Announcing RocketSTEM, which will be a non-profit foundation for promoting Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education. Our first project is the startup of a monthly digital magazine centered on providing content geared towards teachers, students and parents as well. The publication will mix in space history – past, present and future – along with interviews, career paths, astronomy lessons, a sprinkling of aerospace news, museum features, NASA tech spinoffs, puzzles, games, quizzes, lesson plans and other educational resources, along with easy-to-follow explanations of the mathematics and physics of all things to do with aerospace and space travel. And that is just for starters.
I’m working with a hand-picked core staff to develop this magazine - tentatively called ‘My Aerospace News’. Our goals basically revolve around a) inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts; b) keeping educators informed on space developments and helping them better work STEM lessons into their classrooms; c) raising awareness of the benefits of space exploration; along with two ‘lessor’ goals d) encouraging international cooperation in space exploration; and e) raising the level of discussion regarding the funding of NASA so that it becomes a more significant campaign issue in future elections.
The reality is that we will be using a wide variety of regular staff, freelancers and a rotating cast of contributors. So there will be opportunities for anything from writers, copy editors/fact checkers, artists, graphic designers, researchers, web/iOS developers, science advisers, etc. If a project such as this excites you then please feel free to contact me directly.
The inaugural issue is slated to be out as early as late-December, with a couple months between the next one in order to obtain feedback from educators and the public. The plan is to go to a monthly publication by August 2013.