News | Apr 14, 2021

25,000 postcards soar to space as Club for the Future expands collaborations with leading STEM organizations

Club for the Future sent more than 25,000 postcards to space and back today onboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle. Postcards came from students and classrooms in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, bringing the total number of countries participating in the program to more than 100 spanning seven continents. All postcards are returned to each person with a “Flown to Space” and NASA Artemis stamp.

In addition to giving students direct access to space through Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, Club has expanded its collaborations with several leading STEM organizations to integrate the Postcards to Space program into education initiatives, as well as supported the development of space-focused curriculum and activities.

Highlights include collaborations with the Challenger Center to develop Destination Moon, a virtual STEM experience for 7th and 8th graders to take a virtual trip to the Moon and explore the lunar surface; Microsoft Hacking STEM to enable students to use a free interactive data science project to investigate how data powers our astronauts, our space missions, and our world; and Project Ianos, a STEM education initiative funded by NASA to develop videos, curriculum, and hands-on learning tools focused on the past, present, and future of human spaceflight for 5th to 8th graders.

Additionally, the Club’s partnership with Florida-based nonprofit STEM2 Hub on Dream Big Florida, an initiative to bring every student in Florida access to space, will extend into the 2021-2022 school year.

Learn more about the Club’s partnerships here:

For more information about Club for the Future’s collaborators as well as instructions on how to send a postcard to space, please visit: clubforfuture.org.

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