Bedtime stories not only are good for your child, but also for you as a parent. This because it creates a stronger bond between you and your child. Now, in terms of benefits, bedtime stories help your child develop their vocabulary, imagination, and improves concentration. But do you, as a parent, always find the time to read them a bedtime story?
Unfortunately, no, due to all the exhausting duties you face during a typical day. And at the end of the day, you’d rather just send your kid and yourself to sleep right away. But, behold, my friend, NASA’s team is here on the rescue!
Thanks to the Global Space Education Foundation’s special project called Story Time from Space astronauts will be reading popular bedtime stories from space for your children.
Children can watch astronauts reading educational bedtime stories to them from space.
This amazing project was initiated by Patricia Tribe, an educator and the former director of education at Space Center Houston, and astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr.
The initiative, which warms our heart with its purpose, works like this: the books are delivered to the International Space Station where astronauts are working on various missions, then the astronauts record themselves reading the books and the video is made available on the initiative’s webpage and YouTube channel.
This project came to life after some researches on literacy and science skills in the US has been made. These researches were conducted by Tribe. She saw it as a necessity for the kids to improve both of these skills.
So, the educator decided to create something that would help combine both, science and reading, into one and make it more accessible. “What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading? You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station,” she told Huff Post.
Drew Jr., the co-founder of the initiative, was the first one to read a story from space. He read a book called “Max Goes to the Moon”, about the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery. And ever since then, many other stories have been told from space, and they all can be accessed through the project’s website.
Only books that provide accurate information regarding STEM are read by the astronauts. “We don’t want to perpetuate any misinformation,” Tribe said.
To make children more knowledgeable in the field, ie offer them a more hands-on approach, astronauts also perform various science experiments in the Space Station.