Kindergarten explorers- Igniting the inner spark

Efrat Menahem, Danielle Oryan, Yifat Mescheloff, Lior Ron, Gil Doron, Shimrit Maman

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The concept of igniting the inner spark refers to the process of unlocking an individual's innate motivation and passion, which can lead to increased productivity, creativity, and overall satisfaction in both personal and professional pursuits. As the world changes in the 21st century, this spark is necessary for the development of essential skills such as flexibility, openness, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication. Given the above, the Ramon Space Race educational program is designed to provide preschool children with a unique learning experience focused on space exploration. The program has been successfully adopted by 276 kindergartens throughout Israel, reaching 8, 000 children. The program evaluation, conducted through pre- and post-questionnaires, has yielded positive feedback from both kindergarten teachers and parents of the children involved. The Ramon Space Race program ignites children's imagination through hands-on experiments in the fields of space, paving the way early for future success in the field of science and space exploration.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event74th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2023 - Baku, Azerbaijan
Duration: 2 Oct 20236 Oct 2023

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  • Ramon Foundation
  • Science Education
  • early childhood
  • exploration
  • space


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