NASA’s Exploration of Mars Sparking Interest in Space and STEM Learning – Free Space Club for Kids Headlined by Celebrity Physicist & Astronaut
From: Varsity Tutors
Posted: Friday, March 12, 2021
While NASA’s Perseverance makes new discoveries on Mars, closer to home the mission is also proving to inspire a whole new generation of astronauts, physicists and planetary scientists.
According to Varsity Tutors, the theatre of NASA’s Mars exploration has generated tremendous interest among current students. In 2021, classes on the topic of space have been Varsity Tutors’ most popular with over 40,000 registrations.
“Space-related classes and content have always been popular on Varsity Tutors, but since NASA’s exploration of Mars, that interest has scaled to new heights,” said Brian Galvin, Chief Academic Officer at Varsity Tutors. “It has sparked people’s imaginations and piqued their curiosity, and suddenly STEM learning is cooler than it’s ever been.”
“Space Club feeds the natural curiosity that kids have about outer space and provides them with a unique enriched learning opportunity,” Galvin said. “What better way to learn about outer space than from an astronaut who’s been there? Or from a renowned physicist?”
Space Club groups members into “mission crews” of 6-10 students for weekly meetings, plus features weekly self-guided activities and video mini-lessons. Space Club members are also invited to join celebrity instructors for pre-class meet-and-greets.
Each month, mission crews will focus on a different frontier of space. In March, students will explore the solar system, in April they will visit deep-space phenomena like black holes, and in the future, they will retrace the history of space exploration and explore the origins of the big bang.
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