[OYAN] FREE! STAR_Net Webinar: Hands-on Activities for Tweens and Teens (ages 10-18)

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Fri Apr 5 17:21:07 PDT 2013

For those of you who are not on Libs-Or...
Recall that Darci Hanning recently created a continuing education page on the OSL website to augment what is announced on Northwest Central: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/resources/conted.aspx.
Jennifer Maurer
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Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Darci Hanning
Sent: Friday, April 05, 2013 3:22 PM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [Libs-Or] FREE! STAR_Net Webinar: Hands-on Activities for Tweens and Teens (ages 10-18)

Greetings and Happy Friday!
I'm sending this along separately as these webinars take limited registrations and fill up fast - I highly recommend that you get on their mailing list to receive these announcements directly if these sorts of activities are of interest to your library!
From: LaConte, Keliann [mailto:LaConte at lpi.usra.edu]
Sent: Friday, April 05, 2013 3:19 PM
To: Darci Hanning
Subject: STAR_Net Webinar: Hands-on Activities for Tweens and Teens (ages 10-18)

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Webinar:  Earth Science through Food, Games, and Art:
Library Programming Ideas for Tweens and Teens

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Start time:  11 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. MDT/1 p.m. CDT/2 p.m. EDT
Duration:  2 hours

Public library staff, science professionals, and informal educators are invited to join educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Explore program team for hands-on activities and partnership ideas!

This FREE webinar features a selection of hands-on Earth science activities designed for use with tweens and teens (ages 10-18). The STAR_Net project's Discover Earth: Hands-on Science Activities rely on inexpensive materials. Use food, games, and art to introduce tweens and teens to the special - and changing - nature of Earth's climate and kid-friendly pathways to environmental stewardship.

Walk away from this training with:

ü  Activities, including one or more of the following (based on your input during the application process):

·         Activity 7: Climate Tour<http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/discoverEarth/activities/Activity7_Packet.pdf>:  children ages 10 to 13 celebrate their region of the United States by creating a regionally-inspired postcard and recipe. Finally, they use a set of What if... cards about their region to reconsider their postcards and recipes in light of future climate change.

·         Activity 8: <http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/discoverEarth/activities/Activity8_Packet.pdf> Polar Bears or Penguins?<http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/discoverEarth/activities/Activity8_Packet.pdf>:  children ages 10 to 13 use a fast-action matching game to demonstrate how each of Earth's polar regions is distinct and special.

·         Activity 9: Polar Bears Go with the Floes<http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/discoverEarth/activities/Activity9_Packet.pdf>:  In teams, children ages 11 to 13 build an understanding of how human actions impact global change by playing a board game in which chance and choice determine the fate of a lone polar bear on an ice floe.

·         Activity 10: Earth: Artistically Balanced<http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/discoverEarth/activities/Activity10_Packet.pdf>:  Teens, ages 14 to 18, engage their communities in science through art. The teens first interact with a climate scientist to unravel, on a very basic level, the complexities of Earth's climate system, and then they create a three-dimensional artistic representation of Earth's climate. The art may be created on a large scale and displayed at the library or made on a smaller scale to take home.

ü  Partnership ideas:  The activities in this webinar offer opportunities for partnership between public libraries and professionals in science-related occupations (e.g. climate scientist, high school environmental science teacher, or informal science educator at a park, museum, science center, or federal agency). Come with ideas for potential partnership and leave with even more! Or, seek a local partner at one of the institutions listed above and invite her or him to join us for the webinar!

Space is limited! Apply at

Accepted applicants will receive connection information and an agenda prior to the webinar. We will also provide a materials list so that participants may collect some common items and try out the activities at their computers during the webinar. Participants will receive a certificate of completion following the webinar.

More about the STAR_Net project's Discover Earth activities:

The Discover Earth activities focus on Earth science topics close to home - such as local weather and the plants, animals, crops, and environmental features particular to your region - as well as a global view of our changing planet. Through hands-on investigations and discussions, young audiences discover that Earth's global environment changes - and is changed by - the local environment.  Download the FREE Discover Earth materials, including 10 step-by-step activity guides, facilitator background information, lists of recommended supporting media, reading games, bookmarks, and badges at www.lpi.usra.edu/explore/discoverEarth/<http://www.lpi.usra.edu/explore/discoverEarth/>.

The Discover Earth module is a product of the STAR Library Education Network project (STAR_Net), a national program to support libraries that provide - or want to provide - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) informal learning experiences. STAR_Net is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute. The project team also includes the American Library Association (ALA), Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), and National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation. Access additional resources and the online community at www.starnetlibraries.org<http://www.starnetlibraries.org>.

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