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The Alaska State Library has been chosen to be a phase two State Library Agency partner for NASA@ My Library for the 2019 Calendar Year. This grant will enable our library to:
Support other libraries in space-themed Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Activities through circulating STEM kits and coordinating lectures and other programming.
Provide NASA and space themed STEM activities directly to our audiences.
Increase our knowledge and confidence in promoting earth and space science programming.
A separate but related grant will enable us to hold an in-person, train the trainer workshop in STEM activities back at their home institution. Julie Niederhauser is our point person for the workshop.
This guide features resources and updates for the main NASA@ My Library grant and the separate but related training workshop.
STEM Kit lending to libraries and museums
As part of our work with NASA@ My Library, we have three Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) kits available for lending to libraries wishing to use these kits in programming. They will circulate for 21 days to allow time for the kits to arrive at the library, have the program and return the kit back to us. We won't charge postage to mail out the kits and will reimburse you for shipping the kits back to us.
Kit 1 (Three copies)
This kit contains a facilitation guide and items to do the following activities:
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More than 700 volunteers in all 50 states as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam share information about exploration missions and recent discoveries to their local communities. As of 11/16/2018 there were twelve Solar System Ambassadors living in Alaska.
The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries nationwide through its Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR Net)
Big picture overview of NASA@ My Library project around the United States.
The organizations listed below are working with us to bring space-based STEM activities to public libraries in Alaska. If you'd like to collaborate with us in hosting events or other activities, drop Daniel a line at email@example.com.
This site features a sky event (if available), the current moon phase, sunrise and sunset information. There’s also links to sky maps, astronomy weather forecasts and a tool that shows when (or if) the International Space Station is available from your location.
Most of Alaska is above 50 degrees latitude N, where most planispheres end. Dominic Ford created this tool that allows one to build a planisphere from 85S to 85N.
Cloudy? Midnight Sun? No Problem!
Parts of Alaska are cloudy all year round. Some parts of Alaska stay too light in summer to observe the night sky. Here are some space themed activities that you and your patrons can participate in no matter the sky conditions.