Earth as an exoplanet, or the benefits of space science perspective for young students

Your Name and Title: Julia Brodsky

School or Organization Name: Art of Inquiry LLC

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s):"2019Teachers","2019Students", "2019Curriculum"

Short Session Description (one line): The world around us is changing and growing in complexity very quickly, and we need to provide tools for our children to live in this new world.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

At the current moment, the humanity is stepping into a completely new world – a world of genetic engineering, sophisticated AI, rapidly evolving technology, climate and ecological changes. We observe a rapid increase of social and technological complexity on a daily basis. This situation presents unique challenges for children and adults alike – we are all newcomers to this unfolding reality, and have precious little experience and intuition. The humanity gets more and more powerful, but not mindful enough to make sure not to harm itself, the life on Earth, and the whole planet. What should we teach our children in such a situation, to make sure that they make good use of that power?

These times call for teaching open-mindedness and fearless inquiry skills, critical thinking and big picture perspective. This may be a good time to learn from astrobiology, an emergent science, whose focus is exactly that - the new worlds. In our session we will discuss how astrobiology helps to  teach the students to consider different perspectives, embrace questioning and develop science identity.

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Please go to the OPTIONS button and edit your proposal so that the required tags in are in the tag field. See Step 9 of the call for proposals. Let me know when you’ve made this change, and I’ll approve your proposal.

Lucy Gray

Conference Co-Chair 

Thank you, Lucy

I think there is some technical glitch - I have added all the tags the first time, and I see them in the "edit tags" field - but not when I save the discussion.

Here are the tags for the discussion:

Earth, Space, global citizenship, middle school, questioning, science

Could you please advice me on this?

Thank you again,


I just did it for you.. :) 

Thank you!!


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