Encouraging kids to read is a necessity in life. It helps set them up in life and can encourage them to find their own paths for the future. Sadly, as we get older, we tend to run out of time to read, so it’s important to encourage kids while they’re young so they continue as they grow up. Story Time From Space may be the answer.
But sometimes, getting kids to want to read can be a tricky challenge. Thankfully, there’s a new way to do it that will definitely grab their attention in the age of the internet. “But how?!” I hear you all ask, the answer is simple(ish) – astronauts. You heard that correctly, reading to kids in space is the new trend that we hope never goes away.
If you’re looking to change up the bedtime story routine for your kids/grandkids, the Global Space Education Foundation has you covered.
That’s the name of their project and it’s exactly what you’d expect. A series of astronauts read stories to kids watching at home while floating through the great unknown. It would definitely grab my attention, furthermore, watching their hair float around while reading puts you in a bit of a trance state.
The results are not only inspiring but they’re also educational, how great is that?! There’s such a variety in the books being read by different astronauts. You have Kathleen Rubins reading Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty which is a great read for kids with excellent illustrations.
The project was developed by Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston. The first NASA astronaut to read a story from space was Alvin Drew on his final mission aboard the Discovery space shuttle.
Why is this concept important?
NASA wants to encourage reading among children while also promoting STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The idea came about wanting on-duty astronauts to read science-based kids books in zero gravity. This way, kids get an exciting look at the possibilities of the future.
Since the initial reading, all of the ‘Story Time From Space’ reads have taken place on the International Space Station as it travels through nothingness at 17,500 miles per hour around the planet.
“What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading? You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station.” Tribe told the Huffington Post.
But it’s not just beneficial for kids, if you want to try your hands at Japanese, engineer and JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata read Max Goes to the Internation Space Station in Japanese for the program this summer.
Storytime has never felt so good, trust me, your children are going to love this! So why not enjoy this video below of astronaut Jeffrey Bennet reading Max Goes to Mars by Mike Hopkins.
Don’t forget to watch astronaut Jeffrey Bennet read Max Goes to Mars in space in the video below. What do you think of the ‘Story Time From Space’ project? At Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section below. 🐝