Association Press, the book

By |April 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Buy Community Grants Program

The Best Buy Community Grants Program provides support to community-based organizations that are located within 50 miles of a Best Buy facility. Grants promote programs that offer hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to engage in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills. Eligible programs must deliver community-based youth

By |March 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two Million Free Eclipse Glasses Available to Public Libraries for Educational Outreach for August 21 Eclipse of the Sun

A Guest Post by Dr. Andrew Fraknoi (Chair, Astronomy Department, Foothill College) On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be an eclipse of the Sun visible from all of North America. People in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a spectacular total eclipse, with the Moon briefly covering the Sun, and

By |March 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hosting The Discover NASA Exhibit: Part 2. Partnerships

A Guest Post by Nicole Steele/Slover Library While “Astronaut Training” did wonderful things for us regarding Discover NASA partnerships, there was still one vital element missing. Here in Norfolk we are across the water from NASA Langley (a drive that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on tunnel traffic!) and unfortunately

By |February 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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