“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”
UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999
And in the wake of that historic declaration have come nearly two decades of education and awareness of the importance of STEM-related study. After all, no one’s ever traveled to space without packing the four essential items: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
The folks behind this annual effort do a good job of delivering on the spirit of the original resolution, as evidenced by the growing number of live events being held each year, and the creation of free educational resources that allow teachers to bring World Space Week right into their classrooms.
Are you looking for a way to get students excited about the real-world application of STEM? It doesn’t get more exciting than space travel.
Learn more about this effort by visiting the official World Space Week website. And while you’re there, go to the Events banner and look for Educational Resources. You’ll be taken to a page that’s chock-full of K-12 lesson guides and links to other resources, as well as a list of live Space Week events happening across the country, and around the world.
There may be one happening near you!
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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