The Space industry bears a remarkable resemblance to an industry that enriched most Space entrepreneurs: the Internet, another space that’s virtually out of this world. A generation ago, few people imagined that the “brick and mortar” world of retail would be rocked by an online bookstore named after a river, or that people would trust their money to flow through a place called PayPal, or that computer geeks would become billionaire celebrities while still in their twenties.Read More
The Martians in our classrooms are already experiencing mobility in a way that is conceptually different than other generations: mobility sharing. We have ride sharing, bike sharing… and even more mobility sharing modes in the years to come.Read More
“We humans have, since the earliest civilizations, built monuments. We want to leave something behind to show the next generation, or the generations after that, what we did with our time here.”Read More
Creativity and play are common themes in innovation and can help solve big problems. Give students agency in demonstrating mastery of content in fun and creative ways using a menu of options such as this:Read More
Sometimes a relatively small, well-timed, deft intervention at the right injection point will set everything working again. A tune-up, a new carburetor: the right injection at the perfect injection point.Read More
We have come along way in technological advances and space travel, but in order to lead the way in future missions, we have to think bigger in education as well.
The Martian Classroom isn't just about space, it's a metaphor for the future of education and where we need to drive the learning space of the future by equipping students to thrive both on and off of planet Earth.
Educators influence the future. The Martians in our classrooms are that future and will pave the way for humanity. What an awesome responsibility we have and they have!
We are just getting started. Let's propel the change rather than waiting for the change to propel us.Read More
Our education system is tied closely to industry; first to agriculture, then to manufacturing, now to technology. In the future, we will continue to build on this technology as we explore Space. We have hardly scraped the surface in keeping up with accelerating technologies. Dell Technologies predicts that 85% of the jobs in 2030 haven't been created yet. What steps do we need to make in order to ensure that our students are prepared for unknown jobs, on and off of our planet?Read More
Not only did these inventions quickly find their way into the lives of Americans, but many of them also produced abundant tax returns for the government itself. The plan catalyzed consumer industries and sent the U.S. economy soaring to unprecedented levels.Read More
The Martian Classroom isn’t just about Space, it’s also a metaphor for the future of education and where we need to drive the learning space for this future. To start, we need to loosen the ties between education and geography, and this needs to happen now. Expanding the classroom to collaborate with classes on the other side of the globe will prepare students for a world that connects work to global talent.Read More
The moon landing was the “where were you when?” moment for not one but two generations. 9/11 was, unfortunately, the next “where were you when” moment for many of us. What was the biggest "where were you when" moment in your generation? What were you doing at the time? What impact did that moment have on the world around you? How did it impact education?
Most of the Martians in today’s classrooms were not born when 911 took place. How do we ensure that the next “where were you when” moment is a victory for humankind and not a tragedy? What role do we play as educators?
What if Martin Luther King had not had the courage to stand up and say something when it mattered most? His, "I Have a Dream," speech was powerful because of his confidence, his message, and his ability to connect with his audience. That is the power we give to students when we equip them with the belief that their ideas matter, and with the toolset to share their message in a way that makes an impact.Read More
One sizeable asteroid can hold $20 trillion worth of minerals. On a smaller, more practical scale, Peter Diamandis estimates that a single 100-foot asteroid can contain as much as $50 billion of platinum. The good news is, we can exploit asteroids without damaging Earth’s environment, and the supply is endless.Read More
66 years separated the Wright Brothers from the Apollo 11 moon landing. The next great frontier is not too far away. The students in today's classrooms will not only witness colonies on the Moon and Mars, they will also be the ones taking on these great frontiers and paving the way for humanity.Read More
It’s conceivable that the first street-legal and sky-legal PAVs could be on the market by 2025. We’ll all see the PAV as a triumph of capitalism; and it will be, thanks in part to NASA’s catalyzing technology.Read More
When most people think of spinoffs, they likely think of radio programs, video games, fiction novels, products, or TV shows like Young Sheldon, a spinoff of the Big Bang Theory. It’s an opportunity to dive into a particular character or scene. But what about NASA Spinoffs- not the rocket boosters spinning back to earth, but products that are benefiting humanity and got their start as a NASA technology?Read More
When we look at the world’s biggest problems, most require solutions related to STEM. Based on this data, only a slight fraction of our country is able to solve these issues. In order to remain relevant and maintain our standing amongst nations, STEM education must be at the top-of-mind for every educator, politician, and when it comes down to it, every last one of us. Whether it’s discovering the cure for cancer, creating algorithms and systems for transportation, detecting the next terrorist attack, or developing the technology to send humans to Mars, the answer lies in equipping those in our classrooms with the knowledge, skills, the space to create, and the inspiration to do so.Read More
A revived robust public space program today is the change we need to inspire the next generation of STEM students, teachers, and professionals. The future has always been linked to our identity as a nation. We could always make things better, and whatever it took, we were going to do that work.Read More