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Paper Airplane Challenge!

  Last week my Crafternoon participants (with a few moms and one teen-aged sister included) enjoyed a paper plane tournament.  It was a wonderful, low cost, quick prep program which everyone enjoyed thoroughly. I collected all the paper airplane books that my library system owned, added quite a […]

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An Even Briefer History of Time – Time, Deep Time, and The Enormity of Space

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–This is the full version of an article that originally appeared in the Anythink Library System Newspaper– Have you ever noticed that the older you get; the more time seems to fly? When you were four years old, desperately waiting for your family vacation, it seemed like […]

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Host a BioBlitz at the Library

As part of Earth Day celebrations, the Skokie Public Library hosted a BioBlitz, inspired by the annual event of the same name coordinated by National Geographic. A BioBlitz is a survey of a defined geographical area in an attempt to inventory all the species (animals, plants, bugs, […]

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Life on Mars: Citizen Science for Upper Elementary

One of my favorite STEM programs combines the awe factor of potentially living on Mars and the positive impact of Citizen Science. This “Life on Mars” program was presented to youth in grades 3-5 at Skokie Public Library and would work well through grade 6. Citizen Science, […]

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States of Matter: Chemistry Programming for Preschool and Early Elementary

When you put the time into creating a dynamic STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for youth, it feels like a big bonus to be able to offer modified versions of the program to multiple ages of children. Below is a great example of a program […]

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Explore! Marvel Moon Free NASA Webinar

I recently received this e-mail from Christine Shupla, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute.  I hope she doesn’t mind my forwarding her announcement. I’ve attended some of these webinars in the past, and they are fantastic, as well as a lot of fun!  I remember one where […]

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Eggs and Art – The Tradition of Pysanky

Eggs and art.  Those are two words most people don’t often connect, unless it’s spring and one is thinking of Easter.  In the Ukraine, though, egg art is a centuries old tradition, and people design and decorate the eggs year-round, as well as collect and prize them […]

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Join the NASA Museum Alliance, it’s for Libraries Too!!

Guest Post by Amelia Chapman, NASA Museum Alliance “Museum” might be in our name, but we welcome all informal education institutions –  and we’ve been making a recent push to let libraries know that includes them. Below is a more formal invitation to pass along. Thanks! – […]

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Become a Reviewer for the NASA Science Mission Directorate!

The following invitation was passed on to our STAR_Net Libraries by the NASA Science Mission Directorate, please review it carefully to see if you, or someone you know, may be interested! -Anne You are invited to join the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Independent Product Review conducted […]

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Next Generation Science Standards Webinar

*Please note, do not share this with members outside the STAR_Net group, thank you!, please note the guest login for those not members of the Museum Alliance* Museum Alliance Professional Development Conversation Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Time: 12 noon Pacific (3:00 pm Eastern) Call-in: 1-888-323-4924 Passcode: 8165555 Leader:  Amelia […]

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