The Excitement of Science Learning and Education
On Friday last, the final space shuttle mission got underway as the majestic spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. For the past thirty years the American Space Shuttle program has captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation of people – not just Americans either, but billions of people the world over who have been inspired by NASA to take a passionate interest in science learning and education.
Many people are sad that, once it makes its final reentry early next week, the space shuttle will fly no more, only living on in those dozens of great educational toys from our youth. It’s not just sad because it’s the end of an era, however. The unfortunate fact is, due to budget concerns emanating from the poor economy, there are no plans for NASA to introduce a new manned space flight program, so it may be some time before we see an American spacecraft and crew orbiting the earth again.
Last year, President Obama announced a whole host of cost-cutting measures aimed at bolstering the floundering economy. Unfortunately, NASA’s budget was one of the most aggressively affected, with their planned Constellation spaceflight program being canceled as a result. Talk of a manned mission to Mars that was being mentioned in the early 2000s now seems hopelessly optimistic.
All is not lost, however. NASA will continue the majority of its unmanned projects, each of which has been invaluable in helping us understand the universe around us. And when it comes to manned missions, American astronauts will be able to hitch a ride on Russian rockets in order to continue their much-needed work aboard the International Space Station. And who knows, if the economy picks up – or if enough pressure is put on the president – we may get a new manned spaceflight program in the not-too-distant future. Optimism is your friend.
If there is one lasting legacy that NASA – and the shuttle missions in particular – will leave us with, it is the revival of popular interest in science and the world around us. The site of those massive rocket boosters being fired up has inspired thousands of people to take up careers in science, and millions more to pursue an active interest in science for fun.
The GeoSafari Planetarium enables you to bring the entire solar system to life with the flick of a switch, as light and motion give this model a dynamic way to demonstrate the inner workings of our little patch of the universe. The GeoSafari Planetarium also has the potential to be a wonderful science learning and education tool in the classroom too, where you can use the star dome to create your own personal planetarium, teaching kids to go home and locate the constellations and planets on any night of the year.
Planets are even marked with symbols for easy identification, while “longitude” markings enable you to arrange the planets according to the solar system on specific days – just follow the easy to read “planetary address,” One of our selection of great educational toys, the GeoSafari Planetarium is available now for just $34.99 and is eligible for free shipping too!
Another fantastic tool for science learning and education is the GeoVision Telescope. Since the time of Galileo, there has been no better way to view our solar system than with a trusty telescope. And at just $29.99, this could be an invaluable gift for your child – or even for yourself. A great starter kit, this telescope will help foster an interest in science learning and education – it may even fill the gap left by the space shuttle!
So check out these two great educational toys today, brought to you by Elite Toy Store.