Astronauts report a cognitive shift in awareness by seeing the earth from space: a beautiful yet fragile planet in the vastness of space and realized it’s all we have. This is also known as the Overview Effect. Experiencing the Overview Effect has triggered astronauts to start outreach programs on the importance of protecting our only home: earth.
Why focus on children aged 10-12?
Through advanced virtual reality Spacebuzz allows everyone to experience the so called ‘overview effect’: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by astronauts during spaceflight that instills awareness on the fragility of planet earth and a desire to protect it. Academic research has shown that exposing elementary school children to new world views like these significantly impacts their desire to act positively and protect the planet later in life.
Is SpaceBuzz non-profit?
Yes, the SpaceBuzz foundation is a not for profit entity with ANBI status that invests all the funds it generates in inspiring children to become ambassadors of planet earth.
What does the educational program entail?
SpaceBuzz is first and foremost an educational project that consists of:
– Six pre-flight missions that prepare children for space travel by teaching them about Space, Earth, Technology and what it means to be an astronaut.
– Six post-flight missions that allow children to do research, reflect on their mission and hold their own press conference, just like astronauts do.
– Plug- and play materials for each mission, so teachers can focus on the content of the SpaceBuzz program.
What countries are you active in?
We have launched in the Netherlands to great success, but have global ambitions. In the words of André Kuipers, astronaut and founder of SpaceBuzz: ‘We have been humbled by Spacebuzz success in Holland, the experience is fully booked until 2021 and we are currently building a second rocket. But this was always supposed to become an international project. It’s our mission to turn all children into ambassadors for planet earth and we are beyond excited to be able to share our work with my colleagues and – even more importantly – kids around the world.’
How can I get involved?
We truly appreciate it if you support us to roll out our program. There are two options to contribute to the SpaceBuzz project:
You can donate one-time or on a regular base, which helps us creating a future generation of ambassadors of Planet Earth. Here (link invoegen) you fill in your name and other details, select the payment method you prefer and easily follow the steps.
As a partner:
Are you more interested in supporting us as a partner? That’s also great news! For more information about this we kindly ask you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are more than happy to give you further information about our mission!