National Space Day: Help a kid shoot for the moon.
We don’t know about you, but space is consistently and regularly blowing our minds. I mean, have you even seen this video? Go ahead, we’ll wait for you while your face melts off.
For National Space Day — the first Friday in May — we want you to get lost in space and help bring someone else along for the ride. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to get some space-level perspective, then pay it forward by donating time or resources to organizations fostering youth education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
The goal of National Space Day is to “promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in young people to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.” And that’s exactly what we’re going to do today.
The organizations below foster kids’ education in STEM. Click through the links and pick one that resonates with you, then research how you can help them out, either by donating time as a volunteer/mentor, or donating other much-needed resources.
We also encourage you to educate yourself on our place in this great universe we call home. Why do we think this is important? There’s a phenomenon called the Overview Effect, “a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.” Looking at Earth from the outside has the ability to change a person’s worldview and mindset, and instill the importance of taking care of our fragile home. The boundaries and borders that seem to matter so much down here don’t exist in space. Our Earthly conflicts become instantly insignificant when you step outside the blue marble.
Giving yourself a quick reminder of our cosmic scale can put problems in their rightful place. That intense road rage you feel towards the person who just cut you off in traffic is not important when you zoom out. So go Netflix-binge on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, listen to his podcast StarTalk Radio on your next commute, find your local planetarium, and get a taste of the Overview Effect right here from the comfort of this planet.
Then help give someone else the same experience. Here’s a list of organizations encouraging kids — particularly girls and children from underserved communities — to pursue a career in a STEM field.
A Future Segregated by Science – The New York Times