How Your Kids Can Integrate Space Research with Summertime Fun | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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Carie Lemack is co-founder and CEO of DreamUp, the first company to bring space into classrooms and classrooms into space. A former national security policy expert/advocate and producer of an Academy Award-nominated film, Lemack is a proud alumna of Space Camp and a supporter of all space cadets reaching for the stars. Lemack contributed this article to's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Summer is a season for children to enjoy, because it is a time when their very perception of time changes. The days seem to pass quickly — too quickly — until the months fade and the memories blur.

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Summer is the time to fall in love with your town or city: to tour the museums and libraries you have seen from the outside but never entered; to visit your local observatory or planetarium and gaze at the stars; or to escape the light pollution of the city to see the Milky Way.

While parents and teachers can encourage students to exercise their minds during the long summer break, a free summer curriculum can help integrate STEM activities into kids' summertime fun. DreamUp, my company, offers a free curriculum that brings space-based research and other projects to students of all grade levels, and it is free to download from After immersing themselves in cutting-edge science all summer, students return to class with stories to share about their newfound interests in science and space exploration.

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For example, DreamUp has partnered with the National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) "to create a custom space-based curriculum that incorporates a mimic project for the middle school classrooms of each National STEM Scholar," or 10 middle school science teachers selected for a special program that "provides advanced science education training and networking opportunities for the influential middle teachers of future scientists and engineers," NSCF officials wrote in...
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