Story-time from Space!
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Today we have something ‘out of this world’ to share with you!
Have you ever looked-up to the sky and seen a tiny star moving fast from one end of the sky to the other? You have? Awesome! But, it’s not a moving star you’re seeing. It’s likely a satellite taking photographs of Earth from space, or – even better – NASA’s International Space Station, also called the ISS.
Rose and I recently learned about a program from NASA aimed at kids, called Story-time From Space. The idea for this most amazing project was thought of by Patricia Tribe (who used to be the director of education at the Space Center Houston), and an astronaut named Alvin Drew. The reason for Story-time From Space is to encourage children to get more involved in STEM learning, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
STEM is a type of learning curriculum which, simply put, is an organized system that makes learning new things educational, stimulating, valuable, and fun!
Oh my goodness! All of this gives me goosebumps! And it’s also given me a great idea. Don’t tell Rose (let’s keep it our secret for now), but I’m going to send her book, ‘The Simple Things Around Me’ to NASA to find out if they want to read it in space. Oh, call me a dreamer, but don’t you think it would be awesome for the astronaut to be reminded of the beautiful things here, back on her home planet? I think so! I’ll keep you posted – you never know. Maybe in a few weeks we can hear Rose’s book being read in space! Awesome!
When I think about the first time humans went to space, it makes me realize just how clever humans can be. They made those machines that took people into an environment that is simply not meant for humans, kind of like putting a polar-bear in the Arizona desert!
Humans have done so much. Their technology has made new things happen; things that people from long ago never would have thought could happen! As long as mankind continues to use their intelligence for the greater good, everything should be okay.
But, while mankind gets to control what happens with technology, nature gets to decide what happens to the planet. With the changes in weather patterns, new species being born, old species dying out; while people look into space and consider new planets to live on, I hope they can find the best technology to help the animals and environment on Earth, so that humans can rather stay where they belong.
Can you think of a clever way to help the Earth get stronger and stronger every day? What little things around you do you find important in nature?
There is only one Earth. While space could be fun it’s a very, very, very long way from home!
To end off today, here’s one of NASA’s Story-time From Space videos for you to enjoy.
Until next time, keep shining like the stars,
stay magical like the universe,
The Simple Things Around Me
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