Here’s one YouTube channel you’ll be glad your kid is subscribed to. Story Time From Space is a project founded by the Global Space Education Foundation that encourages astronauts in space to film themselves reading STEM-focused children’s books to kids on ‘
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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Watch An Astronaut Read ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ From Space
Bedtime storytelling is already a big hit with pretty much every kid. But Story Time from Space found a way to literally make it out of this world. The new initiative from the non-profit Global Space Education Foundation broadcasts astronauts reading children’s books from on board the International Space Station. The zero-gravity readings are, as the recent edition of astronaut Kate Rubins reading’Rosie Revere, Engineer‘proves, a whole lot of fun.’
Patricia Tribe, the mind behind the project, told HuffPost that the idea behind the project was to merge STEM learning with literacy efforts in a way that would make perfect sense to kids.’Kids and families from all over will also be able to experience the broadcast free of charge on the Story Time from Space site and YouTube.
‘What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading?’ said Tribe, who began the initiative after’reading up on the dire state of literacy in the U.S. ‘You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station.’
As astronauts have very tight schedules, each of the books selected for the initiative has to be able to be read in about 15 minutes. The books also have to have some kind of message or theme related to STEM while also being totally accurate. While Tribe was inspired by U.S. data, diversity and making sure that different types of children and their parents get a chance to experience the initiative is also crucial.
The program also makes sure to have the right astronauts read the right books. For instance, Tribe thought it was important that a female astronaut read’Rosie Revere, Engineer, one of the 50 best children’s books of the past ten years. When the astronauts read the book Max Goes to the Space Station, they did a reading in both english and Japanese.’
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- Date: 2018-04-16T11:54:32-04:00
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