Kindergarten teacher, Carole Widmayer shared Story Time from Space with me this weekend. Story Time from Space, is a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation that features astronauts reading beloved children’s books from the International Space Station. Story Time from Space began with a pilot test from astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr., also known as Alvin Drew, who helped co-found the initiative with Tribe. He read Max Goes to the Moon, a book by astrophysicist and author Jeffrey Bennett, on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery. Since the project’s official launch, other stories that have been told from space include Next Time You See a Sunset by Emily Morgan and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. The footage of the reading sessions are available on the Story Time from Space site and YouTube.
This book tells the tale of Rosie Revere, a young girl who dreams of becoming a great engineer. She creates fantastic inventions with everything from wire and old fans to spray cheese and doll parts. When people laugh at Rosie’s gizmos, she’ll need help from a special friend to find the courage to follow her dreams.Watch astronaut Kate Rubins read Rosie Revere, Engineer below.
In the book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, Rosie builds a hat to keep snakes off of her uncle’s head using unusual objects. Students will use the engineering design process to build their own snake-repelling hats! They watch videos with experts as they learn about snakes, what snakes fear most, how to go through the engineering design process, and get inspired by others’ creations.
Snakes! with the Midwest Museum of Natural Hiss-tory
Examples of Snake-Repelling hats!