Is to reach 1,000,000 kids around the world and inspire
I can only do this with YOUR help.
I challenge you to make a difference in a child's life, visit a school. They are the next generation of space travelers.
On March 4, 2015, I visited Park Maitland School to engage and inspire the first grade class about space travel.
What transpired was an amazing journey to which the children inspired me.
Below is an outline for the program. But, tell your own story and use your own vision.
Take a deep breath...
and HAVE FUN!
It's easy getting students engaged in science when you are wearing a flight suit!
Ask the students, " Who wants to go to space?"
Give your name and city you reside in
I am going to space!
Who am I and why am I here?
Inform the students you are a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut and you are here to get them excited about space and technology.
We will talk about....
What is you mission?
What will you do to make a difference in the world?
How will you make the world a better place?
OUR MISSION: Is to Inspire elementary students in STEAM+ education around the world.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics + Environment
Targeting girls especially: Out of 558 humans that have been to space only 60 are women
The coalition collectively is providing scholarships to: US, England, Africa, India
OUR GOAL: Is to reach 1,000,000 students globally
Talk about a recent event in your area that relates to technology.
In Orlando, I used the Orlando Science Center where the Science Fair was held
Mention projects they worked
The coalition collectively is providing scholarships in: US, Africa, UK and India
Show the 2014 Google Science Fair video 01:14 (min) Click here to view VIDEO
This Is a video of young students around the world doing what they love best with technology
After viewing, the students described the video as "awesome" what better way to engage with students then to sing
WHAT IS SCIENCE?
Math and Science is not just in your classroom, it's everywhere .
Think about going to Disney World and the engineering designs for the rides
Kennedy Space Center where rockets are designed to leave the earth's atmosphere
Sports, Dancers and Musicians
DID YOU KNOW FUTURE INVENTIONS CAME FROM MOVIES
" You can't invent something if you haven't imagined it," NASA Deputy Director of Science said.
For Pre K-second graders, we use Disney's video "Miles From Tomorrowland."
Or Photo Captain Kirk
Example: Captain Kirk holding a hand held device communicating with Spock.
Who can guess what it Is?
It's today's mobile phones.
Photo Dick Tracey
Example: Dick Tracey is a comic strip plain clothes detective. The strip debuted October 6, 1930....85 years ago.
What is it now?
Photo Apple Watch
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
WHEN I GREW UP
Talk about the advances in technology from one generation to another.
Share how far we've come in technology today.
Years ago, I was sitting in a classroom, just like you, listening to Alan Shepard go into space. Impossible, no one had ever done this.
It would be like asking you to leave your classroom and fly to the ISS (International Space Station) have lunch and be home
for dinner No way
It was a different time where I grew up. We had
Black and white TVs
NO video games Angry Birds (mention video games they play)
NO GPS you had to stop the car and ask for directions.
Things change from one generation to another
Show photos of Giz and Saba
Russian Dog, Laika 1957
WHAT WE NEED TO GO TO SPACE
What is the first thing you need when planning a trip to space?
An airport/spaceport, Las Crusas, New Mexico Show photo of Spaceport America
Training ....We show videos of our training at
Zero Gravity film at Kennedy Space Center
NASTAR training video where NASA astronauts train in Philadelphia
3-Day training at the Russian Cosmonaut Space Training program in Moscow
Use the models to explain the flight. Explain the details of the spaceship capacity etc.
Explain G forces; Experiencing G4 exiting the atmosphere and G6 upon re-entry.
HIGH IS SPACE?
We use Google Earth and iMovie to video their school at street level.
Then we zoom out to a commercial airline elevation of 30-35,000 feet
Next stop: the end of the stratosphere, 50 miles
Final look at the International Space Station 250 miles above the earth.
Bring all the information together by showing "Your Journey to Space Begins Here" 02:44 (min) Click here to view VIDEO
TAKE HOME GIFTS
It is important to continue the discussion at home with family and friends .
Be specific...the questions are directed to what they have seen today.
If no one is asking questions, you can always say, most students want to know about our ..........training.
Always complete your day with appreciation for all those involved in making this day special at school.