First Junior Astronaut Activities Now Available

Junior Astronaut Initiative. Credit: Canadian Space Agency.

The Canadian Space Agency Tweeted yesterday that that the first Junior Astronaut activities are available for teachers, educators, parents and youth group leaders.

The initial activities comes just a month after SpaceQ broke the news that Western University had been selected to consult on the program and help bring activities to students across the country.

The Junior Activities program is designed for students in grades 6 to 9. However, the activities are note solely for schools, they can also be run by youth organizations.

The activities are divided into three streams; Science and technology, Fitness and Nutrition, and Teamwork and Communication.

As an example of some of the activities, the Science and Technology stream will have three activities to start with.

  • Living Space (Available now) – Investigate your living space! Let’s Talk Science invites you to learn how environmental monitoring can help improve physical and mental health on Earth and in space.
  • Astro Pi: Mission Zero (Available this month) – It’s time to take your coding skills to infinity—and beyond! Participate in the Astro Pi: Mission Zero challenge, and your own code will be sent to space!
  • Lunar Resupply Mission (Available this month) – Build a lunar lander to send supplies to the Moon. Design, budget, build, and test your lander to safely deliver a payload to the Moon.

The Fitness and Nutrition stream has 20 activities, many available now. The Teamwork and Communication stream currently has 8 activities.

About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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