Free Resources from the STAR Library Network (STAR Net)
Explore new ways to bring science, technology, and fun into your programs and services with the STAR Library Network (STAR Net). Help us build on the successes (and challenges) of the 2017 solar eclipse by joining this vibrant – FREE! – network for libraries and their communities across the country.
STAR Net focuses on helping library professionals facilitate STEM learning for their patrons by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Whether you are new to STEM or are building on past experiences, STAR Net offers resources and collaborations to take lifelong STEM learning to new levels in your library:
- Information about upcoming national STEM Events
- STEM Activity Clearinghouse (for activities and programs and valuable resources)
- Blogs (share success stories!)
- Webinars (online professional learning)
- Workshops and meet-ups at conferences
- STEM mobile apps from SciGames.org
- Reports and tools for library leaders
- Join this FREE network to receive STAR Net News (online newsletter)
Find space science resources, curated for use in the library setting, through STAR Net‘s Summer of Space website. With items including vetted STEM activities, partnership opportunities, printables and many other valuable resources, STAR Net’s “Summer of Space” website can provide your local library with valuable tools to help your community explore the wonders of our universe.
Search the STEM Activity Clearinghouse for hands-on STEM activities for all age levels and related resources. Use search tools to filter activities by content area, age group, time to complete activity, time needed to prep activity, cost associated with activity materials, difficulty level (by content), or mess level. Or, view featured collections of activities. Find an activity that worked well in your library? Leave a review to provide feedback for other library staff!
Engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources! Find activities, apps, video clips, and more through the STEM Activity Clearinghouse.
Visit SciGames.org for free games and activities for your phone or tablet. Our newest app: Space Stage, is a “green screen” activity that lets you take selfies and record videos as if from other worlds. Use the companion literacy activities to engage youth in creating “weather reports” and “commercials” for visiting those other worlds. (Space Stage is currently only available for some Android devices. Stay tuned for expanded capability!)
STAR Net is built upon a strong network of collaborators and partners, led by the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). Partners include the Afterschool Alliance, American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, American Society of Civil Engineers, Cornerstones of Science, Datum Advisors, Education Development Center, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Pacific Science Center, and University of Virginia. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information, visit www.starnetlibraries.org.