For years I have been hooked on Big Bang Theory, a quirky comedy series about a bunch of geeks who wrestle with the most complex questions about science. I am no genius but I have always been fascinated with science, Astronomy in particular. When Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos propelled themselves to space I was secretly wishing I was there with them to bask in one of the most exciting times in space history.
In 6th grade, my teacher asked me to report about the moon. A few research books later, I was standing before an audience talking about the waxing and waning of moon cycles, the umbra and penumbra, the crescent and the gibbous. I was so enthralled by the new world opening up before my very eyes.
Science since then has become more graphic and more tangible. With the advent of internet, news of space exploration comes to us for breakfast. Information never runs out. Formal instruction has become richer and fuller because of science and technology itself. As prime movers and shakers in education, we have the privilege to shape and inspire young minds. Lessons about the sciences can bring a whole new experience to students. Let them meet Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Valentine Tereshkova. Send them on a Sputnik Mission to explore and be curious about the Milky Way, the Orion’s belt and Halley’s comet.
Teach them to wonder. To look up and reach for the stars!
By: Joanna Cabredo
*Every first Friday of May, National Space Day is celebrated to inspire the pursuit of knowledge.