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Build a Better Program for Engineers Week

Build a Better Program for Engineers Week

January 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Archived Webinars

STEM Events for Your Library’s 2018 Programming

12/13/17

Presentation Slides | List of LinksYouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

From Engineers Week to the launch of the NASA’s InSight Mars Lander, 2018 has an abundance of high-profile events that could tie into your library’s programming… and the time to start planning is now! Join the STAR Net team as we provide background information on 2018’s high-profile STEM events and unique ideas and helpful resources for integrating them into your programming schedule. Bring your questions and programming ideas to the chat box, too – we want to hear what your library is planning and what has worked successfully in the past. 2018 is the year that #STEMinLib really blasts off!

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

Discover Exoplanets Pre-Application Webinar

12/06/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

Join us to learn more about the application process for being one of eight library and museum partner sites to host the inaugural national tour of the interactive traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths.

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

Social Media Tips from NASA

11/15/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

Social media can provide your library with a world of opportunity when it comes to promoting programs and disseminating information; yet, to many STEM professionals and library staff, social media is a daunting challenge. What kind of language should you use when creating a post? How do you find the best images and videos to share? What is the most effective way of delivering high quality scientific content? What platform is right for your library’s needs?

STAR Net is thrilled to host Jason Townsend, NASA’s Deputy Social Media Manager, for our upcoming webinar: Social Media Tips from NASA. Jason will pilot you through the universe of social media and share tips, advice, and lessons that he has learned from his experience directing some of the most-followed Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts in the world. While your library’s Twitter account may not have 26.5 million followers, you will surely learn a few tips to help your library’s social media presence blast off!

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

Hands-on Fun with STAR Net!

11/08/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

Hunting for activities for your library’s next STEM program? Look no further! Hands-on Fun with STAR Net will highlight several different hands-on activities from the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that were designed with the library setting in mind. Whether you are new to STEM programming or are already a “STEM Superstar”, we hope you will join us for tips, techniques, and loads of fun!

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

International Observe The Moon Night

10/04/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is a worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. On October 28, 2017, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth’s nearest neighbor. Want to learn more about this event and ways that your library can participate?

Join STAR_Net and Brian Day, NASA’s Lead for Citizen Science and Community Development at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, to learn more about this exciting international event and ways to integrate it into your library’s programming!

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

Celebrate Afterschool Partnerships with the 18th Annual “Lights On Afterschool!”

11/09/19

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

Libraries and afterschool programs make great partners. Every October, the afterschool field celebrates the important role these programs have in the lives of children, families, and communities. This year, on October 26, we want to make the celebration bigger and better than ever. Library-afterschool partnerships are an official theme of this year’s event—and we want to highlight the many ways libraries and afterschool programs are pairing up to provide engaging learning opportunities and critical supports to children and families across the country. Join us for this webinar to learn more about Lights On Afterschool, and how your library can participate.

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

Out-of-This-World Activities

09/13/17

Presentation Slides: Part 1, Part 2 | YouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

Join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute to learn tips and tricks from LPI’s Explore program for engaging children, tweens, and families in space science with games, activities, and events.

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

Cassini: The Grand Finale

08/30/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording | Adobe Connect Recording

Join the STAR_Net team and Colin Mitchell, a Space Science Institute researcher on the Cassini mission, to learn more about Cassini’s Grand Finale and ways to integrate this event into your programming.

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

Safe Eclipse Viewing

08/02/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

Join NCIL Staff and Doug Duncan, Director of the Fiske Planetarium at UC Boulder, to learn about ways to safely view the 2017 Great American Eclipse.

Note: Please be advised that there is a very small amount of adult language in one of the videos shared during the webinar (at the 34:00 mark). The language is from the reaction of people viewing a total eclipse for the first time. While it is important to show their genuine reaction to this amazing event, the language may not be suitable for children.

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

Eclipse Cultural Connections

07/12/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

Join Isabel Hawkins, astronomer and educator with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, CA, to learn about cultural connections for the 2017 Great American Eclipse.

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

NASA Partnerships in Your Own Backyard

06/07/17

YouTube Recording

Join us to learn more about two NASA supported volunteer networks who are eager to partner with local public libraries!

The Night Sky Network and Solar System Ambassadors are volunteer organizations who can provide free or low cost programming to libraries in their region. Members of these networks include current and former NASA employees, industry retirees (Ball, Lockheed, etc), science teachers, and other general science enthusiasts! Participants in this webinar will learn more about these networks, hear success stories from existing library partnerships, and even learn how they can join these networks.

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

Crowd-Pleasing Hands-on Activities for Your Eclipse Programs

04/26/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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 Brooks Mitchell  for assistance.

Earth Science for a Better World

04/12/17

YouTube Recording

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 STAR_Net Earth science activities.

Earth Science for a Better World, Part 1
Looking for fun activities related to your local environment? This 30-minute session will model and include discussions of these activities:

Earth Science for a Better World, Part 2
This 45-minute session will explore our watery world and changing climate with the following activities. 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 Brooks Mitchell  for assistance.

Celebrate Earth Day with NASA’s GLOBE Observer

03/08/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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 Brooks Mitchell  for assistance.

Playful Building Webinars

03/01/17

Webinar #1 Slides | Webinar #2 Slides | YouTube Recording

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

02/15/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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.

Eclipse 2017: The Outreach Event of the Decade

01/25/17

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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

Presentation Slides | How-To Video

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

12/14/16

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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

11/16/16

Presentation Slides

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?

10/19/16

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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.

STAR_Net Resources for your Library

09/21/16

YouTube Recording

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

08/24/16

Presentation Slides

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!

07/27/16

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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

07/27/16

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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Solar Eclipse 2017

06/15/16

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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

05/18/16

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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?

04/20/16

Presentation Slides | YouTube Recording

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

03/16/16

Presentation Slides

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.