If you are planning your activities for World Space Week 4 – 10 October 2018 you can find a great range of free STEM resource ideas on STAR net. The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries through its Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR net).
STAR net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse has
- An online, interactive repository that packages each of 100+ STEM hands-on activities with tips on implementation in the library setting; links to related content and online video clips and suggested books
- Online training for library staff, with an introduction to the STEM content of their exhibits, and guides to developing complementary programming
- Webinars demonstrating hands-on activities and providing tips and resources from NASA educators, Afterschool Alliance researchers, library associations, museum educators, and more.
Visit the Star net website to find high quality, vetted STEM activities appropriate for use in the library. There are more than 85 activities on astronomy and space activities including Moon; Earth; and Sun.
You can search by audience, content level, and difficulty, and more. You can also browse collections especially curated for you! Almost all the activities in the Clearinghouse have pictures or videos of real libraries doing these activities.
The resources required for activities are low cost or free.
Fulbright Global Scholar Keliann LaConte’s visited Australia to learn how libraries deliver and support STEM/STEAM around the world. Visit the STAR net website for some of these collated ideas about delivering activities and facilitation tips.
Why not get started on a project in your library using some of these ideas now?