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Tim Peake: We need to tell young people they can reach for the stars

The Telegraph – Boudicca Fox-Leonard

“There was a time when it seemed nine out of 10 children wanted to be an astronaut. Then somewhere between the giddy days of the Space Race and our computer-crazed present, children stopped reaching for the stars. However, since last December when he was fired into space on board Soyuz TMA-19M, astronaut Major Tim Peake has turned a generation of young people’s ambitions skywards once more. The second Briton in space (the first was Helen Sharman in 1991) captured the attention and imaginations of millions across the UK with his regular communications from the International Space Station. Since returning to Earth in June, the former British Army Air Corps officer and pilot has been assessing the data from the various experiments he conducted during his six months in space – as well as the effects the experience had on his body. He’s also been coming to terms with how his journey has fuelled the aspirations of children back home.”(more)

Astronaut Alvin Drew Calls for More Arts Education

Inverse – Sam Blum

“A oft-used acronym in the world of education and politics, STEM stand for science, technology, education, and math — but today in Washington, a former NASA astronaut proposed adding arts & humanities to those core subject areas. This proposal for so-called “STEAM” — the “A” is for “arts” — education was made by Alvin Drew, who traveled to space twice, once aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and once to the International Space Station…“I see STEM evolving into STEAM, the A being for arts and humanities,” Drew said. He noted that the public often shies away from meaningful engagement with hard science, because it’s easy to get lost while navigating equations and ethereal concepts…The former astronaut and Air Force pilot implored students in the crowd to “go out there and put ideas on paper” in ways that are compelling.”(more)

Why ‘Interstellar’ Is Great for Women in STEM

U.S. News & World Report – Tierney Sneed

“When the mind-bending filmmaker Christopher Nolan began working on the script for “Interstellar” with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, he made a crucial change: he opted to make Murph – a brilliant scientist and one of the film’s central characters – a woman…considering that women are drastically underrepresented in STEM fields, a major Hollywood movie that prominently features two bright female scientists — Anne Hathaway plays an astronaut — in leading roles makes for a powerful recruiting tool for girls to take up science, technology, math or engineering.” (more)

How to teach … space and the solar system

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“Space exploration is always reaching new heights, with missions to Mars and plans to land a probe on a comet after a 10-year journey through the solar system currently under way.” (more)

Space Lobby Docks At Fla. Capitol, Hoping For More STEM Education

WFSU – Thomas Andrew Gustafson

“In the Capitol, NASA and the Florida Space Day group are presenting the current and hopeful future of the Space Industry in Florida…Both NASA and the Florida Space Day group made the case for STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math – education useful to the Space Industry.”(more)