Featuring Author Dr. José Morey Reading ‘Good Night Little Astronaut’ and Sensory Box Activity
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — April 26, 2021 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, today announced the latest virtual program of its Small Steps, Giant Leap: STEM Adventures for Little Space Explorers education series:
Date: May 3, 9:00 a.m. MDT
Theme: “Using Your Senses”
Guest: Dr. José Morey, reading aloud from his new book “Good Night Little Astronaut”
Activity: “Be Like an Astronaut” sensory box with Ruth Butler, space education specialist
Register: Free at www.discoverspace.org/event/small-steps-giant-leap-using-your-senses.
Promotional video: https://vimeo.com/526267061/098339ffba.
Dr. Morey will read aloud from his new book, “Good Night Little Astronaut,” a story written to inspire children to dream about their future STEM careers. Listeners will follow the young Latina astronaut protagonist as her parents read her a nighttime story to fill her dreams with great adventures of sailing the stars and exploring the mysteries of our galaxy, while also reassuring her that she is brave, smart, adventurous and ambitious enough to reach those ultimate heights.
Morey, who authored the book under the pseudonym Dr. Intergalactic, is CEO and founder of Ad Astra Media LLC, and he’s considered the first “Intergalactic Doctor.” Morey is also a health and technology keynote speaker as well as an author and consultant for NASA, Forbes, MIT and the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Immediately following the book reading, Ruth Butler, space education specialist at Space Foundation, will lead an interactive “Be Like an Astronaut” sensory box activity. The exercise will have early learners create a sensory box, discover objects within the box, match them to words on a provided worksheet, and think about how the items pertain to an astronaut’s job and life in space.
To date, early learners and educators from 16 U.S. states and seven countries around the globe have participated in the Small Steps, Giant Leap virtual series. To view prior lessons, please visit:
January: Small Steps, Giant Leaps: On the Launch Pad, https://vimeo.com/486139599/b6ff9bd92e
February: Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Let’s go to Mars!, https://vimeo.com/496925635/223bc5885c
March: Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Science Experiment, https://vimeo.com/518181515/45e3f4093e
April: Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Seasons, https://vimeo.com/533155432/6997d3650f
About Small Steps, Giant Leap: STEM Adventures for Little Explorers
Small Steps, Giant Leap is a monthly virtual program of Space Foundation’s Center for Innovation and Education. It is designed to engage PreK and kindergarten early learners and their teachers, parents and caregivers from all backgrounds with a specific emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through interactive storytelling and hands-on activities. The lessons have been specifically calibrated to align with Colorado’s Early Childhood Care and Education Science as well as state reading and writing standards. For more information, please visit https://landingpage.spacefoundation.org/small-steps-giant-leaps-stem-adventures-for-little-space-explorers.
About Center for Innovation and Education
Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning platform for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals via digital programming or live at Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap, sponsored programs, and global collaborations, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for new jobs, careers and new business ventures through its Space Commerce Entrepreneurship Programs, New Generation Young Professional Program, Professional Teacher Training, and Space-Inspired Curriculum. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please visit www.spacefoundation.org/cie, and visit www.discoverspace.org to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.
About Space Foundation
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