In this clip from the most recent Space Education Summit, second generation astronaut Richard Garriott shares the moment his relationship with the Earth changed. Not all of us have (or will have) the chance to go to space, but everyone can benefit from learning about the Overview Effect - the change in perspective that astronauts experience when they are able to directly observe the Earth in its entirety. Often, it results in a much greater appreciation for our responsibility to care for the ecosystem that sustains us. Imagine the impact on society if stories like this were an integral part of every young person's education... around the globe.
Naturally, exposure to the Overview Effect is important to the richly philosophical education provided at ARES Learning, where we focus on preparing students with the skill sets and mindsets they'll need to be successful in their future, whether they work in the growing space economy or pursue solutions to other challenging problems here on Earth.
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.