Mission Statement

Inspire students across the country to dream about their future and recognize the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in making these dreams a reality.

Summary

The “We Want Our Future!” Initiative is a nationwide outreach project that will challenge students to dream about what they want their future to look like – specifically with respect to space. This project will exclusively promote space exploration as a generational priority. The Initiative is a “for students, by students” project to call attention to the necessity of space in our collective future. The initiative combines art and creativity with science and technology in an effort to inspire future STEM leaders and increase overall space and technology literacy amongst the planets youth.

Objectives

  • Give students the opportunity to dream about their future.
  • Challenge students to create post-cards depicting their dreams for the future (with respect to space).
  • Exhibit the dreams of students to the world and their peers
  • Demonstrate the ability of space exploration to spark creativity and motivation in students
  • Unite the current generation behind the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Goal

Assemble 100,000 post cards from all 50 states and countries around the world to demonstrate that modern youth demand their future! As a whole, the postcards will represent a message from youth across the country and the planet that they want a future with robust space exploration. Specific cards/response will be posted online. These cards will be used to publicize the message, to inspire others, and to make the public aware of students’ desire for their future.

Logistics

A curriculum/lesson plan has been developed and is freely available to schools/groups interested in participating. This curriculum is centered around an outreach video which will discuss exploration as well as current and past technical achievements related to exploration. The video will discuss the objectives mentioned above and challenge students to dream about the future and depict this future on a postcard. Additional resources include a letter from astronaut Joe Tanner, a fully annotated presentation, and templates for student responses.

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