On STAR Net‘s STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find nearly 200 high quality, vetted STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting. So, be sure to check out the “Universe of Stories” Collection which currently includes 81 (and growing) activities – 12 of which are featured below.

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Launch Into STAR Net‘s “Summer of Space”

STAR Net Partners with CSLP for the 2019 Summer Learning Program

In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. The Collaborative Summer Learning Program and STAR Net are partnering to share STEM resources with these libraries.

This summer learning program will coincide with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

Register Your Library and Get Notified of Valuable Resources!

If you’re interested in getting important news and resource notifications for 2019’s Summer Learning Program, register your library to qualify for the benefits listed below.

– A monthly newsletter curated with valuable resources and opportunities
– 2000 NASA tactile books (Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters) will be distributed
– 800 Scholastic science books (Luciana Vega, etc.) will be distributed
– Automatic entry for chance to win 1 of 2 FREE Orion StarBlast Telescopes
– Library representation on STAR Net‘s “Summer of Space” Map (below)

Register Your Library Today!

Participating Libraries

 STAR Net has developed a “Summer of Space” map that shows where registered libraries, serving as centers of space science learning for their communities, are located across the nation. This map will serve as an important resource for libraries to collaborate with each other and for STEM partners to find libraries with which they can collaborate. Click here to view the interactive map.

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Is your library represented on our map? If not, be sure to complete our online registration which will provide numerous additional benefits including important resource notifications and access to giveaway items (see details above).

Fun Facts About Our Universe

The Universe is vast and always changing. It includes planets, stars, galaxies, and all of space, matter, and energy. Looking at the night sky, you can sense how small Earth is in the vastness of space. A million Earths could fit inside the Sun. The Sun is the only star in our Solar System but is one of over 100 billion stars in a spiral galaxy we call the Milky Way. Our Solar System is located about 2/3 of the way out from the galaxy’s center. Astronomers think that most of the stars in our galaxy may also have planets orbiting around them.

This Fun Facts presentation is currently available in both PDF and PPT format.
Note: The PowerPoint file is approximately 43MB.

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Programming Resources

Below we have assembled a collection of resources that include collaboration opportunities, printable materials, promotional materials, inspirational items and many other resources that your library can utilize to make your 2019 Summer Learning Program a great success. Don’t forget to take advantage of STAR Net‘s Universe of Stories Collection on our STEM Activity Clearinghouse.

STEM Activities
How Big? How Far? How Hot?
Jump to Jupiter
Strange New Planet
Loony Lunar Phases
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Media Tool Kit
Parker Solar Probe Images
Mars InSight Images
Juno Mission Media Gallery
View All Promotional
Explore #Moon2Mars Posters
Official Apollo Mission Insignias
InSight Landing Press Kit
Sun Facts Infographic
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Earthrise in 4K
NASA 60th Videos
Cassini Mission Galleries
Apollo Missions Images
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Night Sky Network
Solar System Ambassadors
NASA Museum Alliance
NASA Speaker’s Bureau
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Featured Content
Studying Our Moon
About Our Solar System
What’s an Exoplanet
Beyond Our Solar System
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Special Websites
Apollo 50th Anniversary
NASA 60th Anniversary
NASA Space STEM Forum
Explore Moon to Mars
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Digital Downloads
NASA Selfies App
“On a Mission” Podcast
“Beyond Earth” e-Book
Third Rock Radio
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NASA 3D Resources
NASA Solve
NASA Ames SpaceShop
NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions VR
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STAR Net Blogs
Apollo 8 50th Anniv. Webcast
Camp Cosmos – Lessons Learned
Seeing Stars
Finding Reliable Answers…
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How-to Videos
Strange New Planet
Jump to Jupiter
Loony Lunar Phases
How to Make a Crater
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STAR Net Webinars
Resource Overview Webinar
Out-of-this-World Engineering
A Universe of NASA Resources
Parker Solar Probe Launch
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