STEM Learning Opportunities Available Through the STAR Library Network

Keliann LaConte, STAR Net /

There are three upcoming opportunities from STAR Net that could benefit your library and community.

Help Create a STEM Readiness Tool for Public Libraries

The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive learning, in partnership with the American Library Association, Afterschool Alliance, Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Datum Advisors would like your input on developing a STEM readiness tool. This effort is part of a larger project funded by the National Science Foundation called the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) where STAR stands for Science-Technology Activities and Resources (see for details). Your input is critical to understanding the current state of STEM programming and activities in public libraries across the nation.

In this survey you will be asked about how your library implements STEM programs and activities currently, your views about STEM in public libraries, and other similar topics. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and will be open through 11/30/17. All information you provide will be completely confidential and will not be tracked back to you or the library in which you currently work. Your responses will help STAR Net collectively understand what resources and approaches can help libraries facilitate STEM learning for their communities.

Please complete this survey even if you consider yourself new to STEM or don't currently have a STEM focus at your institution - your perspective and insights are valued!

If you have any questions about this study, please contact project director, Robert Jakubowski at to learn more.

New Exhibition Opportunity

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 invited to apply.

Discover Exoplanets is made possible through NASA’s Universe of Learning. NASA's Universe of Learning materials are based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, working in partnership with Caltech/IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.

Applications must be completed and received by no later than 11:59 pm (Mountain Time) on January 5, 2018. A pre-application webinar will be held on December 6, 2017, click here to register.

Webinar: STEM Events for Your Library’s 2018 Programming

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm ET
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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 they 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!

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