Curiosity killed the cat. It also successfully landed on the Mars surface yesterday, continuing the great mission of American space exploration. In fact, it was 53 years ago today that we reached one of our first milestones on that quest: the launch of the Explorer VI satellite, which provided us with the first picture of Earth as taken from space.
For many adolescents, outer space is a captivating concept. It’s so vast, it’s inescapable, yet utterly alien to anything we can experience on Earth. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular subject of study, for children and adults alike.
If your child is anything like I was (i.e., watching Star Wars on repeat and building giant spaceships out of Legos), then he or she has probably got space fever. Fortunately, there are ways to foster a child's curiosity beyond simple movies and toys. As Carol Bainbridge points out, Space Camp is "an ideal program for gifted children who love outer space." But even if you can’t afford to send your child to Huntsville, AL, there are other ways to keep him or her learning and engaged. You can buy a telescope and scour the night skies together, searching for constellations. You can take a trip to the local planetarium, or you can simply turn to some of the countless books available to help satisfy your child’s intrigue.