COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 10, 2019) – The Space Foundation of Colorado Springs has collaborated with Peanuts to provide free Snoopy-themed lesson plans to improve students’ skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The new lesson plans coincide with the release of two Peanuts books from Simon & Schuster, Shoot for the Moon, Snoopy! and Snoopy, First Beagle on the Moon!
In announcing the newly formed relationship and the release of these materials, Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor offered, “This partnership allows the Space Foundation and Peanuts to provide formal and informal lesson plans and content to educators for hands-on and immersive activities, which are fun and exciting for all students.”
The Space Foundation’s accredited educators created the lesson plans using artwork created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz which feature a beagle named Snoopy as an astronaut on the Moon. Snoopy’s connection to NASA and the American space program started during the Apollo era, when NASA asked Schulz for permission to use America’s favorite beagle as their mascot for mission safety, a tradition and commitment that continues today.
With the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, Snoopy the Astronaut is back, helping today’s students become the space leaders of the future.
The Space Foundation is working with its members, partners, and supporters in building the next generation of space explorers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Those efforts include enhancing the overall quality of education through teacher, student, and community programs that use space themes to increase students’ interest and skills in STEM disciplines. Learn more about Space Foundation STEM education outreach at https://www.discoverspace.org/education
Educators may access the free lesson plans at https://www.discoverspace.org/stem-lesson-plans