About Objective: Moon
The Moon, a source of inspiration
The Moon has always been a source of wonder. Shining in our night sky, it has fed the imaginations of artists, hopeless romantics, poets, and musicians for centuries. Indigenous peoples consider the Moon to be very spiritual and to have special powers.
Past Moon landings inspired generations of scientists and engineers, like many at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), who credit images of astronauts walking on the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s with joining the Canadian space program later in life.
Most of our CSA astronauts also started dreaming of exploring space thanks to the Moon missions.
Canada is now preparing to go to the Moon. Our country is part of the NASA-led Lunar Gateway program, and we want Canadian youth to reach for their own star; get excited about space and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and understand how they can play a role in future missions to the Moon and beyond.
The CSA is currently creating meaningful, interactive, curriculum-based and accessible hands-on K-12 learning initiatives linked to Moon missions. Teachers, educators and parents will be able to use them in classrooms, in science centres, in youth organizations and at home starting in :
- A healthy mind and body: the key to thriving in space and on Earth (health and nutrition)
- Commanding a rover
- Building an artificial intelligence-enabled robot
- Space brain hack
Simple and fun Moon-related activities and resources will also be available in spring .
Supporting teachers and educators
Helping you inspire Canadian youth through engaging space initiatives
Space has a unique ability to inspire young people across all genders, cultures and communities to pursue an interest and studies in STEM subjects and eventually transition into the STEM workforce.
Since we believe that helping Canadian youth is a shared responsibility, our initiatives will be tailored to the needs of teachers in the classroom, but also of educators in more informal learning settings. For us, educators can include staff, volunteers and activity leaders at various organizations (e.g. science centres and museums, youth associations, clubs and community groups) and parents, whether or not they homeschool their kids.
Giving you the support you need
Getting Canadian youth excited about STEM requires teamwork. That is why we are here to help you roll out our initiatives in your classroom, your organization or your home.
Curriculum links and age recommendations will be provided. Each initiative will also include its own set of support tools, such as:
- a webinar
- a tutorial video
- an educator’s guide
And that’s not all! Did you know that we already provide the following free, bilingual resources?
- posters, infographics and images from our searchable gallery
- hundreds of videos by astronauts and experts on a variety of topics
- virtual or in-person talks by astronauts and space experts
- fun K-12 learning resources (from colouring sheets to digital games and simple experiments)
- Canadian Space Ambassadors network
- space career profiles and information
- funding opportunities for science centres, museums and STEM and youth organizations
We believe that parents have the greatest influence on the learning and future education and career choices of their children. They have the power to encourage their children to always stay curious and spark their interest in space and STEM.
If you want to give your kids STEM learning opportunities outside of school, we invite you to go to your local science centre, library or youth organization. Also, here are some activities to consider:
- Learn about the Moon
- Get outside to gaze at the Moon and the night sky (no need to be an astronomy buff to enjoy the beauty of the stars, but here are a few astronomy basics and tips; did you know that you can also spot the International Space Station with the naked eye from your backyard?)
- Check out our fun online resources about the Moon and other space topics
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