Astronauts Are Reading Books To Kids From Space ‘ And It’s Out Of This World

The reading sessions are available for anyone to watch on the Story Time from Space website and on YouTube. “What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading?

Astronauts Are Reading Books To Kids From Space ‘ And It’s Out Of This World

“What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading?” Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston who came up with the basis for the project, told HuffPost. “You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station.”

“Astronauts on the [International Space Station] will also conduct and videotape nine educational demonstrations designed by Veteran Canadian Astronaut, Bjarni Tryggvason, to complement the science concepts found in the Story Time From Space books,” according to Story Time From Space’s website. “To make Story Time From Space even more useful for educators, cross-content curriculum will be designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. All of these materials, along with the videos from orbit, will be posted here on the Story Time from Space website, providing easy access for educators, families, libraries, science centers, scouts and others.”

The organization hopes to encourage interest in STEM while also showing kids how fun reading can be. So far, their efforts have been out of this world. 

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  • Date: 2018-04-16T18:58:26Z
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Astronauts Are Reading To Kids From Space, & It’ll Blow Your Mind

If you have young children, then you’ve probably heard all about why it’s so important to read to them, and to help them foster a love of literacy. But when you’re parenting in an age of iPads and Netflix, books can sometimes seem a little boring in comparison. Thanks to a cool initiative from the non-profit Global Space Education Foundation though, there’s a new way to get your kids engaged in reading (and they’ll learn a little science while they’re at it!). Here’s how astronauts can read to your kids from space, because what could possibly be cooler than watching a female scientist reading Rosie Revere, Engineer from the International Space Station (ISS)? (Absolutely nothing, is the answer.)

Story Time From Space is a program made up of "astronauts, scientists, [and] educators," among others, according to The Huffington Post, who organize reading sessions led by astronauts currently orbiting the Earth. Basically, the group chooses engaging books "that can be read in about 15 minutes," and which focus on some aspect of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The books are then sent on a literal space launch to the ISS so that the astronauts can film themselves reading them, culminating in what has to be the most awesome children’s story time experience ever.

There are already a dozen story time videos available to watch on the Story Time From Space website, with three more coming soon.’And one of the books ‘Max Goes To The International Space Station ‘ is even read in Japanese, by astronaut and engineer Koichi Wakata. Wakata also read a second book in English, The Wizard Who Saved The World, while the remainder of the books are read by British astronaut Tim Peake, and American astronauts Mike Hopkins, Tim Kopra, Joseph Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, and Kate Rubins.

As valuable as the initiative is for all children, Story Time From Space might be particularly powerful for young girls. Women tend to be greatly underrepresented in STEM careers, according to The Guardian, even in countries like Sweden that tend to have less of a gender divide. Part of that reason is due to gender stereotypes ‘that girls aren’t as good at math, for example, even though research has found that "there is little to no difference in boys’ and girls’ average ability at [STEM] subjects." One small, yet helpful solution? Let them watch while Kate Rubins ‘ a microbiologist and virologist turned NASA astronaut, who, according to The Scientist, was the first to sequence DNA in space ‘reads to them from an actual orbiting space station.

Of course, letting your kids watch people reading on the internet isn’t the same as sitting down with them one-on-one to read a book together, and research has consistently shown that reading to our kids regularly can actually have a huge impact. Studies have found, for example, that reading to our kids not only helps boost literacy skills, but also "[shapes] their social and emotional development," according to The New York Times. And if that weren’t enough, it may even play a role in reducing behavior issues like aggression and hyperactivity.

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And we have to admit, the results are pretty dang cool. As expected, settling on a book to read is not an easy task. The books have to be able to be read in 15 minutes, STEM-related, and accurate because the team doesn’t “want to perpetuate any misinformation,” said Patricia.

“Everybody thinks space is pretty cool,” said Patricia. “So it’s a nice way to capture the audience and capture the kids so they are enjoying space.”

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  • Date: 2018-04-16T12:28:03-07:00
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