Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation Reaches 200,000 Students by Awarding Mars Maps to Educators Worldwide

Essay Contest Winners Received an Exclusive, Free Giant Destination Mars Mapto Enhance Learning Environments and Inspire Students

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL—Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation has gifted dozens of deserving educational organizations in the United States and abroad with one of its limited-availability Giant Destination Mars Maps™ and accompanying curriculum. Recipients were selected through a national essay contest for interested educators held by ShareSpace Foundation in July and August.

ShareSpace’s Giant Destination Mars Map™ is an exciting, interactive educational tool that promotes active learning by letting students explore and discover Mars first-hand. Suited for later-elementary-aged students, the Giant Mars Map is a 25’x25’ vinyl floor map depicting the topography of Mars with bright colors as well as the landing locations of NASA’s Mars robots, and can be used on any large surface—from a school’s gym to a museum’s lobby.

“The online essay contest was designed to help any educational institution passionate about STEAM and space education earn a select partnership with ShareSpace as a recipient of a Giant Mars Map by submitting a short essay describing how they would use the educational tool to inspire children in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math,” said ShareSpace Executive Director Linn LeBlanc.

Educators chosen to receive this esteemed award also earned honorary membership to the Mars Map Base Camp Community, comprised of the select group of mentors and teachers who have also received the award.

ShareSpace Foundation will soon begin a series of workshop visits to winning organizations to provide support to educators, learn how each organization has implemented the Map and how it is being used, and document the Map in use to share new ideas with the Mars Map Base Camp Community. Says ShareSpace founder and chair Dr. Buzz Aldrin, “Our children are the ones who will get us to Mars. We must invest in the development of their passions for STEAM to spark their imaginations and open up possibilities we have yet to discover.”

ShareSpace Foundation will be gifting another 50 Giant Destination Mars Maps to educators in the coming months. Interested educators, may sign up here

Giant Destination Mars Map™ Mars Map locations:

ALASKA—St. Paul School (St. Paul Island), Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (Phoenix)

ARIZONA—Auxier Elementary School (Queen Creek)

CALIFORNIA—STEAM Enrichment, Inc. (Thousand Oaks), Maywood Elementary (Maywood)

COLORADO—Stetson Elementary School (Colorado Springs), Odyssey Elementary School (Colorado Springs), Ridgeview Elementary School (Colorado Springs), Space Foundation (Colorado Springs)

DELAWARE—Smith Elementary School (Newark)

FLORIDA—Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (Kennedy Space Center), Kennedy Space Center NASA Education (Kennedy Space Center), Randall Middle School (Lithia), Fishhawk Creek Elementary (Lithia), Jupiter Elementary School (Palm Bay), Madison Middle School (Titusville), Croton Elementary (Melbourne)

INDIANA—Purdue University/Space Day (West Lafayette), Kankaee Valley Middle School (Wheatfield), Whiting Middle School (Whiting)

KANSAS—Christ the King Catholic School (Wichita), Trail Ridge Middle School (Gardner)

LOUISIANA—Sci-Port Louisiana Science Center (Shreveport)

MINNESOTA—Jefferson Elementary STEM School (Winona)

NEW JERSEY—Buzz Aldrin Middle School (Montclair), Howell High School (Farmingdale)

NEW YORK—Smithtown School District (Nesconset)

NORTH CAROLINA—Robeson Planetarium (Lumberton)

OHIO—Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West (Oregon)

PENNSYLVANIA—State Library of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg)

TEXAS—Frontiers of Flight Museum (Dallas)

WISCONSIN—St. Mary’s Visitation (Elm Grove), Space St. Croix (Hudson)

MEXICO—Colegio Christa Corrigan

NEPAL—Everest Science Center


About Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation: 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. ShareSpace provides innovative, interactive educational tools to educators across the country at no cost. Since its relaunch in 2014, ShareSpace has reached more than 250,000 children across the globe through strategic partnerships and engaging, informative programs such as the Giant Destination Mars Map™, and continues to seek new ways of engaging our future explorers and thinkers.

For more information or to support ShareSpace and its mission,

please visit www.sharespace.org or call (321) 783-6836.

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