The latest issue of the Ad Astra magazine published by the National Space Society (NSS) is a special edition focused on Space Education. Along with a number of other useful articles and resources, a highlight of the issue is an article by Dr. Greg Autry in which he concludes that "a viable long-term human presence in space will require political, legal, and business leaders as well as engineers and scientists." The book Space Education: Preparing Students for Humanity's Multi-Planet Future by our co-founder, Dr. Mark Wagner, is also featured in an in-depth review by Editor-in-Chief Rod Pyle:
"This is a practical, results-oriented discussion grounded in sound theory... an important read for people considering not just the education of young minds off world, but also the shaping of strong, moral leaders for that future."
This is a timely issue of Ad Astra that highlights the need for space education initiatives at all levels. The Earthlight Foundation's new Permission to Dream program, which aims to put a telescope in every middle school, comes to mind as a promising example of such a program designed to inspire students before they decide space isn't for them. So is the Astrogeology for Educators professional development experience offered by ARES Learning, which is designed to give teachers the confidence to talk to their students about the geological features of other worlds in the solar system.
Learn more about the ARES Learning approach in the book Space Education: Preparing Students for Humanity's Multi-Planet Future by our co-founder Dr. Mark Wagner, and explore a complete Space Education Curriculum developed for high schools - it's a free and open education resource available to students, teachers, and enthusiasts everywhere.
Educators, sign up for online professional development based on the book and curriculum. Space is limited and registration ends soon!
Join the free online Space Educator Network for ongoing resources and discussion.