If you’re looking for a way to take story time up a notch with the children in your classroom, why not turn to astronauts? That’s the premise of Story Time from Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation that features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station. Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston, thought of merging space and reading after she did some research on literacy and science skills in the United States. She decided to merge STEM and literacy in a way that’s easily accessible for children. Story Time from Space began with a pilot test from astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr., who helped cofound the initiative with Tribe. He read Max Goes to the Moon, a book by astrophysicist and author Jeffrey Bennett, on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery. Since the project’s official launch, other stories that have been told from space include Next Time You See a Sunset by Emily Morgan and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. Footage of the reading sessions is available on the Story Time from Space website and YouTube.
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