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About Objective: Moon

NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the Moon in . (Credit: NASA)

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.

Objective: Moon

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 :

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?

We encourage you to follow us on social media and put yourself on our email distribution list to stay informed. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

The Lunar Roving Vehicle during the Apollo 16 mission. For Julie Payette, seeing astronauts drive around on the Moon in this "Jeep" when she was young inspired her to become an astronaut herself. (Credit: NASA)

Supporting parents

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:

We also suggest that you follow us on social media and put yourself on our email distribution list to stay connected.

Dreaming of the Moon

Young Jeremy Hansen, when he was about 6 years old, poses in a mock-up of the Apollo lunar spacesuit during a family trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Credit: Hansen family)

"The inspiration provided by the Apollo program – the bravery, competence and technical achievement – changed my life. It gave me the idea and the permission to imagine myself as an astronaut."

Chris Hadfield

"I remember looking at photos of humans on the Moon as a young child and then staring up at the Moon in the night sky and realizing people had been there. From that point forward I was looking in my school library for books on space and it was all about building bases on other planets and travelling to other planets. I thought, ‘That is what I am going to do someday.’

I turned my treehouse into a rocket ship. I had dials and circuit breakers for switches and all sorts of stuff. I was really exploring space at a young age, because of the fact that I saw that humans had left our planet and walked on the Moon. I still think today that it is the coolest thing."

Jeremy Hansen

"Just the thought of the day when we might see a Canadian flag on the Moon is something that excites me like nothing else. That day is coming."

Joshua Kutryk

"When I was 9 or 10 years old, I would watch the exploits of the astronauts of the Apollo missions on TV, who were going back and forth from Earth to the Moon. I said to myself, ‘One day, I would like to become an astronaut too.’ I was fascinated by the lunar Jeep, the rocket propulsion and the spacesuits. I wanted to do the same thing."

Julie Payette

"As a child, I was impressed by photos of Earth taken by the Apollo astronauts from the Moon and I was drawn to a life of adventure, exploration and discovery."

David Saint-Jacques

"Going to the Moon in the Apollo era changed what we thought was possible. (…) I would absolutely want to be the first woman on the Moon. It just provides so many opportunities for humankind, science and exploration."

Jenni Sidey-Gibbons
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