Preparing Today’s Students for The Growing Space Economy & Humanity’s Multiplanet Future 15 hours
The course also looks ahead to consider how we might educate students who are actually living in space in the coming years.
Course Description: It is clear the reality of a multi-planet future for humanity is fast approaching, with plans to land on the Moon in just a few years and Mars within the decade. How might we best prepare students to participate in the growing space economy and in all the opportunities human migration to space will afford them in their lifetime? Through a dozen units of study, this course provides an overview of why these questions are important, and how educators might help students develop the skill sets and mindsets they will need – whether they travel to space, work in the space industry, or remain on Earth to solve increasingly complex problems in other fields.
The course also looks ahead to consider how we might educate students who are actually living in space in the coming years. The consequences of communication delays, low gravity, and exposure to vacuum are significant, not to mention the likelihood of severely limited resources…while the unique learning opportunities are exciting as well. Finally, the course concludes with an exploration of issues related to moral decision making, leadership, and governance in future schools. It is truly an experiential course in Space Philosophy as much as education.
- Why Space Education
- Inspiration for Space Education
- Multidisciplinary Methods
- The Explorer’s Mindset
- Moonshot Thinking
- Design Methodology
- Synthesis, Collaboration, and Reflection
- Education on Mars
- Education on The Moon
- Education in Orbital Habitats and in Deep Space
- Moral Decision Making and Leadership for Space Education
- Alternative Governance Models for Space Education
Each participant will design and implement an action research project relevant to their work or passions. The project culminates in an academic paper that can be submitted to the Journal of Space Philosophy (and elsewhere) for publication.
Dr. Mark Wagner teaches the Space Education graduate certificate program at Kepler Space Institute, and is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Space Philosophy. He also serves as President of Space Prize, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting STEM education and increasing the representation of women in aerospace careers. In addition, he is the founder of ARES Learning, which provides a vision for schools that prepare students with the skill sets and mindsets they’ll need to be successful in the growing space economy – and in humanity’s rapidly approaching multi-planet future.
Dr. Wagner began his career as a high school English teacher, later serving as an Educational Technology Coordinator at the site, district, and county level. In 2006 he launched EdTechTeam, a professional development company dedicated to inspiring and empowering educators around the world. Each year EdTechTeam served 50,000 educators through over 100 conference-style events and hundreds of workshops in dozens of countries. EdTechTeam was recognized as the Google for Education Partner of the Year in 2018. However, Mark was a lifelong space enthusiast, having attended Space Camp twice while growing up, and having originally gone to school for astronautical engineering. Now he is thrilled to have made the transition to applying his educational technology experience in the growing field of Space Education.
Mark Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a masters degree in Cross-Cultural Education. He also holds graduate certificates in Space Education and Space Philosophy. He is the author of More Now: A Message from The Future for The Educators of Today (2018) and a forthcoming book about Space Education (2022), which explores both the current reality on Earth and the possibilities for teaching students on the Moon, on Mars, and in deep space habitats.
Outside his work, Mark loves playing hockey, practicing martial arts, and obsessing over his ’62 beetle, which now runs on an electric motor and Tesla batteries. He is a certified health coach and biohacking enthusiast, who also enjoys songwriting, spending time in nature, and exploring the world with his friends and family.
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