Curiosity drives us. In order to keep our curiosity, we need to feed it with ever-new information and interests. Curiosity starts in childhood. Our earliest memory may be the image of ourselves standing under the night sky for the first time, with our thoughts roaming free, searching for answers to the big questions. Everyone has to find his or her own answer to these questions, but one thing is for sure: Every day someone somewhere discovers something new.
Science helps us to understand ourselves, and our place in the universe. Research leads the way in the development of new technology, which may – or may not – make our everyday lives easier. This blog is about all these things.
Space for Science is run by Jan and Alexander, two teachers from Finland and Norway respectively, whose interest in space and science connects them across country borders, and whose passion for teaching has made them friends.
No question is too childish. A child’s questions are often the most interesting to explore. And there are certainly no stupid questions. Not here. Here, both readers and writers gladly realize what John Green has once put into words as follows:
…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”
Honestly, we are just a bunch of nerdy teachers.
Jan teaches mathematics and interdisciplinary science to pupils 13-16 years of age at Sursik School, Pedersöre, Finland. Space-related science often gives some sort of answer to the question “Why?”, a question quite common in math class. It also triggers curiosity, one key component in progress.
Alexander is a physicist, teacher and science communicator who is currently working at the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education at Andøya Space Center in Norway. Even though, in his case, work and play do overlap, the content on this webpage is entirely private. You can follow Alexander on Twitter, Facebook and Google +.