Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children’s passions for science, technology, engineering, arts and math by providing innovative, interactive educational tools to educators across the country. ShareSpace has reached more than 250,000 children across the globe through strategic partnerships and the engaging Giant Mars Map™.
The National Research Council states that early exposure to STEM supports children’s overall academic growth, develops early critical thinking and reasoning skills, and enhances later interest in STEM study and careers. Even more so, by integrating Art and Design into STEM education, children will be even more equipped and inspired to become innovators of the 21st century.
The Giant Mars Maps are designed with curriculum materials developed at Purdue University, based on National Science Standards.
“Just over 100 years ago man learned to fly in airplanes, and about half a century later man walked on the moon,” said Buzz Aldrin, ShareSpace Chairman and Apollo 11 astronaut. “The young generation of today will decide what happens next – and STEAM will awaken their senses and ignite their capabilities.”