The Lagoon Nebula (photo credit: ESA/Hubble, http://www.spacetelescope.org)
Space. I have been fascinated by it since I was 5 years old (maybe sooner, but that is my first memory). When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be Neil Armstrong. By third grade, I was certain I would follow in the footsteps of Sally Ride and Shannon Lucid (representation is important!). While my career did not take me to space, the love and fascination has never left me. Kids today are lucky to live in the age of the internet. The knowledge and tools to explore their interests is literally at their fingertips. Whether you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, neighbor, mentor, friend, or amateur space enthusiast (like me), please go to www.nasa.gov/stem immediately. No matter who you are in age or position, space is just cool. Introduce that budding space explorer in your life or your classroom to some of the great projects, information and resources available on the site. You will not be disappointed. I am off to make a moon phases calendar.