The Global Space Education Foundation has started storytime in space with astronauts and it honestly sounds like the best thing ever!
Getting kids to bed can be quite a task at times. The bedtime story-telling ritual for kids has been trusted since time immemorial. But, what if we said that you can kick up the storytelling routine by several notches? It goes without saying that most of the parents don't enjoy the bedtime ritual of storytelling as much as their children do and exactly that is why the Global Space Education Foundation has come up with Story Time in Space where astronauts read stories from space. With the help of The Global Space Education Foundation, children now can watch astronauts reading educational bedtime stories to them from space.
Patricia Tribe, former director of education at Space Center Houston is the one who came up with the idea of the project. In a conversation with HuffPost, Tribe said that she had the idea of astronauts reading bedtime stories to children from Space came up after she did some research on literacy and science skills in the United States. She said, "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.”
The heartwarming initiative actually works in a very simple manner. The books that would be read by children are delivered to the International Space Station where the 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. The project saw the light of the day after Tribe did some research on literacy and science skills in the US. She realized the importance of developing skills in children, hence she decided to build something that will combine both, science and reading, into one and make it more accessible and interesting to children all over the world.
The first book that was read for children in-orbit was by the co-founder himself. Drew Jr. and the book was titled as Max Goes to the Moon, which tells the story of the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery. The project started around two years ago, and since then, many other stories have been told from space that can be accessed on the project’s website. Tribe added, "We don’t want to perpetuate any misinformation." In order to make children gain more knowledge about the field of space, astronauts also perform various science experiments in the Space Station.