Words cannot express how excited I am to be sharing this picture! Recently, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a launch event at the University of Ottawa as part of my new role with Let’s Talk Science. At this event, Let’s Talk Science and the Canadian Space Agency brought together some very lucky students from the Ottawa area to help Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques and the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development) launch the Living Space action project. They were both highly engaging and inspiring speakers, and the questions asked by students provided excellent starting points for rich discussion about David’s upcoming mission to the ISS and the future of space exploration.
The astronauts who will go to Mars are kids… could be you!
-David Saint-Jacques (October 24, 2018)
The curiosity, passion and determination demonstrated by David Saint-Jacques was truly remarkable and I don’t think I was the only one that left the room feeling star-struck! It was a highlight of my year to be in that room and observe how impactful his story was for our young learners, as they will be the explorers of tomorrow, embarking on long-duration and long-distance space flights. In the words of David Saint-Jacques, “The astronauts who will go to Mars are kids… could be you!“
Below, David Saint-Jacques invites Canadian students to participate in the Living Space project. I feel honoured to a part of this initiative and I’m so excited to bring such rich, authentic learning experiences to students across Canada. Let’s get coding!
To watch the livestream of the event with David Saint-Jacques and Minister Bains on October 24th in Ottawa, check out the video below!
You can see the second part of the event, where David Saint-Jacques discusses space exploration and his upcoming mission, through the Let’s Talk Science Facebook page.