Houston, Texas, Sept. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Center for Science and Industry (COSI), the “Nation’s #1 Science Museum” voted by USA Today’s Top 10, in collaboration with the White House National Space Council’s priority to promote awareness of career opportunities in space is to provide hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) kits, called Learning Lunchboxes and the Your place in space board game, to inspire young people and families around space and trades. The collaboration with the National Space Council was announced today by Vice President Kamala Harris in Houston, Texas, and during a visit by United States President Joe Biden to Columbus, Ohio.
The Your Place in Space board game is a resource that highlights the importance of space exploration, career paths in space, such as food science, satellites and more in federal agencies. The kit highlights the twelve federal agencies of the National Space Council and their associated careers within the space industry.
Learning Lunch Boxes are fun, interactive kits featuring five hands-on activities that inspire participants to “do science” while showcasing the diversity of STEM careers. The Your place in space The board game will be inside each Learning Lunchbox kit, further inspiring users around careers in space.
As part of the launch, COSI is distributing more than 1,500 National Space Council-themed kits and the Your place in space board games throughout the city of Houston.
“COSI’s mission is to engage, inspire and transform lives and communities. As we celebrate the 60e anniversary of JFK’s inspirational speech to take us to the moon, we can inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers as we return to space with the Artemis program sending the first woman and person of color to the moon,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, President and CEO of COSI. “We are grateful for this partnership and the leadership of Vice President Kamala Harris, the National Space Council and the White House to help create the Your place in space board game, sure to inspire countless minds around space careers, and deliver this latest “inspiration kit” directly to young people and families through this innovative collaboration.
COSI has traditionally distributed kits to local food banks across the United States and around the world to help feed hungry lives and feed hungry minds. This innovative community model brings together other informal and formal education leaders to highlight the importance of STEM and to help bridge the education gap.
COSI has distributed Learning Lunchbox kits in the United States and around the world. COSI recently partnered with NASA to distribute over 30,000 kits across the United States, and the US State Department to showcase STEM innovation through Learning Lunchboxes at the Dubai World Expo. COSI has also distributed these kits in England, France, Barbados and other countries.
For more information, visit COSI.org/connect.
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COSI, the “No. 1 Science Museum in the Nation” voted by USA Today’s 10Best, is a renowned science center that has delighted central Ohio with all things science for 58 years, inspiring interest for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and offering our brand of experiential and “hands-on fun” learning. COSI has received five EMMY awards for its effective science communication television and video productions that impact science literacy for people of all ages. As a trusted educational resource for families, schools, and community partners, COSI is a vital part of our regional and national community, engaging millions of people each year through onsite, offsite, and online experiences.
Group photo at Burbank Middle School